Change is In the Air with SCSWA By: Cassie McClure September 10, 2021

Headline: Change is In the Air with SCSWA

Submitted by South Central Solid Waste Authority

Date: Friday, September 10, 2021 (Bulletin)

Caption: New recycling containers will match new trash containers. In the next few months, SCSWA will be replacing bins throughout Las Cruces.

In the next few months, South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) will be exchanging all existing Friedman Recycling containers with the new SCSWA and City of Las Cruces logo. The change will bring clarity for customers who will have a simple reminder for the  one-stop-shop customer service number: 541-2111.

Residents may have already seen SCSWA trucks picking up their recycling instead of Friedman, whose collection contract is nearing an end.

“There will be no disruption to service or use when we exchange containers,” said Miguel Fernandez, SCSWA program administrator. “New containers will be exchanged on the day of service so that we have more participation out on the curb. Our teams will be following the service trucks, so recycling bins should be empty and, for the most part, should create a clean exchange without placing materials in a new container.”

He explained that the process might take a while when they receive the new bins by the end of the year. “Our current customer base is 35,416,” he said and warned customers not to hang on to the old bins. “While it may be tempting to try and keep the old container, our drivers will no longer be serving the old carts once we’ve rolled out with the new.”

SCSWA Director Patrick Peck said that the new bins would be only the beginning of changes in the coming months.

“We have lots of things in the works and are just now beginning to see things take shape,” said Peck. “We have new operation employees are being added so that we can ramp up recycling in Las Cruces, plus we’re taking steps to maintain our existing infrastructure.”

Peck continued, “There are repairs almost complete at the Chaparral Transfer Station, and we are submitting requests to grow our recycling projects out on Holman Road as a part of the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan as well. We’re looking forward to sharing our expansion with our customers and enhance how we recycle in Las Cruces.”

South Central Solid Waste Authority manages solid waste and recyclables for residents and businesses throughout Doña Ana County. Contact SCSWA at (575) 528-3800 or visit