SCSWA oversees the collection contract for curbside recycling within the Las Cruces city limits. Curbside residential recycling services is provided via a collection hauler, Friedman Recycling. Residents within city limits are able to utilize a 96-gallon collection cart for bi-weekly recycling service. See list below of acceptable recyclable materials.
The contracted hauler collects the recyclables from homes and transports the recyclables to the SCSWA Trash Transfer Station. The recyclables are then prepared and transported to the materials recovery facility, Friedman Recycling Plant, in northeast El Paso for final processing.
Need to request a recycling cart? Questions about your service day? Call 575-323-5086.
Are you a county resident? Don't have access to city curbside recycling?
What Can You Recycle?
- Newspapers and Magazines
- Office Paper and Copier Paper
- Junk Mail and Envelopes
- Catalogs and Phone Books
- Paper Bags (Dry)
- Cardboard and Paper Board (Flattened)
- Paperback and Hardback Books
- Plastics #1-#7
- Soda, Juice and Water Bottles
- Milk and Juice Jugs
- Detergent Bottles
- Plastic Tubs and Jars
- Rigid Plastics (Plastic Laundry Hampers, Baskets, etc.)
- Aluminum Cans
- Steel/Tin Cans
- Pots and Pans
- Small Electronics (Cell Phones, MP3 Players, etc.)
Do NOT recycle the following (in blue recycling containers)
- Garden Hoses
- Hazardous Waste**
- Motor Oil Bottles or Any Used Automotive Oils and/or Fluids**
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- Textiles or Used Clothing
- Pizza Boxes
- Light Bulbs
- Medical Waste
- Sharp Metals**
- Yard waste or Leaves***
Can’t put these in the blue bin, but these items have other disposal options available:
*Glass recycling via drop-off recycling in yellow glass collection trailers at either the Recycling Center (2855 W. Amador) or Old Foothills Landfill (555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd). Please NEVER put glass in your blue recycling bins.
**Hazardous/Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics can be dropped off to SCSWA Recycling Center, Old Foothills Landfill, and County Collection Centers. For Residential Drop-off Only. Scrap Metal recycling drop-off is also available for residents. Free residential drop-off services are not available for commercial/business use. Contact SCSWA at 575-528-3800 for more information.
***Yard waste can be recycled and disposed of at Old Foothills Landfill and any County Collection Centers.
Contact the New Mexico Department Health at (575) 528-5000 for more information on how to dispose of medial waste.
How are my recyclables processed?
Click to to watch what happens to your recyclables once it reaches the materials recovery facility.