The staff at South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) was delighted to hear of Mr. Fred Fletcher’s “glass-caping” experience, we had to share it with you.

Mr. Fletcher is an avid cyclist, recycler, and landscaper who moved to Las Cruces 25 years ago. For the past seven years, he has been picking-up glass “cullet” (about 450 buckets) from the Las Cruces Recycling Center. Glass cullet is derived from crushing recycled glass bottles and jars into small chunks of colored glass. If the color he is looking for is not there, it only takes a few weeks for it to appear.









Blue glass-scaping surrounds Nopal Cactus plant.

Mr. Fletcher enjoys working with glass and says, “it’s fun to work with and love finding new ways to decorate by combining different colors”. He finds working with glass to be, “therapeutic and a wonderful way to complement our southwest landscape”. He collects a variety of glass colors ranging from coarse to fine green, amber, white, and blue. “Glass works great for erosion control, it stays well, and does not erode nor fade”, Fletcher says.













Mr. Fletcher holds glass cullet on palm of hand.

“As long as people keep recycling glass by dropping it off at our recycling center, glass cullet will continue to be available free to the public for residential use”, says Patrick Peck – SCSWA Director. Residents can drop-off their glass bottles and jars for recycling at the following locations:

Las Cruces Recycling Center
2855 W. Amador Ave. – Open Mon-Fri:
7am-5pm & Sat-Sun: 8am-4pm

Old Foothills Landfill Recycling Yard 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.,
Open: Mon-Fri: 8am – 4pm &
Sat-Sun: 9am-3pm







White & green glass-scaping surrounds Nopal Cactus plant.

SCSWA manages solid waste, recyclables, and works to stop illegal dumping for residents and businesses throughout Doña Ana County. Contact: 575-528-3800 or:

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