The 7th Annual Electronics Recycling Collection Event is sponsored by South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) and will take place at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd., from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Both City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County residents are welcome to bring their old electronics for free recycling. A list of commonly acceptable types of electronics are listed below. However, “white goods” electrical items, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers and other appliances are not accepted. Para ver esta información en español, clic aquí.  Read More →

The next time you walk into the Las Cruces TARGET store, don’t bring your glass bottles and jars. Instead, please drop them off at the nearby Old Foothills Landfill Recycling Yard which is open 24-hours a day.“We think this will be a big boost to the program,” says Tarkeysha Burton, SCSWA Recycling Coordinator, who adds, “We are crushing more than 20 tons of glass every month now in Las Cruces. All the crushed cullet is picked up within an hour or so of us placing it out for residents. With the additional glass, those who have been walking away empty handed will be able toRead More →

It’s clearly marked on the bright yellow roll-offs and bins, but some people are not getting the message: GLASS ONLY!“We are now crushing 200 tons of glass per month,” says Tarkeysha Burton, Recycling Coordinator of the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA). “And every bit of the crushed colored glass is being picked up by community residents, who are using it mostly for landscaping their yards.” The community is doing a great job of dropping off glass for crushing, Burton says, but there is some trouble in paradise. “Some residents are not being careful to separate colors of glass. And, we are now experiencing items likeRead More →

By Suzanne Michaels and Isabel Walter Representatives from agencies as far away as Washington D.C. and Monterrey Mexico attended a local Tire Management Workshop last week to come up with solutions to an issue that plagues every state in the nation – what to do with scrap tires. The problem: an estimated 1 tire per person per year is discarded in the U.S. The good news is more than 85% of used tires have a known end market. But that still leaves an estimated 1 billion stockpiled scrap tires stacked next to buildings, in warehouses, or dumped in our mountains, desert, and lakes. That’s generallyRead More →

By Suzanne Michaels for The Sun-News LAS CRUCES >> “The South Central Solid Waste Authority has been a strong partner and supporter of New Mexico Recycling Coalition efforts,” said NMRC director English Bird. “The agency is also a regional leader providing a comprehensive list of recycling services, as well as growing its various waste diversion programs.” As a result, said Bird, “We are delighted to honor the SCSWA with the Distinguished Member award.” The New Mexico Recycling Coalition board recently developed the award to recognize entities that have been “significant contributors to both the state of recycling in New Mexico and the NMRC,” according toRead More →

by Keysha Burton In order to continue to offer beneficial and efficient solid waste management and recycling services, there will be a nominal increase to service fees starting on July 1, 2015.   A table of the new rates is below.  Taxes are applicable. Service Type New Rate Fixed Price 1 $5.00 load Fixed Price 2 $10.00 load Minimum Fee $5.00 load Flat Rate No Tax $10.00 load Small Animal $5.00 each Medium Animal $10.00 each Large Animal $20.00 each Animal Shelter $7.50 load Single Stream Recycling $18.00 ton Compactor Roll-off $145.15 pull Price per ton Amador Ave T.S. $36.50 ton Illegal Dumping $18.25 ton TiresRead More →

By Suzanne Michaels Everyone is welcome to drop off recyclables in the recycling dumpsters at area schools. You don’t have to be a student, teacher, or staff member to use the big blue 6-cubic yard recycling dumpsters; they are intended for use by the school and the surrounding neighborhood. Fifty-one (51) dumpsters at 39 schools are open to all!   More than 30,000 homes in Las Cruces have residential curbside recycling bins, but in case you don’t… drop off is as close as the nearest school. In the County there are more opportunities to recycle: 8 Collection Center facilities where residents can bring recyclables andRead More →

By Suzanne Michaels   With 5 drive-ins and one main office location, Sonic Drive-Ins of Las Cruces are committed to waste reduction and recycling. Senior Marketing Director, Donna Volz, notes, “It’s the right thing to do, and great for the environment. Our goal is to be good neighbors and citizens within the community; recycling helps us achieve that goal.”   Sonic Drive-Ins of Las Cruces started recycling in October 2009. Like many other local businesses, Sonic’s main recyclable is carboard. The latest numbers show the popular drive-in restaurants recycle 7,927 lbs every week – that’s 3.96 tons every seven days. By the end of theRead More →