Opening Up Recycling By Cassie McClure May 21, 2021

Headline: Opening Up Recycling

Submitted by South Central Solid Waste Authority

Caption: Remember to go back to basics: break down your recycled boxes for more space in your bin.

With the state and country opening back up, New Mexicans can get back to recycling with a bit more ease. It’s been a long year, and if you’ve been stashing the Amazon boxes because they won’t fit in your blue bin, come back out to Las Cruces Recycle Center 2855 W. Amador Avenue or at the Foothills Landfill Composting Facility at 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. Masks and social distancing are still encouraged.

“Once we came into the Turquoise level, we knew that there will be more people feeling ready to come deliver the recycling that might have piled up during the past year,” Miguel Fernandez, South Central Solid Waste (SCSWA) program administrator, said. “We’re ready for people to bring their recycling, but we want to make sure that people remember the basics – break cardboard down and make sure recyclables are clean, dry, and free from food waste.”

The benefits of recycling are clear: what doesn’t end up in the landfill and can be reused helps protect our environment. But, what is and isn’t recyclable still can be a problem.

“If the past year showed us anything, it’s that working together is key to solving problems,” Fernandez said. “Nationally, the U.S. U.S. currently has a 32% national recycling rate, but we’re working toward the U.S. EPA goal of 50% goal by 2030.”

Know What to Throw:

Clean and dry items

  • No: Scraped out peanut butter jars
  • Yes: Quickly rinsed out milk jugs


  • Yes: Shipping boxes
  • No: Pizza boxes

Things that never go in: Cords, bagged recyclables, plastic bags, bubble envelopes, Styrofoam

For more information, and statewide recycling locations in case you’re traveling this summer, can be found here:

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