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Schools are a great place to recycle. Children typically enjoy helping out with recycling efforts. Topics such as ‘natural resources’ and ‘reuse’ are included in the New Mexico Science Standards and the Next Generation Science standards, and can be easily integrated into classroom instruction.

In 2010, SCSWA and Las Cruces Public School District (LCPS) started the School Recycling Program with just 6 pilot schools.  Today, the program has grown to include all LCPS public schools and is an active and thriving institutional recycling program.  All LCPS public schools currently have provided a blue recycling dumpster from SCSWA and are serviced at least once a week.

With over 50 recycling dumpster placed at schools, there are more options than ever before for students, teachers and the community to recycle.  LCPS schools have embraced recycling in a big way, and all schools are active participants.

Residents are also welcomed to recycle clean and dry recyclables in the blue recycling bins at LCPS public schools.  See a list of participating school locations below.

For more information about Las Cruces Public Schools visit

Why is recycling important for schools?

When schools recycle, they saves money and energy, improves air quality, and sets a good example of environmental stewardship for the students. Recycling programs provide a prime opportunity to bring the school together around a shared goal.

SCSWA is ready to help schools establish an active and thriving school recycling program.  Call or contact us below:

  • Assist with providing classroom, hallway, cafeteria and administrative area recycling containers when available.
  • Posters that list all eligible recycling materials to post above the containers
  • Consultation for the best placements for containers and posters
  • Lesson plans on recycling, litter prevention and composting for use in school curricula; also visit our Kids Corners for fun recycling-related activities and games.
  • Guidance on arranging field trips to a materials recycling facility.
  • Speakers
  • Assistance with establishing or providing content for environmental clubs

Find out which materials are accepted for recycling within your school by clicking here.

Participating Schools:

Elementary Schools:

School Name Address
Alamedia Elementary 1325 N Alameda Blvd Las Cruces, NM, 88005
Booker T Washington Elementary School 755 E Chestnut Ave Las Cruces, NM, 88001
Central Elementary School 150 N Alameda Blvd Las Cruces, NM, 88005
Cesar Chavez Elementary School 5250 N Holman Rd Las Cruces, NM, 88012
Conlee Elementary School 1701 Boston Dr Las Cruces, NM, 88001
Desert Hills Elementary School 280 N Roadrunner Pkwy Las Cruces, NM, 88011
Doña Ana Elementary School 5551 Camino De Flores Las Cruces, NM 88005
East Picacho Elementary School 4450 N Valley Dr Las Cruces, NM, 88007
Fairacres Elementary School 4501 W Picacho Ave Las Cruces, NM, 88007
Hermosa Heights Elementary School 1655 E Amador Ave Las Cruces, NM, 88001
Highland Elementary School 4201 Emerald St Las Cruces, NM, 88012
Hillrise Elementary School 1400 S Curnutt St Las Cruces, NM, 88011
Jornada Elementary School 3400 Elks Drive Dr Las Cruces, NM, 88005
Loma Heights Elementary School 1600 E Madrid Las Cruces, NM, 88001
MacArthur Elementary School 655 N 4th St Las Cruces, NM, 88005
Mesilla Elementary School 2363 Calle Del Sur Las Cruces, NM, 88046
Mesilla Park Elementary School 955 W Union Ave Las Cruces, NM, 88005
Monte Vista Elementary School 2675 Peachtree Hills Las Cruces, NM, 88012
Sonoma Elementary School 4201 Northrise Dr Las Cruces, NM, 88011
Sunrise Elementary School 5300 N Holman Rd Las Cruces, NM, 88012
Tombaugh Elementary School 226 Carver Rd Las Cruces, NM, 88005
University Hills Elementary School 2005 Locust St Las Cruces, NM, 88001
Valley View Elementary School 915 California Ave Las Cruces, NM, 88001
White Sands Elementary School 1 Viking St White Sands Missile Range, NM, 88002

Middle Schools:

School Name Address
Camino Real Middle School 2961 N Roadrunner Pkwy Las Cruces, NM, 88011
Lynn Middle School 950 S Walnut St Las Cruces, NM, 88001
Mesa Middle School 7225 Jornada Rd Las Cruces, NM, 88012
Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy 2355 Avenida de Mesilla Mesilla, NM, 88046
Picacho Middle School 1040 N Motel Blvd Las Cruces, NM, 88007
Sierra Middle School 1700 E Spruce Ave Las Cruces, NM, 88001
Vista Middle School 4465 Elks Dr Las Cruces, NM, 88007
White Sands Middle School 1 Viking St White Sands Missile Range, NM, 88002
Zia Middle School 1300 W University Ave Las Cruces, NM, 88005

High Schools:

School Name Address
Arrowhead Park Early College High School 3600 Arrowhead Dr Las Cruces, NM, 88011
Centennial High School 1950 S Sonoma Ranch Blvd Las Cruces, NM, 88011
Las Cruces High School 1750 El Paseo Rd Las Cruces, NM, 88001
Mayfield High School 1955 N Valley Dr Las Cruces, NM, 88007
Oñate High School 5700 Mesa Grande Dr Las Cruces, NM, 88011
Rio Grande Preparatory Institute 2355 Avenida de Mesilla Mesilla, NM, 88046


School Name Address
Field of Dreams 2300 Tashiro Dr, Las Cruces, NM 88007
LCPS Admin Building 505 S. Main Street, Suite 249 Las Cruces, NM 88001

No-cost, Low-cost Solutions Recycling

Decision Makers

  • Create community awareness about reducing waste.
  • Set a school policy to use both sides of the paper to reduce waste.
  • Advocate for using recycled paper and other products.
  • Work with the community to provide incentives for recycling. TerraCycle will pay you for recycling items that had been thought to be not available for recycling.

Facility and Maintenance

  • Ensure that recycling and waste containers are in appropriate locations, where the need is.
  • Ensure that SCSWA recycling dumpster provided for community recycling drop-off on school property is accessible.

Teachers and Students

  • Encourage the use of refillable water bottles. This could mean less trips to the water fountain while the students are still getting the water they need.
  • Research waste reduction options that will work for your school. Make sure to include everyone affected by the plan that would be proposed, school leaders, staff, facility staff and students.
  • Consider setting up compost in the school yard or vermiculture bins in the classroom. If properly maintained, these can be great tools for learning and waste diversion.
  • Create a “No Waste Lunch” program at your school.
  • Hold a recycle competition. This could be inventions to resolve waste issues, a fashion show out of recycled materials, or a poster contest.
  • Our Bin Thinking Newletter is Here!

    Check out the first edition of our school recycling newsletter, Bin Thinking here.

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