Trouble in Recycling Paradise at Old Foothills Landfill

If you’ve headed to the recycling yard at the Old Foothills Landfill (555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.) for recycling disposal recently, you’re not alone. In fact, Las Crucens have been busy recycling over the last few weeks and packing the large blue roll-offs with corrugated cardboard, plastic water bottles, and aluminum and tin cans from all the holiday cooking. That’s great, but it’s critical that residents flatten their boxes. Otherwise boxes overflow the bins, and dramatically reduce space for others to recycle their corrugated cardboard.

All of the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) recycling collection areas fill up fast, but the agency picks up at this site more than any other. “Our Old Foothills Landfill collection area is serviced more than any of our other locations,” said Tarkeysha Burton, SCSWA Education and Outreach Coordinator. “Staff brings in empty roll-offs and hauls off the full ones approximately 9 times a week, that’s 3 times a day on 3 days every week.” It’s a busy site, but there is trouble in recycling paradise: “Servicing this site has become increasingly difficult as SCSWA staff and the drivers frequently have to clean up illegally dumped waste such as couches and bags of trash left in the recycling yard,” said Burton. SCSWA staff must remove those items to be able to service the recycling roll-offs.

Used but clean couches and other usable furniture is welcome at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 2301 S. Main or many other thrift stores around town. Residents can dump trashed couches at the SCSWA Transfer Station (2865 W. Amador Avenue) – open 7 days a week – for a fee of $5.50 for up to 200 lbs. of trash – about what fills up the back of a pickup truck. SCSWA drivers need to know what they are picking up is recycling and not trash, so please do not bag your recycling; always leave it loose in the recycling bin.