Includes packaging and shipping boxes such as, Amazon, USPS, FedEx, DHL type boxes.  Things to help you identify corrugated cardboard include:

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PET is used as a raw material for making packaging materials such as bottles and containers for packaging a wide range of food products and other consumer goods.

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HDPE #2 are widely accepted at recycling centers because recycling these materials can reduce the cost of products made from these plastics.

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White printer paper, also known as High Grade Deinked Paper) is quality paper that consists of things like envelopes, copy paper and letterhead that has gone through the printing process and had the ink removed.

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Aluminum and tin recycling provides many environmental, economic and community benefits. It saves energy, time, money and natural resources; and often it generates jobs and helps to pay for community services that make life better for millions of people.

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The following items should not be placed into your recycling bin...

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Accepted Least Preferred

Items still accepted, but least preferred include:

  • Junk mail and mixed paper
    • Includes bus is not limited to: newspaper, magazines, colored paper, coated paper, phone books, etc.
  • Soft cover and hard cover books
  • Plastics #3-#7 and rigid plastics
  • Chip/paper board (i.e. shoe boxes, cereal and tissue boxes, empty toilet paper rolls, pasta and food boxes, milk and juice cartons)
  • Paper towels, tissue or toilet paper
  • Shredded paper – MUST be bagged in clear bags.  Material bagged in shopping bags, white or any other colored bag be discarded

Why aren't these items preferred:

Why are these not preferred/least preferred.? In short: these items are the trash items of recycling.  These items are low value and are commonly downcycled into lower quality products.  These items end up costing the recycling program as the material has little to no value to offset the cost to process it.

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Residential Recycling
Residents are able to recycle their traditional recyclables at the recycling center. This includes the FAB 5 and mixed paper.  This service is NOT for commercial/business use!
Glass Recycling Drop-off
Yellow is the new blue! Glass recycling is a great opportunity for residents to recycle even more! Yellow glass recycling trailers and/or containers are placed at two drop-off locations within the city.  Recycle clean and dry, browm, blue, clear and green glass bottles and jars.
Scrap Metal and White Goods Drop-off
Residents are welcome to bring scrap metal and white goods such as refrigerators for free recycling.  Refrigerators require certified proof of freon removal or incur a $20 removal fee upon drop-off.   We do not pay for any material received.
Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any product that meet one or more of the following characteristic: corrosive, flammable, reactive, explosive, radioactive, toxic, poisonus.  SCSWA accepts no more than 5 gallons of HHW per person per day.  This service is NOT for commercial/business use.  
Electronics (E-Waste) Recycling
Data storing electronics are accepted for free recycling drop-off.  Data storing items include: desktops, laptops, MP3 players, smart phones,, etc.  Items such as monitors and TVs are no longer accepted for free and will incur a $5 charge for up to 3 units/per household, per day.
RECircle It Center
The RECircle It Center online reuse and upcycling center. We're giving our residents an opportunity to find creative ways to give new life to materials that would otherwise be recycled or thrown away.  Materials will vary, and will be available on a first come, first serve basis.


South Central Solid Waste Authority

Recycling Center Postal address: 2855 W. Amador, Las Cruces, NM 88005 Administrative Office: (575) 528-3589

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday - Friday - 7:00 am to 5:00 pm (last customer accepted at 4:45 pm)
  • Saturday and Sunday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (last customer accepted at 3:45 pm)

The South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) is the City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County agency responsible for managing your garbage and recyclables. We manage: •Corralitos Landfill •Amador Avenue Transfer Station •The Recycling Center (Amador Ave.) •Almost 40 Las Cruces Public Schools recycling drop-off sites •8 County sites that accept solid waste (garbage) and recyclables •Provide solid waste service for the City of Sunland Park •Provide solid waste and recycling services for Truth or Consequences The SCSWA provides solid waste management services to south central New Mexico (Las Cruces and Doña County) that include: •Collection, transport, and disposal of waste •Recycling collection services •Waste reduction and recycling education •Cleanup of illegal dump sites © 2018