Residential Waste Management

Information about Residential Waste Management

The City of Albuquerque's Solid Waste Management Department is committed to giving Albuquerque residents the best trash collection service possible with the lowest fees in the region.

Holiday Schedule

Certain types of household waste such as paints, oils, drain cleaners, and pesticides are considered potentially hazardous. These items cannot be placed in the automated collection carts along with other household trash. Hazardous materials pose a risk to refuse workers and are harmful to the environment. See more information on how to safely dispose of Household Hazardous Waste.

Large Item Pick-up

Appliances and similar large items that will not fit into the automated containers will be picked up free of charge. Albuquerque residents may schedule a large item pick-up by dialing "311". Requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance. No more than a standard pick-up truck load may be collected. An excess charge thereafter may be applied.

Items that will be picked up include but are not limited to: refrigerators, air conditioners, stoves, dish washers, washing machines and dryers, water heaters, lawn mowers, doors, sinks, toilets, mattresses, furniture, and televisions.

Please note the following: Refrigerators and Freezers must be empty and not contain any food or other material.  The doors must be taped shut securely or removed to prevent children from climbing in. Items that are contaminated with bed bugs, blood, etc. can not be collected.

Items can be brought to the Centers so long as they are not hazardous in nature or infectious waste. The Solid Waste Rules under Prohibited Acts state that “no person shall dispose of any solid waste in a manner that a person knows or should know will harm the environment or endangers the public health, welfare or safety."

For further information on large items please call "311."

Additional Uncontained Trash

This consists of all excess garbage and yard waste that does not fit in your residential roll-out cart or Commercial refuse container. Property owners may request a special pick-up at least 24 hours in advance for a $59.31 service fee by calling "311."

Please note that additional charges will apply if service requires additional staff, time or equipment.

Please have your water account number available. The service can not be scheduled without your account number. All acceptable material must be boxed, bagged, or bundled, 40 lbs or less, 4 ft or less.  Because of the potential for equipment damage, residential collection is unable to pick up concrete, rocks, bricks, dirt, sod, tar, shingles, hazardous materials or tree stumps.

PLEASE NOTE: Because there is a charge, you will need your water bill account number in order to request an extra pickup.

Construction Debris may be taken to Southwest Landfill please call (505) 242-2020 Further information. Customers may also take construction debris to the Rio Rancho Landfill please call (505) 892-2055 for further information. See more information on the City of Albuquerque's Green Waste Recycling Program, and backyard composting, an easy alternative to yard waste pick-up.

Curbside collection of green waste (yard waste) is offered free-of-charge two times per year. Watch for inserts in your water bill announcing these special collection days during the fall and spring.

Holiday Collection Schedule

Solid Waste Management is closed with no curbside pick-up on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Service for these holidays will be the day following the holiday.

Missed Pick-ups

If your trash or recyclables are not picked up on your regular collection day, call the Missed Pick-up Hotline at (505) 761-8100. Pick-up will be made within 24 hours or on the next business day.

Low Income Assistance

Low income residents may receive a credit for water, sewer, and refuse on their monthly city utility bills. Income determination and certification is provided by El Paisano, a community organization. For more information, contact Dr. Levi Duran at El Paisano, (505) 615-0663.

Disability Assistance

Solid Waste Management provides assistance for disabled or elderly residents free of charge. For disability assistance, call (505) 761-8100. See more information on Services for the Disabled.

Where Does The Trash Go?

Learn all about Albuquerque's state-of-the-art Cerro Colorado Landfill.

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