Solid Waste Management Department Offers Fall Green Waste Collection

Green Waste pickup is a free service offered to Solid Waste customers

Nov. 23, 2020

One week from today, on Monday, November 30, the City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Management Department’s (SWMD) Fall green waste collection begins and will run through Friday, December 11. SWMD will collect residential green waste at no additional charge.

“We want to encourage residents to take advantage of this free and sustainable service.” stated Matthew Whelan, Director of Solid Waste Management Department. “This program promotes a key aspect of sustainability which is reuse. Currently, the green waste collected is mulched and used to help provide soil protection at the Cerro Colorado Landfill.”

Solid Waste residential customers should have their green waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on their regular trash collection day. All green waste must be placed 5 feet from trash and recycling containers as well as any large items scheduled for pick-up.

Solid Waste customers must place their green waste such as leaves, grass, and brush in trash bags. Each trash bag should not weigh more than 40 pounds. Customers that have branches must cut them to four-foot lengths and bundle them securely. Green waste should not be placed in your recycle cart.

The following items will not be picked up:

  • Dirt
  • Construction debris
  • Gravel
  • Construction material
  • Tree stumps

For more information call 311, TTY 711, or visit