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Collection Day Overview

Information about trash collection in the City of Albuquerque.
A recycling cart and a trash cart spaced at least five feet apart.

Do Your Part with Your Cart

  • Please keep trash and recycle carts lids fully closed. Do not overfill carts.
  • Set carts out by 7 a.m., remove from street within 24 hours.
  • Place wheeled cart at least five feet away from other carts, mailboxes, fire hydrants, parked cars, low hanging trees, or utility poles so trucks can easily access the cart.
  • Place trash and recycle carts with the wheels and handles toward the curb. Trash and recycle carts should be placed in the street.
  • Do not place hot ashes or coals into the cart.
  • Place all trash in plastic bags.
  • All household generated sharps: needles, lancets, and single razor blades must be placed inside a hard plastic container and labeled “Contains Sharps.”
  • Do not place hazardous waste in your trash or recycle cart. See Household Hazardous Waste for more information.
  • Do not put medications in the trash. See Disposal of Pharmaceuticals for more information.
  • Do not put construction or demolition waste.
  • Do not dispose of waste containing free liquids

Trash is collected every week on your designated trash day. To determine your trash day, look up your trash day by address.



  • Residential customer rate - $18
  • Extra carts - $7.69 per month per cart

Holiday Schedules

Trash collection is delayed by one day for the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Day

If the holiday is on a weekend no changes will occur to residential pick-up.

View full list of holiday collection schedules.

Trash & Recycling Bins 

If your trash or recycle cart is lost, stolen, or damaged the City of Albuquerque offers residents a one-time replacement cart for no charge. Each additional replacement cart after the first request will cost $51.48.

Request a Bin

Special Assistance Pickup

We provide special assistance trash, household hazardous waste, and glass pick-ups for elderly or disabled residents. Qualified residents must have a doctor’s certification. To apply, please download and complete the Residential Disability Form.

New Residents

The Solid Waste Management department provides one 96-gallon plastic roll-out cart for curbside trash and one 96-gallon cart for recycling. Please contact us to begin residential trash and recycling collection. Once you have contacted us, staff will create an account for your residence and will mail you an information packet describing our services. To set up new service please notify Solid Waste Management by calling 505-761-8100.

Request to Stop Service

Information about suspending your residential garbage pickup service.

(Ord. 42-2006) § 9-10-1-11  COLLECTION FEES.

  1. Written request for service suspension is received by the City Solid Waste Management Department ten days prior to the beginning of suspension. The request shall include date of departure and expected return date.
  2. Written request should be mailed to:

    City of Albuquerque

    Solid Waste Management Department
    4600 Edith Blvd. N.E.
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107

  3. Requests by telephone cannot be honored.
  4. If refuse is found at the premises during temporary suspension of service and it is determined said refuse was generated by lawful occupants of the premises, the customer may be back billed for entire suspension period. All charges are on full month basis and shall not be prorated.

Download the  Stop Service Request Form  and Mail to the above address or fax to 761-8187.

Uncontained Trash Pick-Up

Excess garbage or yard waste that does not fit into your resident cart can be picked up for a fee. Property owners may request a special pick-up Monday-Saturday by phone at least 24 hours in advance for a $59.31 service fee. Call 311 to schedule.