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Collection Day Overview

Information about trash collection in the City of Albuquerque.

Do Your Part with Your Cart

  • Set carts out by 7 a.m., remove from street within 24 hours. Download our infographic.
  • 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.


Holiday Schedules

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

  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Day

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

Missed Pick-Ups

If your trash is not picked up on your regular collection day, call (505) 761-8100 or 311. Pick-up will occur within 24 hours or on the next business day.

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 95-gallon plastic roll-out cart for curbside trash and one 95-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. When leaving a residence, please notify Solid Waste Management by calling (505) 761-8100.

Low Income Assistance

Low-income assistance is available for homeowners through The Storehouse of Greater Albuquerque. Customers meeting household income requirements may qualify for assistance with their water, sewer, and refuse bills. To apply: Download the application.

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.