Residential Waste Management

Residential Waste Management

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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.

The department services over 176,000 households on a weekly basis. We offer several efficient, economic, and environmentally responsible trash disposal options for our residential customers. If you are a new resident, you can initiate new service by calling (505) 761-8100.

Our Automated Collection System allows us to provide curbside trash collection in an efficient, sanitary, and safe way. The Residential Collection Division also provides weekly curbside pick-up of recyclables.

View information about Curbside Recycling Pick-up.

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.

View information about how to 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 through the ABQ311 websitethe ABQ311 mobile app, or by dialing “311”. Requests must be made Monday-Saturday by phone 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.”

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