QUICK INFO

If you have curbside collection, everything listed in the mixed recycling section may be recycled in your cart.

Have questions about recycling? Call the Public Works Department at (505) 992-3010.

Recycling Information

Aside from conserving natural resources, recycling saves you money. It is free to recycle household waste at County convenience centers, so the more you recycle, the more you save.

Recycling saves the County money too, which helps keep costs down for you. In 2016, Santa Fe County saved $136,000 by recycling 24% of the material from convenience centers. By increasing our recycling rate to the national average of 35%, we can save an additional $63,000 per year. The cost of punch cards and bag tags will increase the next two years to help cover the cost of service. Recycling will help the County continue providing the same level of service without raising rates.

For these reasons and others, Santa Fe County has made recycling mandatory at convenience centers. Any person placing recyclables in the waste bins will be issued a warning and/or issued a citation. If found guilty, the criminal penalty shall be a minimum of $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense, and $75 for the third offense.

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Flatten boxes.
  2. Keep clean and dry. Rinse lightly.
  3. Place loose in containers. No bags. Do not tie with string.
  4. Puts caps back on plastic and metal bottles and containers (if possible). Remove caps from glass bottles and containers.

Recycle right! If you’re not sure if a material is recyclable, put it in the garbage. Contamination causes a lot of problems, so when in doubt, throw it out! For more information on how to recycle right, contact us at (505) 992-3010.

MINIMUM SIZE OF RECYCYABLES: Anything smaller than a post card cannot be handled by the processing facility and should be landfilled or composted.

What happens to the material?

Mixed recyclables, cardboard, glass, and tires are hauled to the Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station in Santa Fe. Scrap metal and appliances are sold to a metal recycling company in Santa Fe that sorts it and sells it to a smelter where it is turns it into raw material for manufacturing. Glass is crushed at the Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station and is sold for local landscaping, agriculture, and construction operations. Mixed recyclables are hauled to Albuquerque where they are sorted, sold in domestic and international markets, and manufactured into new products. Tires are sent to a recycling facility in Denver City, TX where they are turned into a raw material used in asphalt and new rubber applications. Automotive fluids are sold to a company that refines or cleans it in order to turn it into new automotive fluids.

Acceptable Items for Recycling at County Convenience Centers:

Mixed Recycling
Glass
Used automotive fluids
Tires (punch on card)
Green waste/yard waste
Scrap metal

Mixed Recycling
Free

YES:
Aluminum cans
Boxboard (cereal boxes, egg cartons, etc.)
Brown paper bags
Cardboard
Food and beverage cartons
Junk mail
Magazines and catalogs
Newspaper
Office paper
Paperback and hardcover books
Phone books
Plastic bottles and containers (jars, tubs, clamshells, etc.)
Rigid plastics (toys, laundry baskets, buckets, etc.)
Shredded paper (place in clear plastic bags)
Steel/tin cans

NO:
Batteries
Bubble padded or Tyvek envelopes
Electronics
Containers which held toxins such as paint, pesticides, and motor oil
Food-contaminated containers (i.e. greasy pizza boxes)
Garden hoses
Glass
Paper cups
Paper towels, napkins, tissues
Plastic film (grocery bags, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, food wrappers, etc.)
Pressurized cylinders
Scrap metal (place in scrap metal area)
Styrofoam
Syringes, sharps, or sharp containers
Wax coated cardboard
Waxy paper (i.e. tea bag wrappers)
Wrapping paper

 

Glass
Free

YES:
Bottles
Jars
NO:
Broken glass
Ceramics
Drinking glasses
Light bulbs
Window or plate glass

 

Used Automotive Fluids
Free. No more than five gallons per trip.

YES:
Gear oil
Hydraulic oil
Motor oil
Power steering fluid
Transmission fluid
NO:
Antifreeze
Oil that has been mixed with fluids other than those listed (including water)
Other automotive fluids

 

Tires
Permit punch required. No more than eight tires per month.

YES:
Passenger tires
NO:
Rims
Tractor/heavy equipment tires

 

Green Waste/Yard Waste
Permit punch required

YES:
Brush
Clean wood
Tree trimmings
NO:
Green waste larger than six feet or 24 inches in diameter
Lumber
Stumps
Wood with paint and nails

 

 

Scrap Metal & Appliances
Free

YES:
Aluminum
Appliances
Brass
Catalytic convertors
Copper
Iron
Lead
Radiators
Steel
Wire
NO:
Electronics (other than appliances)
Lead-acid batteries
Metal containing hazardous materials (i.e. undrained motor oil filters)
Refrigerant containing appliances (refrigerators, air conditioners, etc.) without a CFC removal sticker

 

Other Recycling Locations in Santa Fe County:

If your business should be added to this listing, contact us at (505) 992-3010.

Quick Links:
Car batteries
Cell phones, cell phone batteries, tablets, and chargers
Fluorescent light bulbs
Electronic waste
Ink/toner cartridges
Plastic bags
Rechargeable batteries
Refrigerant containing appliances
Used motor oil


Car Batteries
Some facilities offer cash or gift cards. Call facility for details.

Auto Zone
6421-2 Airport Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 424-0252
Johnny‘s Standard Motor Parts
110 S Riverside Dr
Espanola, NM 87532
(505) 753-7335
O’Reilly Auto Parts
17 Liberty Square Cir
Edgewood, NM 87015
(505) 596-0054
Auto Zone
2505 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 438-3374
Mr. G’s Recycling
7625 Baca Ln
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 474-6969
Pep Boys Auto Parts
2710 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 473-3463
Auto Zone
1944 Old US 66
Edgewood, NM 87015
(505) 286-1855
Napa Auto Parts
1125 Calle La Resolana
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 471-1464
Sam’s Club
4201 Rodeo Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 471-8825
Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station*
2600 Buckman Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 955-2215
O’Reilly Auto Parts
4715 Airport Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 473-0058
 
Capital Scrap Metals
1162 Cooks Ln
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 471–0740
O’Reilly Auto Parts
2109 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 438-0844
 
*Only on Fridays and Saturdays

 

Cell Phones, Cell Phone Batteries, Tablets, and Chargers
Restrictions may apply. Call facility for details.

AP Wireless
6001 Jaguar Dr #101
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 471-1085
EcoATM (in Walmart)
3251 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Target
3550 Zafarano Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 471-9600
AT&T
3494 Zafarano Dr D
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 424-1638
EcoATM (in Santa Fe Place Mall)
4250 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
T-Mobile
4056 Cerrillos Rd Ste E-2
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 471-0385
Best Buy
3533 Zafarano Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 438-4761
Office Depot
2016 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 474-7181
Verizon Authorized Retailer – Go Wireless
604 N Guadalupe St D
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 820-2054
Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station
2600 Buckman Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 955-2215
Office Depot
153 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 986-0096
Verizon Authorized Retailer – Go Wireless
500 Market St E
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 983-6083
Dotfoil Computers
851 St Michaels Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 954-9955
Sprint Store
3777 Cerrillos Rd A
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 474-5200
Verizon
3545 Zafarano Dr C
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 424-1620

 

Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Restrictions/fees may apply. Call facility for details.

Batteries Plus Bulbs
1609 St Michael’s Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 629-0538
Home Depot
952 Richards Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 424-9463
Lowe’s Home Improvement
3458 Zafarano Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 819-4080
Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station*
2600 Buckman Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 955-2215
   
*Only on Fridays and Saturdays

 

Electronic Waste
Restrictions/fees may apply. Call facility for details.

Best Buy
3533 Zafarano Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 438-4761
Dotfoil Computers
851 St Michaels Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 954-9955
Office Depot
153 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 986-0096
Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station
2600 Buckman Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 955-2215
Mr. G’s Recycling
7625 Baca Ln
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 474-6969
 
Capital Scrap Metals
1162 Cooks Ln
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 471–0740
Office Depot
2016 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 474-7181
 

 

Ink/Toner Cartridges

Best Buy
3533 Zafarano Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 438-4761
Office Depot
2016 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 474-7181
Office Depot
153 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 986-0096
Cartridges Etc.
1214 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 473-2739
   

 

Plastic Bags
Grocery/shopping bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, etc. No food wrap or bags with zippers, slide locks, or drawstrings.

Albertsons Market
600 N Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 982-4668
Eldorado Supermarket
7 Avenida Vista Grande
Santa Fe, NM 87508
(505) 466-2602
Smith’s Food and Drug
2B NM-344
Edgewood, NM 87015
(505) 286-6691
Albertsons Market
3001 St Francis Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 992-8663
Home Depot
952 Richards Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 424-9463
Sprouts Farmers Market
199 Paseo De Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 988-1140
Albertsons Market
3542 Zafarano Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 471-1058
Lowe’s Home Improvement
3458 Zafarano Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 819-4080
Target
3550 Zafarano Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 471-9600
Best Buy
3533 Zafarano Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 438-4761
Smith’s Food and Drug
2110 S Pacheco St
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 473-5560
Whole Foods Market
753 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 992-1700

 

Rechargeable Batteries
Non-leaking rechargeable batteries used in power tools, cell phones, laptops, etc. No single-use alkaline batteries.
Nickel Cadmium (Ni-CD), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), Small sealed lead acid (SSLA/Pb), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH, Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)

Batteries Plus Bulbs
1609 St Michael’s Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 629-0538
Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station*
2600 Buckman Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 955-2215
Lowe’s Home Improvement
3458 Zafarano Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 819-4080
Best Buy
3533 Zafarano Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 438-4761
Home Depot
952 Richards Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 424-9463
 
*Only on Fridays and Saturdays

 

Refrigerant Containing Appliances
Fees may apply. Please call facility for details.

Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station
2600 Buckman Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 955-2215
Capital Scrap Metals
1162 Cooks Ln
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 471–0740
Mr. G’s Recycling
7625 Baca Ln
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 474-6969


Used Motor Oil
Maximum allowable amounts may apply. Please call facility for details.

Advance Auto Parts
1209 Siler Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 438-1849
Auto Zone
1944 Old US 66
Edgewood, NM 87015
(505) 286-1855
O’Reilly Auto Parts
2109 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 438-0844
Auto Zone
6421-2 Airport Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 424-0252
Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station*
2600 Buckman Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 955-2215
O’Reilly Auto Parts
17 Liberty Square Cir
Edgewood, NM 87015
(505) 596-0054
Auto Zone
2505 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 438-3374
O’Reilly Auto Parts
4715 Airport Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 473-0058
Pep Boys Auto Parts
2710 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 473-3463
*Only on Fridays and Saturdays