The FAQ’s listed below, are for standard operating conditions, however, due to COVID-19, the Santa Fe Solid Waste Management may modify its hours and services to protect both the public and the workers during this pandemic. Hours and operations are subject to change, please check our website frequently for information on how we are providing services to the residents of the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County. For current FAQ’s during the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here.
Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency accepts cash, check, Visa or Mastercard, or approved credit accounts only. Checks can be made out to SFSWMA.
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Yes! However, if you are willing to put in the extra effort, remove the cellophane before recycling it that is preferred!
Once empty, paint cans are not toxic and can be disposed of in the regular trash. Paint cans containing water based latex paint can be disposed of in a few ways other than bringing it to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility.
Any paint that is not water based can be disposed of at the BuRRT Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility is open Fridays and Saturdays ONLY, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Visit the Plastic section to see which items can be recycled and which are trash.
Unfortunately there is no way to recycle your mattress in Santa Fe so it must be sent to the landfill. You can call the City for a large item pick up or you can bring it to BuRRT. If your mattress is like new, you could check with one of the local Donation Centers to see if they would take it.
There are two ways to bury trash
An open hole in the ground where trash is buried and that has various animals (rats, mice, birds) swarming around. (This is most people’s idea of a landfill!)
Carefully designed structure built into or on top of the ground in which trash is isolated from the surrounding environment (groundwater, air, rain). This isolation is accomplished with a bottom liner and daily covering of soil. Municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill uses a synthetic (plastic) liner to isolate the trash from the environment.
The purpose of a landfill is to bury the trash in such a way that it will be isolated from groundwater, will be kept dry and will not be in contact with air. Under these conditions, trash will not decompose much. A landfill is not like a Compost pile, where the purpose is to bury trash in such a way that it will decompose quickly.