Helping Santa Fe Rethink Their Waste
Green Waste
Green waste, or yard waste, consists of yard trimmings, leaves, and flowers from landscapes and parks.
Mulching or composting green waste is a great way to keep biodegradable waste out of the landfill.

Beautify your landscape or compost bin with local mulch. It might even help reduce your water bill.
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EPA Waste Management Hierarchy


Monday -Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

HHW: Fridays and Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Closed: New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day/4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Methods of payment: cash, check, debit card, credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover only).


Cash Customers

Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closed: Sundays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Methods of payment: cash, check, debit card, credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover only).

Commercial Account Customers

Note: Pre-approved commercial account holders only.

Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed: Sundays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Every yard and garden has it, so why not turn it into something valuable?  Instead of tossing green waste out with your garbage, consider these options.

By mulching or composting your green waste you are helping to conserve landfill space and water – all while saving money on disposal fees.  Large amounts of green waste is banned from the landfill.

Green Waste includes cuttings and trimmings from trees, shrubs, flowering plants, or lawn and similar materials.

Horse manure is accepted as green waste at BuRRT.

Green Waste DOES NOT include:

  • Weeds
  • Cholla Cactus
  • Sod
  • Root Balls
  • Tree Stumps
  • Tree Trunks Greater than 18 inches in diameter
  • Pet Waste
  • Rocks
  • Dirt/Soil (clean or contaminated)
  • Household Waste
  • Litter
  • Plastic Bags
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Pallets – Pallets usually have nails and are treated, which is not desired for landscape applications.
  • Palm fronds – The fibers in a palm frond are too difficult to mulch or compost.
  • Lumber or any type of treated wood – This includes plywood, sheet rock, and chipboard
  • Construction and Demolition

MUST remove Green Waste from bags or containers at the time of unloading

2013 Total MSW Generation (by Material)

 254 Million Tons (before recycling) 

Source: EPA 

Composting and Gardening Resources in Santa Fe

EPA – Composting Resources

New Mexico Environment Department (NMED)

NMORO – NM Organics Recycling OrganizationResources

NMORO Organics Recycling Task Force
NMORO offers organics recycling expertise to help reach our state’s goal of increased diversion. It has also launched an Organics Recycling Task Force, which meets to discuss issues and develop resources.

Composting CouncilToolkits/Resources and Organics Collection Programs

Santa Fe Garden Club –  Resources

Santa Fe Master Gardener Association

Once a month on Saturdays in 2018 Hands-on Clinics will teach proper techniques for building a thermal pile, turning, finishing, and screening compost, in addition to straw bale worm composting techniques (vermicomposting). Bring hats, gloves, sturdy shoes, water, and a pitch fork if you have one. All clinics held at the Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens, County Fairgrounds, 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe.

Homegrown New Mexico

2018 Home Grown New Mexico education classes/workshops/events in Santa Fe.  These classes are also posted on the community calendar in red. Note: some of classes have a fee for members. But many classes are free for members or at reduced rates. Non-members pay a fee for most classes.  Classes/Events

Reunity Resources

Reunity Resources is a Northern New Mexico-based 501c3 social enterprise with a zero waste mission: “it’s our goal to reunite our waste streams with value for our community. We are dedicated to educating about, implementing and promoting zero waste programs. We facilitate recycling and reuse from Santa Fe area restaurants, and we are the only organization of our kind in the nation. Through our BioFuel Collective, we collect used cooking oil from local restaurants, recycle it into ASTM-certified biodiesel and then redistribute clean, renewable fuel to northern New Mexico. We also educate about and advocate for closed-loop recycling systems and the use of alternative fuels.  Our compost program diverts 1.4 million pounds of food waste ANNUALLY from our local landfill […] and creating a valuable resource for other farmers and gardeners and participating in the carbon sequestration cycle. We also partner with Santa Fe Public Schools and we have trained staff and over 8,250 children at a dozen elementary schools in cafeteria compost separation.” (Source)

Santa Fe County



Compost Purchasing

City of Santa Fe Wastewater Treatment Plant – Compost

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