New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Solid Waste Bureau

We promote and assure solid waste management practices that improve public health and protect New Mexico’s air, land, and water.

The Solid Waste Bureau regulates solid waste facilities and operations, including commercial haulers, landfills, transfer stations, collection centers, recycling and composting facilities, and infectious waste processing facilities.  We also regulate scrap tire generators, scrap tire haulers, tire recycling facilities and construction projects using more than 100 scrap tires throughout New Mexico.

The Bureau provides outreach and education, to provide regulated facilities with the knowledge necessary to run compliant operations; permitting, to establish effective management and monitoring procedures to ensure that regulated facilities do not adversely affect human health, welfare, or the environment; and enforcement, to compel compliance with permits and regulatory requirements and to discourage future acts of noncompliance.

The Bureau’s activities are guided by the NM Solid Waste Act; Solid Waste Rules; Recycling and Illegal Dumping Act; Recycling, Illegal Dumping, and Scrap Tire Management Rules; and other state and federal rules and policies.

Solid Waste Bureau Announcements

• We’re hiring! SWB will be hiring an Outreach Specialist (Environmental Scientist and Specialist-Operational) at the Rapid Hire event, Dec. 11. Job duties include compiling annual report data, managing grants, conducting operator certification classes, and providing technical assistance to solid waste, recycling, and composting facilities. We would love to meet you!

• A Public Involvement Plan for a proposed groundwater contamination remedy at the closed Foothills Landfill in Las Cruces is now available on our Environmental Justice page.