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

• Resources for solid waste management during the COVID-19 public health emergency are available on the NMED COVID-19 website.

Operator certification classes for April, May, and June 2020 have been postponed indefinitely. More information will be posted on this website as soon as it is available.

• Public Involvement Plans for Eagle Rock and Don Reservoir Convenience Centers are now available on our Environmental Justice page.

• Solid Waste Bureau staff are working remotely as of March 13, 2020. Staff are available to respond to your emails and voicemails. Find contact info on the Contact Us page.