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

•  Annual Reports are due February 14, 2020. See our Forms page for instructions and supplemental forms.

•  The Operator Certification Schedule for 2020 is now available on our Training page for review and registration.

•  Fiscal Year 2021 Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) grant applications will be available on this website beginning February 4, 2020  and will be accepted until March 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

•  Register to attend a session of the RAID Grant Writing Workshop to be held Friday, February 21, 2020 at The NMED District One Office, 121 Tijeras Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM. Indicate which session you would like to attend when registering:

  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. –   4:30 p.m.

To register please email or call 505-827-2828