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

Grant Programs


Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Fund


To protect the health and welfare of current and future residents of New Mexico by providing for the prevention and abatement of illegal dumpsites and promoting environmentally sound methods for reuse and recycling.


About $800,000 is available annually for:

  • Offsetting the cost of scrap tire collection and recycling
  • Abating illegal dumpsites
  • Establishing recycling facilities
  • Developing recycling infrastructure
  • Purchasing equipment for recycling and scrap tire management
  • Performing marketing regarding recycling and scrap tire management
  • Providing educational outreach regarding scrap tire management, recycling, and illegal dumping
  • Purchasing products produced by a recycling facility
  • Contracting with vendors to promote recycling

At least two-thirds of budgeted grant money in each fiscal year is allocated to scrap tire abatement and recycling programs, and one-third is allocated to abatement of illegal dumping and recycling of other solid wastes. Matching funds and in-kind contributions are not required but are encouraged.


Grants are only available for:

  • Municipalities
  • Counties
  • Solid waste authorities
  • Pueblos, tribes, and nations
  • Land grant communities
  • Cooperative associations (as defined in the Recycling and Illegal Dumping Act)

Ineligible entities are encouraged to partner with eligible entities.

Grant Period

Projects are funded on a fiscal year cycle, July 1 to June 30. Funded projects must be completed within the fiscal year.

To Apply

Applications for FY22 are due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Application forms are located here.

For FY21 Grantees

Quarterly reports and reimbursement requests for Q2 (Oct-Dec) are due no later than Jan 14, 2021. Please use FY21 RAID Grant Forms .

For More Information

Contact: Genevieve Morgan

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Solid Waste Facility Grant Fund

Solid Waste Facility Grants are issued for projects that will result in environmentally sound methods for solid waste facility management and significant improvement of protection of the environment and public health.  Funds are available to municipalities, counties, cooperative associations, and solid waste authorities. Joint applications will be allowed when two or more eligible municipalities and/or counties have a joint powers agreement, have established a solid waste authority, or if the entities are located within reasonable proximity of each other and propose to address a common solid waste problem.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). A grant award should not exceed $35,000 unless exceptional need is demonstrated and the applicant clearly shows how funding of a project will be protective of public health and the environment. There are many solid waste facilities that need funding assistance, and as many qualified applicants as possible should receive funding. No single applicant will receive the bulk of the available grant budget.

Awards are considered for the priorities listed in the application instructions. Examples include:

  • Installation of additional up or down-gradient groundwater monitoring wells at landfills
  • Collection Center/ Transfer Station improvements (ramps, fencing, signage, worker sheds, safety railing, concrete pads or pavement for bins, etc.)
  • Weather stations that include a weather data logger
  • Site surveys
  • Purchase of equipment: roll-offs, methane monitors
  • Preparation of final closure documentation and engineering certifications by an engineer
  • Installation of stall fencing and other litter control mechanisms to prevent litter from leaving sites
  • Purchase of wood chips, mixed stone and gravel, compost or other material to complete test strips to determine best method and rate of application to protect intermediate and final cover at landfills/or installation of riprap materials to prevent wind and water erosion
  • Preparation of design plans or specification for reuse of old landfills for recreation (nature trails, picnic areas or other light recreational purposes.
  • Other solid waste items as specified

The highest priority is funding projects with the greatest need and limited ability to fund the proposed activity by other sources. Well prepared and complete applications that include creative, cost-effective solutions with at least 50% match funding will result in higher scores.

To Apply

Applications for Fiscal Year 2022 will be available here beginning Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Applications will be due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14.

For More Information

Contact: Genevieve Morgan

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