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The city of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County jointly operate a recycling center adjacent to the Sandoval County Landfill, at 2700 Iris Road NE.

Use of the facility is free and available for city of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County residents.
Mixed PaperItems accepted include:
  • Cardboard (broken down flattened and free of food)
  • White and mixed paper
  • Plastics #1-7
  • Aluminum
  • Scrap metal
  • Appliances including those with Freon (lines must be intact)
  • Electronics including TVs (limit 4 per day/per vehicle)
  • Tires (limit 4 per day/per vehicle)
  • Clothing & shoes
  • Eye glasses
  • Hearing aids

Hours of Operation are every Saturday (except holidays) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days - Pre-Registration is Required
During the months of February - November, on the first and third Saturday of the month between 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the recycling center will accept household hazardous waste items (see below) at no charge, by appointment only, from city of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County residents only (proof of residency required; e.g., a monthly utility billing statement, driver’s license, etc.).  No commercial waste or quantities will be accepted.

In order to drop-off household hazardous waste materials on the first or third Saturday of the month, a city or county resident must preregister for a drop-off time by calling (505) 891-5015 (Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

Accepted Items
  • Oil based paints/flammable paints
  • Latex paint
  • Aerosols
  • All types of batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Oil, gasoline and antifreeze
  • Pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides
  • Cleaners
  • Solvent
  • Mercury contained articles
Unaccepted Items
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Radioactive waste
  • Propane cylinders / all types of cylinders
  • Commercial Waste
  • Ammunition and firearms
  • Biohazard waste (e.g., needles)
  • Pharmaceuticals

* The recycling center reserves the right to refuse materials and/or redirect citizens to Advanced Chemical Transport’s facility in Albuquerque if the amount of household hazardous waste exceeds the facility’s storage capacity. The facility may be closed due to inclement weather. 

Glass Recycling
Why can't we recycle glass in Rio Rancho? Unfortunately, there are no local markets for glass recycling, thus because glass is so heavy, it is cost prohibitive to ship it elsewhere. Currently the City of Rio Rancho and Waste Management do not accept glass for recycling. To throw glass items in with current recyclables would contaminate single-stream service.

Field TripsRecycling Center Field Trip
Want to take a field trip to the new City of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County Recycling Center?

Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful offers many educational outreach programs. During field trips to the recycling center students learn how the center operates, what happens to the materials that are collected, and how the Sandoval County landfill and composting site operates. Students will also be able to see how recycled art can be utilized, and how to put old materials to new uses. If you have a program or class that is interested in taking a field trip to the City of Rio Rancho & Sandoval County Recycling Center please contact Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful at 896-8729.

Yellow Page and Phone Directory Opt-Out
This is a joint project created by all the yellow page and phone directory providers in the United States. To opt-out of any or all of these directories online please go visit www.yellowpagesoptout.com

For further information regarding recycling programs call (505) 896-8729.