Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

City of Rio Rancho & Sandoval County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Rio Rancho and Sandoval County residents may dispose of household hazardous waste at the City of Rio Rancho & Sandoval County Household Hazardous Waste facility. See below for operating dates. To reserve your time, contact the City of Rio Rancho at (505) 891-5015.

Location: 2700 Iris Rd. NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Hours of Operation *Please note new operating hours*:
The facility operates February - November, on the first and third Saturday of every month from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m by appointment only.

The facility will be closed during the months of December - January.

All operating days are by appointment only. Proof of residency required. Drop-off times are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Accepted Materials:
Oil based paints/flammable paints
Latex paint
All types of batteries
Light bulbs
Oil, gasoline and antifreeze
Pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides
Mercury contained articles

Unaccepted Materials:
Fire extinguishers
Radioactive waste
Propane cylinders / all types of cylinders
Commercial Waste
Ammunition and firearms
Biohazard waste (e.g., hypodermic needles)

*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.

Services offered at Advanced Chemical Transport for Rio Rancho Residents

City of Albuquerque/City of Rio Rancho Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
City of Rio Rancho residents only may dispose of household hazardous waste at the City of Albuquerque collection center. Materials such as used motor oil, antifreeze, paints, solvents, herbicides and pesticides may be dropped off. Bring proof of Rio Rancho residency such as a picture I.D. NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED.

Location: ACT 6137 Edith Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87107 505-349-5220

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Additional Information Regarding Household Hazardous Wastes

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)

A CFL bulb is a type of light bulb that screws into a standard light socket, such as a lamp or ceiling light fixture and looks somewhat like an ice cream cone. A CFL bulb has a very small amount of mercury contained in it. Mercury is a hazardous waste and broken CFLs should be cleaned carefully - get instructions regarding cleaning broken CFLs. Unbroken CFLs can be taken to Home Depot and Lowes stores for free disposal.

Motor Oil

Poured down drains or dumped on the ground, motor oil will work its way into our aquifer and eventually your water. It can contain lead, benzene, zinc, and magnesium, which are fine to consume if you are a car, but terrible for the living. Like antifreeze, motor oil can go to American Tire & Service or Jiffy Lube. Make sure the oil is not contaminated with any solvents or materials.


Any time you get new tires, ask the business to dispose of your old ones. It’s easy. It only costs a few dollars, and they will be recycled! You can also bring tires (limit 4 per household per day/passenger vehicle tires only/no rims) to the City of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County Recycling Center.


You can let latex paints dry out and toss them in the garbage; it’s plastic and won’t harm you or the landfill. Oil paints, however, will. They give off toxic fumes that you don’t want to breathe. Bring them to our Household Hazardous Waste facilities. If you purchased paint before 1980, chances are its lead-based and hazardous. Also bring these to our Household Hazardous Waste facilities.


If you have glue and it’s a toxic kind of glue, then it’s giving off toxic fumes. Many types of glue are also famous for their flammability. Bring all glues to our Household Hazardous Waste facility.


There are many types of batteries, from the lead-acid batteries we use in our cars to the little button batteries in our watches. There are household batteries like AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt, some rechargeable and some not. The important thing to remember is they all have chemicals inside of them.

Household Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9-Volt)

These standard household batteries have low toxicity so they can be disposed of in your household trash. However older household batteries (older than 1997) contain greater levels of toxins due to the way they were made. These cannot be disposed of in household trash.

Button Batteries

These batteries contain silver, zinc, or other toxins and should be recycled. Try your local Wal-Mart or City of Rio Rancho & Sandoval County Household Hazardous Waste facility.

Rechargeable Batteries (In portable phones, cordless phones, laptops etc...)

These batteries are usually nickel-cadmium (NiCad), lithium ion, or nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH), all metals which can be toxic in the environment, especially Cadmium. Bring these to the City of Rio Rancho & Sandoval County Household Hazardous Waste facility.

Car Batteries

These batteries are made of lead-acid which is very toxic. If you get your car battery replaced at a service center, they will recycle it for you. If you buy a car battery and install it yourself, the store where you buy it should accept your old battery and take care of getting it to a recycling center for you. Car batteries may also be disposed of at the City of Rio Rancho & Sandoval County Household Hazardous Waste facility

For more information contact the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at 891-5015.