Brush And Bulk Item Collection Begins Today

Bulk items. File photo


Los Alamos County’s Brush and Bulk Item Collection begins today.

The following schedule was prepared to reduce the amount of time items sit at the curb. The County asks residents to please be courteous to their neighbors and not set out materials sooner than two days before the first day of their scheduled collection date. Direct questions to the Eco Station at 505.662.8163.


  • Jan. 5 – Jan. 9 – Oct. 8 – Barranca Mesa, Ponderosa Estates, Loma Linda and Hawks Landing
  • Jan. 12 – Jan. 16 – Quemazon, Sandia, Trinity, Orange and Nickel
  • Jan. 19 – Jan. 23 – North Mesa
  • Jan. 26 – Jan. 30 – Walnut, Yucca, Urban and Town Site
  • Feb. 2 – Feb. 6 – Rover and Meadow Lane
  • Feb. 9 – Feb. 13 – La Vista
  • Jan. 16 – Feb. 20 – Pajarito Acres


  • One pickup per household;
  • Set items close to curb – avoid placing items under power lines;
  • Available to residents with weekly curb side refuse collection;
  • All leaves and pine needles should be placed in paper yard waste bags;
  • Items that will be picked up: brush, Christmas trees, mattresses, and large appliances/large furniture
  • Place trash in your trash roll cart.

Items that WILL NOT be collected: Televisions, glass, construction material, lumber, tires, concrete, railroad ties, fencing materials, or paints/chemicals.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Who can participate in the brush and bulk item collection?

A: Los Alamos County residents with curbside refuse collection; this excludes apartment dwellers and businesses.

Q: When should I take my materials to the curb?

A: Materials should be placed at the curb no later than 8:00 am on the first day of the scheduled collection in your area. 

Q: How many times can I place brush and bulk items at the curb?

A: Residents are allowed one pick up per household per quarter; (spring, summer, fall, and winter). Anything placed curbside after the collection occurs will not be collected. Items placed in a manner that causes safety concerns will not be collected.

Q: Where is a safe location to place brush and bulk items?

A: Items should be placed away from trees, power lines, mail boxes, and water/gas meters.

Q: What types of brush and bulk items are acceptable?

A: The following brush and bulk items are acceptable:

  • Mattresses
  • Christmas Trees
  • Appliances (except items that contain glass)
  • Furniture (except items that contain glass)
  • Brush (branches no longer than 8 feet)
  • All leaves, grass trimmings and pine needles MUST be in a paper yard waste bag to enable composting. A 30 gallon paper yard waste bag can be purchased at the Eco Station for $1.

Q: What types of materials are NOT accepted as part of the brush and bulk item collection?

A: The following items are NOT accepted and will NOT be collected. If you need to dispose of these items please bring them to the Eco Station or request a special pick up by calling 505.662.8163. The cost for a special pick up is $ 65 plus tipping fee.

  • Televisions
  • Computer monitors
  • Glass items (shower doors, windows, aquariums etc…)
  • Tree stumps
  • Tires
  • Construction waste or material
  • Dirt or rock
  • Railroad cross ties
  • Lumber
  • Concrete
  • Shingles
  • Liquids (including oil)
  • Batteries

Q: Are my yard trimmings composted?

A: Yes, if you separate yard trimmings from bulk items they will be collected separately and composted. Also, place leaves, pine needles and grass trimmings in a paper yard waste bag to enable composting. A 30 gallon paper yard waste bag can be purchased at the Eco Station for one dollar or you may use the supplier of your choice.

The curbside collection occurs four times a year (spring, summer, fall and winter) in effort to assist residents with the disposal of bulk items and yard waste. For information, call the Eco Station Environmental Services Division at 505.662.8163.

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