Brush & Bulk Item Collection Begins April 6

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Ready for some Spring cleaning? Working to clear out brush and vegetation in your yard or garden this weekend?

The Eco-Station has published its schedule for the next free quarterly curbside pick-ups. If you live in Barranca Mesa, Ponderosa Estates, Loma Linda or Hawks Landing, pick up will begin for your neighborhoods Monday, April 6.

Schedule for the rest of Los Alamos and White Rock happening later in April and May:

  • April 6 – April 10 –  Barranca Mesa, Ponderosa Estates, Loma Linda & Hawks Landing
  • April 13 – April 17 – Quemazon, Sandia, Trinity, Orange & Nickel
  • April 20 – April 24 – North Mesa
  • April 27 – May 1 – Walnut, Yucca, Urban, Arizona & Town Site
  • May 4 – May 12 – Rover, Old Town & Meadow Lanes
  • May 13 – May 15 – La Vista
  • May 18 – May 29 – Pajarito Acres & La Senda


  • 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 set out no earlier than two days prior to the first day of your area’s scheduled collection and 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 thirty gallon paper yard waste bag can be purchased at the Eco Station or 311 Customer Care Center for $1, or you may use the supplier of your choice.

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 the 662-8163. The cost for a special pick up is $ 65.00 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 thirty gallon paper yard waste bag can be purchased at the Eco Station and 311 Customer Care Center for one dollar, or you may use the supplier of your choice. 

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