Planning & Development Services

The Illegal Dumping Partnership (IDP) is a multi-agency task force founded to help combat illegal dumping throughout Bernalillo County.

Our Mission: To minimize illegal dumping by: tracking pollution & benchmarking progress, engaging and educating the community, changing behaviors, and utilizing resources.

Our Vision: A clean, safe healthy environment and prosperous community free of liter, polluting debris, and harmful materials.

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Educational Activities

The Illegal Dumping Partnership is focused on the educational outreach to our community in an effort to bring awareness of the negative consequences of illegal dumping that occurs throughout the Bernalillo County Region. The IDP adapted the Dona Ana County's Cleanup With Carlos literature for the Bernalillo County region for distribution to our community centers and local events as a part of our efforts. Albuquerque Public Schools facilitated the adaptation of the books for the region as well as the printing of these materials. All IDP member governments including the City of Albuquerque, and Bernalillo County will be distributing these booklets as part of a comprehensive outreach to all residents including students.

You can view, download and print the materials below. To get copies of the books, email Bernalillo County Solid Waste Education Program Coordinator Michelle Luna at 

What is illegal dumping? Illegal dumping is abandoned material that is placed, deposited, dumped or accumulated in any public or private open space or street, public right of way or easement, gutter or sidewalk.

The Illegal Dumping Program

In an effort to combat and reduce illegal dumping, the Illegal Dumping Partnership joined forces to launch a progressive program that tests various prevention, enforcement and clean up strategies.

The partners of the Illegal Dumping Partnership clean  up more than 1,250 tons of junk and rubbish from public spaces on an annual basis. Materials typically include construction and demolition waste, abandoned automobiles, auto parts and scrap tires, appliances, furniture, yard waste and household trash.

Sites used for illegal dumping may vary but may include abandoned industrial, residential or commercial buildings, vacant lots on public or private property and infrequently used alleys or roadways. Because of their accessibility and poor lighting, areas along rural roads and railways are particularly vulnerable. If not addressed, illegal dumps often attract more waste, potentially including hazardous wastes such as asbestos, household chemicals and paints, automotive fluid and commercial or industrial wastes.


Health & Environmental Risks

  • Direct contact exposure to sharp objects, medical wastes, toxic substances, and fire (especially a risk for children playing in the areas)
  • Habitat/breeding ground for potential disease causing vectors
  • Indirect exposure to toxic chemicals/hazardous waste
  • Drinking water quality issues related to non-point pollution (especially areas near private wells)
  • Surface water contamination in arroyos, ditches and the Rio Grande
  • Air pollution from pollutants carried by smoke from open burning (tires)
  • Harmful impact on native wildlife and aquatic habitat


Aesthetic Costs

  • Offensive sights and smells
  • Negative perceptions of community values of residents
  • Negative perceptions of capital investments value by potential new businesses




Zero Tolerance Policy/ Illegal Dumping Conviction

Anyone caught illegally dumping material faces citation and arrest.

Fines range from $100 to $1.000 (BCC SEC. 70-42)


Four Steps to Stop Illegal Dumping

  1. Call the Bernalillo County Planning & Development Services Department, 505-314-0350, City of Albuquerque at 311, or State of New Mexico at 866-428-6535.
  2. Have information available regarding the address where the trash is or dumping is occurring.
  3. Be able to assess what type of trash or substance is on the property.
  4. Be prepared to give your name and phone number in case property cannot be located.


The Process:

  • An Inspector will go out to confirm exact location of the property and assess what is there.
  • The property owner will be notified and held accountable for the clean-up.
  • Property owner will be given a 30-day notice to clean up or a criminal complaint will be filed.


The alternatives to dumping illegally include the following solid waste convenience centers:

  • City of Albuquerque - South Side (Montessa Park), 512 Los Picaros Rd NW, 505-768-5930
  • City of Albuquerque - West Side (Don Reservoir), 117 114th Street SW, 505-768-3920
  • City of Albuquerque - North Side (Eagle Rock), 6301 Eagle Rock Rd NE, 505-768-3925
  • Bernalillo County - East Side (East Mountain Transfer Station), 505-281-9110


Bernalillo County/Waste Management 2021 Recycling Calendar


List of frequently used numbers you may call to help dispose of unwanted items or trash for reportage.

For abandoned cars contact Bernalillo County Zoning at 505-314-0350. In the city, contact City Code Enforcement at 505-924-3850.

Large item pick-up, appliances, furniture, etc., is free to county residents by calling Waste Management at 505-892-1200. City of Albuquerque  residents, call 311 or go to Make your request Monday through Saturday, 24 hours before your regular trash collection day.

To report illegal dumping along irrigation ditches, contact the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy Districts at 505-247-0234.

Household hazardous waste including paint, pesticides, cleaning solvents, batteries, etc. can be dropped off for free at Advanced Chemical Transport, 6133 Edith Blvd., 505-345-1650 or 505-998-4154.

Up to five gallons of used motor oil per day, in any container, can be dropped off at many auto parts stores including AutoZone, located at 2627 Isleta Blvd SW, 505-873-9099. Click here for a full City of Albuquerque listing

For dead animals, call the Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center at 505-314-0821. In the city, call City Animal Welfare at 311.

For yard waste, there's free curbside pick-up twice a year in the City of Albuquerque, once in spring and in fall. Look for dates of collection in your spring and fall billing. For City of Albuquerque Solid Waste customers only. 

Click here to participate or for more information regarding recycling programs or call 1-877-2-RECYCLE. 

For electronic recycling contact Albuquerque Computer & Electronics Recycling Co., 3726 Hawkins St. NE, 505-216-6000 or New Mexico Computer Recycling, 5445 Edith Blvd NE, 505-440-6453

For asbestos you may call the New Mexico Air Quality Bureau at 505-476-4300

Report junk mobile homes to county Planning and Development Services at 505-314-0350

For batteries disposal any Lowe’s Home Improvement Location or Radio Shack, 1625 Rio Bravo Blvd SW, 505-877-0110 (Cordless phone batteries, 12 & 14 volt rechargeable batteries, no car batteries)

For disposal of glass visit one of the following locations:

  • City of Albuquerque Convenience Center - Eagle Rock, 6301 Eagle Rock NE
  • Bernalillo County - East Mountain Transfer Station, 711 Old Hwy 66, 505-281-9110

For disposal of Styrofoam, egg cartons, packing materials, etc. visit or call RASTRA, 4485 Irving Blvd NW, 505-792-5554

For other items to dispose of such as paper products or metals, contact one of the following:

  • Osuna Trading Company, 5926 2nd Street NW, 505-345-2457
  • El Toro Metal, 3000 Isleta Blvd SW, 505-873-1266
  • McKinley Paper (paper and cardboard only), 4600 Williams St SE, 505-873-0440

For tire disposal, check out our Scrap Tire Management Guide 

To recycle an old working fridge or freezer and get $50, contact PNM at 1-877-838-1139 or schedule online




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