Brush Collection Program
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Brush Collection

The curbside collection occurs four times a year (spring, summer, fall and winter) in effort to assist residents with the disposal of yard waste. The following schedule was prepared to reduce the amount of time your items sit at the curb. If you have further questions contact the Eco Station at 662-8163.

Per Code Enforcement:

Residents will be in violation of Los Alamos County Code Chapter 18 if any of the conditions below are demonstrated:

  • Pile is set out when your area is not scheduled to receive collection.
  • Pile contains non-accepted material.
  • Pile is obstructed by obstacles.
  • Pile is larger than standardized size.
  • Pile is set out after designated pickup date.

Residents may receive a citation into Municipal Court where they can face fines and charges up to $ 500.00 or 90 days in Jail. For each day there is a violation a new citation may be issued.

For more information on Los Alamos County Code Enforcement Click Here

To report a violation please contact Los Alamos County Code Enforcement at 505-662-8120 or


Area Set out no sooner than Collection starts
Barranca Mesa, Ponderosa Estates, Loma Linda & Hawks Landing March 24 April 3
Quemazon, Sandia, Trinity, Orange & Nickel March 31 April 10
North Mesa April 7 April 17
Walnut, Yucca, Urban, Arizona & Town Site April 14 April 24
Rover, Old Town, Meadow Lane, Aragon & Bryce Avenue April 21 May 1
La Vista, Canada Way, Canada Circle, Barcelona, Canyon Vista, Sierra Vista, Monte Vista & La Paloma April 28 May 8
La Senda & Piedra Loop May 5 May 15
Pajarito Acres, Monte Rey, Rio Bravo, Potrillo, Estante Way May 12 May 22

Visual map of pickup areas and schedule


  • One pickup per household
  • Debris piles can be no larger than 8 cubic yards. Debris amounts in excess of standardized size will not be removed. For a visual representation please click on the links below:

Visual Representation of 8 cubic yards Visual Representation of 8 cubic yards 2

  • Do NOT set out materials sooner than ten days before the first day of your scheduled collection date.
  • Do NOT set out materials that are not accepted.
  • Items must be placed out no later than 8 a.m. on your designated pick-up day and set 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, leaves and yard clippings
  • Place trash in your trash roll cart - normal household trash will not be removed.
  • Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.

Items that WILL NOT be collected: Refrigerators, televisions, glass, construction material, lumber, tires, concrete, railroad ties, fencing materials, or paints/chemicals, mattresses, appliances, and furniture.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Who can participate in the brush 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 ten 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 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. Any debris piles larger than 4 feet wide, by 8 feet long, by 4 feet tall will not be collected.

Q: Where is a safe location to place brush.

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

Q: What types of items are acceptable?

A: The following brush and bulk items are acceptable:

  • Christmas Trees   
  • 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 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 $ 69.00 plus tipping fee.

  • Televisions
  • Refrigerators
  • 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
  • Cardboard

If you have an item that is not on either list and you have questions about what will be picked up please call 662-8163

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.