Special Collection
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Brush/Bulk Collection

Bulk Item Collection Program: 

Paid bulk item collection program is available to all Los Alamos County residents for the purpose of collecting and properly disposing large, bulky items not normally collected in your trash roll cart.

Collection Frequency:

Bulky items are collected approximately every other week on Wednesday’s, alternating between Los Alamos and White Rock.

Acceptable Items:

Washers, dryers, ranges, dishwashers, microwave ovens, water heaters, bathtubs, toilets, mattresses, furniture, bicycles, carpet, doors, swing sets, lawn mowers (fluids must be drained), lawn furniture, bed frames, cabinets, bicycles, and tree limbs and stumps no larger than 8 inches in diameter. 


Register by calling the Eco Station at 662-8163 or email: solidwaste@lacnm.us

All fees will be charged to your monthly utility bill. Non-existing account holders are required to prepay.

Program Requirements/Guidelines:

  • Registration is required. Collections will not be made without an appointment to set up a scheduled day for collection. 
  • Fee: $25 per household (non-refundable).
  • Bulky item piles are limited to eight (8) cubic yards or an eight (8) cubic pile. Items must meet guidelines for large item collection. Debris amounts in excess of standardized size will not be removed.
  • Normal household trash will not be removed.
  • Set out bulky items no later than 8:00 a.m. on your scheduled day.
  • Place bulky item piles within four (4) feet of the curb. Do not block side walk.
  • Do not place bulky item piles in front of parked cars, near fences, trees, mailboxes, beneath overhead wires, low-hanging tree limbs, or on top of water meters.
  • Secure or remove doors on any items that may pose a safety hazard to small children.
  • Do not place items curbside prior to 48 hours before the scheduled day. 
  • The cleanup contractor uses two-person crews to load the trucks, so any one item should not weigh more than two people can lift. 
  • Oversize items must be disassembled to six (6) feet or less.

Unacceptable Items:

Household waste which would be picked up with normal weekly trash service, appliances containing Freon such as refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, pesticides, paint, commercial waste, car bodies, televisions, computer monitors, tires, concrete, soil or sod, tree stumps larger than 8 inches in diameter, shrubs, grass clippings, sealed containers or drums, bricks, batteries, corrosives, flammable or combustible liquids, or any items listed as a hazardous material, asbestos containing materials, biohazardous materials.

Alternative Disposal Options:

  • Bring your materials to the Eco Station – each resident with trash service has 12 free loads annually.
  • Rent a roll-off container for construction and demolition projects, call the Eco Station 662-8163.
  • Call local charitable organizations or thrift shops and ask if they have a need for the item in concern.

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 set out after designated pickup date


All leaves and pine needles should be placed in paper yard waste bags

If you have any questions, please call 662-8163 or email: solidwaste@lacnm.us

Tree Cycle

Tree Cycle

The tree cycle will be January 4-8 & 18-22 and will be collected on your regular trash collection day. Please maintain 4 feet distance between the roll-cart and the tree. Remove all lights and ornaments prior to collection. Once collected, trees will be recycled in mulch. The tree cycle is for non-artificial trees only.

If you miss these dates, bring your non-artificial tree to the Eco Station or Overlook Collection Center for free or call 505-662-8163 to schedule a special brush collection for $25.