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Solid Waste

The Socorro County Solid Waste department is headed by Director Michael Jojola, who has served the county for 30 years. The Department maintains collection centers throughout the County. Each collection center accepts household waste, which is transferred to the City of Socorro Landfill.

Collection centers only receive household trash. Construction waste and yard cuttings must be taken to the nearest landfill.


Punch Card System 

A punch card will contain "punches" worth $2.25 ($2.14 cost of disposal plus 5% governmental GRT). Each "punch" will allow the cardholder to dispose of solid waste per the following Solid Waste Disposal Fee schedule for residential waste:

Number of Punches

Cubic Yards

Cubic Yard Equivalent

1

Up to ½

Up to 2 trash bags (50 gallons each)

2

Up to 1

Up to 4 trash bags (50 gallons each)

4

Up to 3.5

Up to 1 pick-up truck with up to an 8 foot bed filled to the top of its bed (8’x5’x2’). OR 1 one-axle trailer, filled no higher than 2.5 feet from the trailer floor (8’x5’x2’).

6

Up to 8

Up to 1 pick-up truck with up to an 8 foot bed filled to the top of its cab (8’x5’x4’). OR

Up to 1 8-foot trailer, filled no higher than 4 feet from the trailer floor (8’x5’x4’).

8

Up to 12

Up to 1 12-foot trailer, filled no higher than 4 feet from the trailer floor (12’x5’x4’).


- An original Punch Card (no photocopies or facsimiles will be accepted) must be presented and punched at the Collection Center prior to disposal of any solid waste at that Transfer Station during posted business hours.

- Each time a Person goes to a Collection to dispose of solid waste, an attendant will punch the Punch Card immediately prior to disposal of the solid waste in accordance with the Fee Schedule.

- When a Punch Card has been completely punched, the Person will then be required to purchase another Punch Card prior to disposal of any further solid waste at a Collection.

- The County is not responsible for and will not replace lost or destroyed punch cards.


For any questions, please contact the County manager’s office at 575.835.0589. For a copy of the complete ordinance, please visit our Ordinance Page.

Punch cards of multiple values can be purchased at the County Manager’s Office at 210 Park Street in Socorro. 20-punch Cards ($45 actual cost), can be purchased at the County Treasurer’s Office, Northern Socorro County Senior Center, and Magdalena Senior Center. 20-punch convenience cards ($45 actual cost + $5.00 vendor convenience fee) can be purchased at San Antonio General Store, Roadrunner Travel Center & Veguita Trading Post for $50.00.

Collection Center Hours of Operation
In order to ensure environmental compliance and area cleanliness, collection centers may be closed during periods of high-winds. Please call to verify if a station has been closed.

Polvadera Collection Center: Wednesday - Sunday, 9 AM - 5 PM (open through the noon hour)

La Joya Collection Center: Wednesday - Sunday, 9 AM - 3 PM (open during the noon hour)

Veguita Collection Center: Wednesday - Sunday, 9 AM - 5 PM (open during the noon hour)
88 Carlos Martinez Rd, Veguita NM 

San Antonio Collection Center: Wednesday - Sunday, 9 AM - 5 PM (open during the noon hour)
83 El Alto Rd., San Antonio, NM 87832

Village of Magdalena Collection Center: Friday & Saturday

Illegal Dumping

Socorro County prosecutes illegal dumpers. For information on who to contact and help us stop illegal dumping, please review our brochure below.

Commercial Hauling Services

· 40-yard containers: $496.00 per haul + $1.27 per- loaded–mile charge* + GRT** 
· 30-yard containers: $372.00 per haul + $1.27 per- loaded–mile charge* + GRT**

* Per-mile charge will be calculated as the one-way distance between the pickup site and City of Socorro landfill.
** Current governmental GRT is 5%

Additionally, all commercial customers:
  • Must have an established and valid account at the City of Socorro Landfill; commercials customers are responsible for all tipping fees at the City of Socorro Landfill.
  • Will be charged for major damages caused at your site to County-owned containers (i.e. fire, crushed, etc.)
  • Are responsible for contacting Socorro County for pickup of containers outside of a regular rotation (i.e. during peak usage periods) BEFORE containers are 80% full.

 Key Contacts

Michael Jojola
575.835.0589

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