Garbage is collected on a weekly basis in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area by the Solid Waste Management Department.
99% of Albuquerque is managed by an automated collection system. Residents are provided with a 95-gallon trash cart which they must roll out to the curb on the designated day. Recycling is handled on the same day, with a blue recycling cart. Paper, metal and plastic may be recycled in these carts; glass must be taken to one of fourteen drop-off sites.