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Posted on: August 25, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Need a Little Help with Recycling? Meet the Recycle Coach


By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels 

If it’s hard to remember when to put the blue recycling bin at the curb, go online and sign up for Recycle Coach at the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) website. It’s a free service.

“We’ve been pointing more and more people to this service, and even walking them through it to make sure they know how to use it,” said Miguel Fernandez, SCSWA Recycling administrator. “Recycle Coach can assist so you don’t have to rely on whether your neighbors have their blue bins at the curb to know if it’s your recycling day. Plus, you can print out a handy schedule for the month and put it on the fridge.”

At, the “Recycle Coach” link is immediately visible on the computer screen. Click on the link and scroll down to “My Schedule.” You will see “View Schedule” and “Set Reminders.” For first time use, it will ask for an address and from there, a calendar will pop up to show the two dates during the month when to expect curbside recycling pickup at an address.

Recycle Coach can send a reminder for every recycling pickup in advance times of one hour before, to 12 hours before, or even a week before. Those reminders can come by email, by text message, or by phone call.

“We want our customers to have access to recycling pickup every time, and not wait another two weeks for service,” Fernandez said. “The free Recycle Coach reminders should really help.”

The page also reminds customers of the preferred, high quality recyclable materials - corrugated cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs #1 and #2, copier and printer paper, and clean steel, aluminum and tin cans.

Remember to RECYCLE RIGHT:

  • Please do NOT bag your recyclables.
  • All items should be clean, dry and loose in the blue bin.

Green Connections is submitted by the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) managing solid waste, recyclables, and working to stop illegal dumping for residents and businesses throughout Doña Ana County. Call the SCSWA at 575/528-3800 or visit


Sometimes, it’s not this clear that it’s your recycling day. The free Recycle Coach will alert people in advance by text, email, or a phone call. Just sign up at

Note: This story was published in the Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 25, 2019.

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