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The Grappler is a monthly residential service provided by Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) to pick up large, bulky trash items that are too big to fit into your brown City trash container. On the same day, the Green Grappler picks up yard waste (green waste) to be recycled into composted mulch. Both grapplers come to your house once-a-month on your normal trash day – there is no additional charge for this service.

• Items MUST be placed at the curb by 6:00 AM
• Do NOT place grappler/green grappler items underneath trees or power lines
• Grappler/green grappler items must be at least five (5) feet away from vehicles, trees, mailboxes, etc. and should be at the edge of the street - not on your property

Not sure about your Grappler/Green Grappler day?
Visit The Grappler Schedule and follow the instructions. Here you will see your Route number and pickup day for grappler/green grappler services. If you don’t have internet access, call Customer Service at (575) 541-2111, for assistance.


The Grappler CAN pick up bulky materials that cannot fit in your regular trash containers. The grappler will pick up an amount equal to two level half ton pick- up truck loads or 4 cubic yards; this is equivalent to four 5’x3’x2’ adjacent piles.
Some items you may put out for Grappler pick-up include extra trash, furniture, mattresses, and appliances. For appliances, please ensure doors are secured or removed and any water or Freon is drained from the appliance.

The Grappler will NOT pick up any type of construction or remodeling material, such as: concrete, flooring, any type of glass or mirrors, roofing, insulation or fiberglass, etc… Additionally, this service CANNOT pick up fluorescent bulbs or fixtures, vehicle parts, cast iron sinks or bathtubs, toilets or appliances with any type of ceramic, paint, chemical, or other such hazardous waste.

If you are unsure of any items, please call Customer Service at (575) 541-2111.
Additionally, scrap metal and household hazardous waste CAN be recycled for free at South Central Solid Waste Authority. Visit their website at for more information.


The Green Grappler picks up yard waste for our RESIDENTIAL homes ONLY. This service is offered once monthly on your normal trash day. Once collected we recycle the yard waste into composted mulch which is given back free to the community for various uses. Composted mulch is very useful for dust and erosion control, provides ground cover to hold in moisture, which in turn helps conserve water and promotes re- vegetation.

The Green Grappler CAN pick up tree branches that are LESS THAN 5 feet in length and 5 inches in diameter; branches must be stacked at the curb. We will also pick up tree stumps and bagged grass clippings and leaves. The bagged items must be in CLEAR PLASTIC CONTRACTOR BAGS, so the driver can see it is yard waste and not trash.

Like our standard Grappler service, we will pick up an amount equal to two level half ton pick- up truck loads or 4 cubic yards; which is equivalent to four 5’x3’x2’ adjacent piles. Keep your Green Grappler items separate from any other trash, furniture, your trash container, or any other obstacles.
Larger loads may be scheduled for pick up for an additional charge. Call Customer Service at (575) 541-2111 to schedule additional pick-ups and obtain current fees.

Additionally, you may take your items to the Solid Waste Clean Landfill (the Old Foothills Landfill) located at 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. This option is FREE for residential customers.

Commercial customers pay the current per ton fee.

Las Cruces Utilities Solid Waste Clean Landfill
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Closed Sunday