Annual Treecycling Kicks Off December 26

Solid Waste Management, Parks and Recreation, and PNM are teaming up to offer residents a chance to recycle their real Christmas trees. Treecycling starts Tuesday, December 26, 2023, through January 8, 2024. You are encouraged to drop off your real Christmas tree at one of the three designated locations in Albuquerque between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday.

  • Eagle Rock Convenience Center at 6301 Eagle Rock NE
  • Ladera Golf Course at 3401 Ladera Dr. NW
  • Montessa Park Convenience Center at 3512 Los Picaros SE

No artificial trees will be accepted, and only 5 real trees will be allowed per resident. Commercial customers may call 505-761-8300 to schedule a separate drop off. Please remove all bags, tree stands, decorations, and lights from trees before dropping them off to be mulched. PNM Vegetation Management crews and Parks and Recreation staff will grind trees into mulch chips, which can provide a better growing environment for plants and residential landscapes. Residents can pick up the mulch chips free of charge while supplies last. Last year, this program kept more than 3,600 trees out of the landfill. To learn more, visit:

Green Waste Collection Continues Through Friday

The City’s Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) will pick up green waste through Friday, December 8. This service is offered to residential customers at no additional charge. Solid Waste customers should have their green waste at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on their regular trash collection day. All green waste must be placed five feet from trash and recycling containers as well as any large item scheduled for pick-up. Solid Waste residential customers must place their green waste such as leaves, grass, and brush in trash bags. Each trash bag should not weigh more than 40 pounds. Customers that have branches must cut them to four-foot lengths and bundle them securely. Green waste should not be placed in your recycle cart. For more information, visit:

Operation “Silent Night” Collecting Gifts for Shelter Pets

Celebrate the season of giving by helping the Animal Welfare Department increase the comfort of homeless animals in City shelters. The wish list for cats and dogs include small cat toys, treats, beds, brushes, wand toys, scratchers, blankets, towels, dog enrichment toys, collars, harnesses, pill pockets, and Kong’s toys. Please help them by fulfilling their wish list as they spend their holidays at Animal Welfare shelters while waiting to find forever homes. Donations will be accepted through December 31. Members of the public can drop off their donations at the Animal Welfare Department shelters and at participating small businesses throughout the city. 

Drop off locations:

  • Clarks Pet Emporium – 4914 Lomas NE, 87112 – 505-268-5977 
  • Clarks Pet Emporium – 11200 Menaul NE 87111 – 505-292-6288
  • Petco – 10700 Lomas NE, 87112 – 505-296-0978
  • Petco – 3601 Old Airport NW, 87114 – 505-898-2450
  • Boofy’s Best for Pets – 8201 Golf Course NW, 87120 – 505-890-0757
  • Boofy’s Best for Pets – 4610 Cutler NE, 87110 – 505-884-3855
  • Route 66 Veterinary – 3601 Central NE, 87108 – 505-266-7866
  • Great Harvest Bread – 11200 Montgomery NE – 505-293-8277
  • Eastside shelter: 8920 Lomas NE
  • Westside shelter: 11800 Sunset Gardens SW
  • Lucky Paws: 6600 Menaul NE

Find and order goodies for the animals through the Amazon Wish List for Albuquerque Shelter Animals at:

It’s the Holiday Season

Hello Albuquerque, 

This is truly the best time of year in Albuquerque. Besides getting to spend time with our loved ones, it’s always so special to see the snow-capped Sandias, luminarias lining the street, and our community coming together to celebrate the triumphs of the last year and the promise of the next one. 

This is also an important time for us to take stock and evaluate how we can better support one another. This could look like supporting local businesses as you shop for holiday gifts, or joining our Civic Engagement team and getting involved in community service opportunities. You could even join one of our many boards and commissions and help make a difference in City policy. 

There are so many ways to get involved in our incredible, unique community and to make a positive impact. We are so fortunate to call Albuquerque our home, and we are ready to take on another year moving our city forward and fulfilling its potential. 

On behalf of the City of Albuquerque, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. 

Mayor Tim Keller


IDO 2023 Annual Update Reminder

IDO Annual Update 2023

Proposed Changes

Planning staff has submitted proposed changes to the City’s zoning code – the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO) – for the 2023 IDO Annual Update to the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) as the first step in the City’s review and decision process.

This year’s update includes Citywide text amendments that are provided in a spreadsheet of all proposed changes, supporting memos by City Council, and exhibits for changes that are longer or that involve multiple sections.

This year’s update includes 3 small area text amendments:

  • Design regulations for development next to the Rail Trail
  • Drive-throughs allowed in Volcano Heights Urban Center
  • Referral to Tribal Nations for development next to the Petroglyph National Monument and the Albuquerque Indian School Area

Learn More

Review and Comment
Deadline for Comments

  • Comments sent by Tuesday, December 5 at 9 am will be appended to the staff report.
  • Comments sent by Tuesday, December 12 at 9 am will be forwarded to the EPC for consideration at the hearing (“the 48-hour rule”).

Written Comments
Email written comments to addressed to EPC Chair Shaffer.

Environmental Planning Commission Review

EPC Study Session
EPC will learn about the proposed amendments at a study session in December.

  • Thursday, December 7
  • 8:45 am via Zoom
  • Meeting materials and Zoom info will be posted here when available.

EPC Hearing
EPC will hear the proposed amendments at a public hearing in December.

  • Thursday, December 14
  • 8:45 am via Zoom
  • Meeting materials and Zoom info will be posted here when available.