Grappler Services

Changes MAY be coming to your Solid Waste Pick Up Day! 

Due to the growth of the city, Las Cruces Utilities has determined it is time to restructure our solid waste routes.

What does this mean to YOU?

It is possible that your current solid waste collection day will change come January 1, 2021.

We will be finalizing our new routes soon. Changes will be sent in a letter to our customers and will be included with your 2021 Grappler Calendar. The letter will specify the address, route number, and your day of pick up. 

Information will be coming soon. Watch for your Grappler Calendar.

Questions? Contact Customer Central at 575-541-2111 or via email:

About the Grappler

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. Refer to the Grappler Calendar to verify your Grappler service day. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Customer Service.

The Grappler will pick up an amount equal to two-level half-ton pickup truck loads or 4 cubic yards which is equivalent to four 5’x3’x2’ adjacent piles. Larger loads can be scheduled for pick up for an additional charge ranging from $108.25 to $434. Call Customer Service at 575-541-2111 to schedule additional pickups.

All Grappler and Green Grappler items should be placed at the curb, should be at least five feet away from all other items and obstacles, such as any other trash, furniture, trash container, cars, trees, and mailboxes.

Residential Grappler

Examples of items the Grappler can pick up include extra trash, furniture, mattresses, and appliances. 

The Grappler cannot pick up any type of construction or remodeling material such as:

  • Type of glass or mirrors
  • Cast iron sinks or bathtubs
  • Concrete
  • Flooring
  • Fluorescent bulbs or fixtures
  • Hazardous waste
  • Insulation or fiberglass
  • Paint
  • Roofing
  • Toilets or any ceramic appliances
  • Vehicle parts

Green Grappler

The Green Grappler picks up yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, weeds, and tree branches. These items are then taken to the Old Foothills Landfill to be recycled into composted mulch, helping divert unnecessary items taking up space in the regional landfill.

Green Grappler Requirements

  • Ensure your tree branches are less than 5 feet in length and 5 inches in diameter
  • Stack your branches neatly at the curb.
  • Bag grass clippings and leaves in clear plastic bags. This is so the driver can see it is yard waste and not trash and will be taken to the appropriate landfill site.

Once collected we recycle the yard waste into composted mulch which is given back free to the community. Residents can pick up mulch at the Foothills Landfill (555 S Sonoma Ranch Blvd.)

Additional Information

If your green waste items do not fit within the guidelines above, please call Solid Waste at 528-3700 and on a case-by-case basis, we will do our best to help you dispose of your material properly.