New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Hazardous Waste Bureau

Welcome to the Hazardous Waste Bureau

Our Mission

The Hazardous Waste Bureau’s (HWB’s) mission is to provide regulatory oversight and technical guidance to New Mexico hazardous waste generators and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities as required by the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act [HWA; Chapter 74, Article 4 NMSA 1978] and regulations promulgated under the Act. New Mexicans will then be assured that hazardous waste is managed, and contaminated sites are cleaned up, in a manner that is safe and protective of human health and the environment.  HWB also ensures abandoned hazardous substances are handled on an emergency basis, and lessens the resulting hazards that may present endangerment to humans.

NEW RULES:  Proposed Hazardous Waste Regulations


The Annual Hazardous Waste Fee Report is now available for download. Please visit the Hazardous Waste Bureau Notifiers Page.

FREE webinars covering newly adopted rules.

Presentation slides on Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Exclusion
Presentation slides on 40 CFR 262 Subpart K – Academic Laboratories Rule
Presentation slides on Generator Improvement Rule
New Generator Improvement Rule Crosswalk

Questions and Answers from Generator Improvement Rule Webinar

Presentation slides for RCRA 101

Presentation slides on E-Cigarette/vape retail stores 

Please check back for future webinars.

Please contact Janine Kraemer or
505-476-4372 for more information on webinars.



Emergency Permit
Under RCRA, the State can issue an emergency permit when imminent and substantial endangerment to human health and the environment exists.  The link above provides the form for requesting an emergency permit. 


Clandestine Drug Laboratories
Contamination from the operation of clandestine drug laboratories (the majority of which are methamphetamine, or meth, labs) is a serious health and environmental threat. Remediation of the residually contaminated portions of clandestine drug laboratory properties is essential to assure the health, safety and welfare of people and the environment. The Hazardous Waste Bureau’s Clandestine Drug Lab Cleanup Program provides regulations and guidance for the assessment and remediation of such properties, including a list of properties in New Mexico where drug labs were seized, and a link to the national DEA registry.
Safety Alert: Propane Cylinders


Request for Proposal – Technical Support Services