As an outpost town, Taos cherishes its protected beauty and natural resources. We’re particularly sensitive about keeping it clean here and being good stewards of the future. We ask visitors and residents alike to be aware of ways in which we can have lower impacts on our environment and reduce landfill dependence. Recycle, reuse and regenerate, please, while you are here.
If your visit falls in the Fall, be sure to inquire about The Annual Taos Glam-Trash Fashion Show, featuring fashions made from discarded materials. (Usually happens in September.) There is also a highly-anticipated art show by local artists featuring works made from recycled materials, Arte de Descartes, sponsored by Wholly Rags.
Directory of services and providers
Habitat ReStore (Habitat for Humanity of Taos, Inc)
Accepts for resale almost any items from residences. Accept doors, windows, cabinets (kitchen or other) and working appliances (10 years or newer) and any building, remodeling material or furniture, bikes. ReStore resells items for 50% to 70% off retail prices. All operating profits from ReStore sales go into Habitat's building program.
Recycle Taos Collection
A local service based recycling company. They provide customized recycling solutions for both private and commercial clients and specialize in glass, paper, tin, aluminum and cardboard recycling.
Taos Recycling Committee
Currently pushing Town of Taos resolution that resolves to change waste handling practices in Taos to include more recycling, including that of Styrofoam and plastic.
Town of Taos Recycling Department
Accepts CFLs, electronics, computers, monitors, fabric, glass, metals, aluminum, steel cans, paper, cardboard, phone books. Also operates the Taos Free Box for clothing and toy donation.
Long-time advocate of recycling, maintains Community Free Box. Collects old and used clothes and turns them into beautiful quilts and textile art. Provides clothing for needy and disaster relief. Researches new ways to reuse textile waste.
Information from "Environmental Organizations & Initiatives Directory for Taos County," 2010, compiled by Blackstone Ranch Institute. Subject to change.
Above: Entries in recent Arte De Descartes exhibitions courtesy of Wholly Rags.