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City Now Offers Commercial Recycling

City Now Offers Commercial Recycling

The recycling program, set up by the city’s Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) and Mayor Richard Berry’s office, has collected 6.5 million pounds compared to the 5 million from last year.

BY RENE THOMPSON

The City of Albuquerque recycling project has a 30 percent gain so far over last year.

The recycling program, set up by the city’s Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) and Mayor Richard Berry’s office, has collected 6.5 million pounds compared to the 5 million from last year.  

Not only have 279 six-yard teal recycling bins been put in place throughout the city for businesses to utilize, but there are now 18 major recycling drop-off sites. By converting to these larger teal bins, the city was able to increase collection efficiency and decrease the number of drivers picking up recycling, according to a statement from the SWMD.

The city is also offering the larger bins at apartment complexes at no extra charge, as many were still using the smaller bins for individual residences, which are also more cost-efficient as well.

SWMD said glass is still collected separately in yellow bins at the 18 recycling locations, but that the larger teal bins can accommodate shipping boxes and larger volumes of salvage.

If you have a business and would like to find out more about the commercial recycling program, go to cabq.gov or call 311.

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Rene Thompson is a staff reporter at ABQ Free Press. Email her at rene@freeabq.com.

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  • evolvingsoul
    May 14, 2016, 11:07 am

    It is great to city the city taking steps to decrease waste in Albuquerque. What happens to the glass recycling in the city? How is it recycled? Where does it go? Always wondered about this and haven’t found a good source of information. Thanks!

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  • News – Rene Thompson
    May 29, 2016, 2:13 pm

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