Where your recycling could end up

Posted at: 05/13/2013 10:40 PM
Updated at: 05/13/2013 11:15 PM
By: Gadi Schwartz, KOB Eyewitness News 4f


Building sized piles of bundled plastic, paper and cardboard sitting on a massive lot in the South Valley has a KOB viewer asking a good question.

Are the stacks that are several stories high full of recycled material from Albuquerque’s recycling program and if so why have they been sitting in the sun and the wind for months?  

After looking into the question, 4 On Your Side learned the lot is owned by Friedman Recycling.

The company is contracting with the city to process all of Albuquerque's recyclable waste. Friedman Recycling is just about finished building their new plant, which is set to start processing next week. The piles of trash include six months’ worth and about 8000 tons of recycling material collected by the city.

“Because of the high capacity of this facility we need to stock pile materials so we can keep the shifts running full speed to keep the equipment going and keep the people employed full time.” said the company’s COO Morris Friedman.

The processing and sorting machines at the new plant are built to sort and bundle massive quantities of paper, plastic and cardboard. The company expects to process the current stockpile within the first few months of operation. The city is still rolling out the recycling program in stages.

Officials hope to have 200,000 customers equipped with blue recycling bins by October.

The blue bins allow paper, plastic and cardboard to be mixed together alleviating the need to sort recyclables before putting them out to the curb.

However material made of rubber, Styrofoam or anything made out of glass will not be processed and has to be either thrown away or dropped off at special sites set up around Albuquerque.

The city has set up a website to what will be accepted for recycling.

For additional information, please visit http://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/recycling. To find out when you can expect your blue bin contact 311.