New recycling facility opens in Albuquerque

Posted at: 06/27/2013 7:42 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A brand new state of the art recycling center in Albuquerque finally opens its doors Thursday.

The facility will be a mean, green, 90,000-square-foot recycling machine able to handle 120,000 tons of material a year--a far cry from the city's dismal history of recycling of approximately five percent of its yearly waste.

The new center could bring that figure up to 25 or 30 percent.

The city worked with Friedman Recycling to bring it to life, but even more importantly, to bring 75 new jobs with it.

While the center cost about $20 million to build, Friedman Recycling is footing the bill and will run the facility. They’ll also share profit from the sale of newly recycled materials with the city.

For those waiting on blue bins for recycling, the city says they’ll still be delivered from now until October.