Recycling bin distribution complete in Albuquerque

By: Elizabeth Reed,

Photo: Source: City of Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE -- The blue bin roll-out is complete, making curbside recycling a reality throughout the city of Albuquerque.

The Solid Waste Management Department began distributing 96 gallon recycling carts on May 1 and officially delivered its last cart on Oct. 15. A total of 177,644 blue recycling carts have been delivered between this year's roll-out and last year's pilot program.

"Our commitment to increasing Albuquerque's recycling rate is evident in the completion of this roll-out," Mayor Richard Berry said in a statement. "The completion of this roll-out allows us to work towards our next goal, a 25 percent diversion rate."

Friedman Recycling's new Materials Recovery Facility will sort an estimated 120,000 tons of recyclable material each year, helping to reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills.

Solid Waste Management Department Residential Customers may recycle the following in their blue carts each week:

Junk Mail
Office Paper
Corrugated Cardboard
Cereal/Cracker Boxes
Milk and Juice Boxes
Phone Books
Brown Paper Bags
Paper Egg Cartons

#1 - #7 Plastics Bottles/Tubs/Containers
Rigid Plastics

Aluminum Cans
Tin Cans
Foil & Pie Pans
Small Electronics
Pots & Pans
Small Appliances
For information about ABQ Recycles call 311 or visit