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RIo Rancho has them why dosen't Albuqerque? Im tired of using garbage bags Why don't we have recycling bins ???
I appreciate and share your concerns about recycling! To date, we have given 115 presentations to the public about recycling and the direction we are headed. We have been working with a consultant to develop an Integrated Waste Management Plan and specifically look at how we can improve recycling. First, we need a new recycling processing facility, as our current facility is very small, with outdated equipment. We cannot increase the inflow of recycling until we have additional capacity with which to process it! We are looking at the cost of a new facility, as well as whether it should be operated by the City or a private company. We need the new facility to be up and running before we can roll out any new city wide recycling programs (including cart recycling).
The City has looked to successful recycling programs in other cities and found single stream cart recycling to be shared by the leading recycling cities of San Francisco; Seattle; Austin; San Jose; Toronto, Canada; Tucson; and Denver. Chicago has also recently announced a move to single stream cart recycling. Throwing all recyclables together (with the exception of glass in Albuquerque) in a recycling cart and wheeling it to the curb has been shown to be one of the most convenient programs for residents, resulting in communities diverting 50%, 60%, even 70% of their waste from the landfill. This will be the focus of the City’s recycling efforts as we move forward.
The City has initiated a 10,000 household residential cart pilot program to see if this holds true for Albuquerque, as well. So far, our 64-gallon recycling carts have shown to be much more convenient for residents and much more visible for our drivers, resulting in increased participation and improved service.
I hope you will join me in my excitement about the future for recycling in Albuquerque and support our efforts in this new direction.
Jill Holbert, Deputy Director
Solid Waste Management Dept.
City of Albuquerque
I'll share your excitement when I see some action. When I moved here five years ago, I was surprised to learn Albuquerque was so far behind in its recyclying efforts. Nothing has been done to improve recycling efforts since then. I've instituted some recyclying at our business, but the city won't help with any of it. Finding places to recycle glass is difficult because the recycling containers are shoved in the back side of store's loading dock area and out of sight. There is not any recycling station that I could see at any of the waste convenience centers. I just don't think the city is too concerned about it.
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