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The Solid Waste Management Department now offers Commercial Recycling

May 11, 2016

Albuquerque - Thanks to Mayor Richard J. Berry businesses are recycling more! Businesses increased the tons they recycled in a new City program by nearly 30 percent in FY16 year-to-date over the previous year: the first year of the program. They recycled more than 6.5M pounds this year versus 5M pounds by this time last year.  This is being accomplished currently with 279 - 6 yard teal bins in place.  In 2015, the department also began offering teal recycling bins to apartment complexes at no additional charge. Prior to this, all participating complexes were serviced using blue 96-gallon carts, the same ones used by residents. The teal bins are larger, hold more, and are better able to accommodate cardboard moving boxes from tenants.

Upon taking office, Mayor Berry directed staff to enter into a public-private partnership for processing and marketing the recyclables collected by the Solid Waste Management Department in its residential curbside program and recycling drop-off locations throughout the City. This resulted in a 12-year agreement with Friedman Recycling in 2011.

“Albuquerque is already a national leader in sustainability efforts,” said Mayor Richard Berry. “While we are on the right track, there is always more that can be done to promote good recycling practices – which is why we are encouraging our local businesses to participate in this commercial recycling program.”

Teal recycling bins have also replaced most of the 30-cubic yard containers at the City’s 18 recycling drop-off sites. Glass is still collected separately in the large yellow containers. By converting to the new bins, the department was able to increase collection efficiencies and decrease the number of drivers needed for this type of service from five to two.

For more information about the new commercial recycling program please visit or call 311, TTY 711.