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35.1 Annual residential waste disposed per account

This indicator measures how many tons of solid waste are generated per residential account per year.

This indicator is part of Integrated waste management.

Indicator description:

This indicator, representing the waste stream produced by residents, measures how many tons of solid waste are generated per household per year, based on data collected by the City of Albuquerque. The City defines the waste stream produced by residents as the total tons of residential curbside refuse collected plus the total tons collected at the three city convenience centers. The result is then divided by the number of household accounts served. Peer communities to compare to Albuquerque are difficult to obtain due to the many different providers of waste management in most communities.

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Why is this indicator relevant?

When communities reuse and recycle, the construction and utilization of new landfills is avoided. Landfills are difficult to site, costly, and can be hazardous to our health and the environment. Residential waste represents approximately 40% of the waste that is annually disposed in the City's Cerro Colorado landfill.

Data Sources:
City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Management Department; International City County Management Association (ICMA), Comparative Performance Measurement Report.

What can we tell from the data?

  • Albuquerque’s residential waste tons collected per account is 95% higher than Austin—the lowest peer community.
  • The overall trend in waste generated per household is a decrease since 2007. However, most communities have seen a decrease in waste disposal due to an overall decrease in consumer spending.


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