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Residential Curbside Recycling

Information about curbside recycling.

List: Recyclable Materials

Missed Recycling Pick-Ups

If your recyclables are not picked up on your regular collection day, call 311.

Pick-up will be made within 24 hours or the next business day.

Recycling Videos

Learn how to recycle in Albuquerque.

Video: How to Recycle

Video: Recycle Paper

Video: Recycle Metal

Video: Recycle Plastic

Recycling, along with reducing and reusing the trash we produce, is an important component in the effort to preserve our natural resources and reduce environmental pollution.

Each Albuquerque resident throws away 6.5 pounds of trash every day, or over one ton each year! Recycling, along with reducing and reusing the trash we produce, is an important component in the effort to preserve our natural resources and reduce environmental pollution.

The Solid Waste Management Department provides curbside pick-up of recyclables every week through the use of a 96 gallon, blue recycling cart within the City of Albuquerque. We also provide convenient city-wide Recycling Drop-off Sites. With these services, every community member can help preserve the environment for future generations by recycling.

In November 2011, the City of Albuquerque signed a 12 year agreement with Friedman Recycling. The agreement is in step with the Integrated Waste Management Plan. Cart based curbside recycling and a larger variety of acceptable materials are both realities to the new partnership. In May 2013, the Solid Waste Management Department began to distribute more than 140,000 carts to each of their residential customers in the City.

How to Recycle Using Your New Blue Curbside Recycling Cart

The following are tips to help explain this program to you, so that you can use your City-issued 96 Gallon Blue Recycling Cart correctly.

Proper Placement

  • Do Not place plastic bags in your blue cart.
  • All approved items can be placed in the blue cart, including cardboard.
  • Place your cart out at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on your regular pick-up day.
  • Make sure that the front of the cart faces the street.
  • Place your cart 5 feet away from all obstructions, including cars, poles, and additional carts.
  • Please don't load your cart with more than 150 lbs.
  • The lid of your cart must close with ease.
  • If your cart is damaged or broken, missing or stolen, please call 311 for a replacement.
  • Material left outside your cart will not be picked up.
Do Recycle Recicle


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


  • #1 - #7 Plastics Bottle/Tubs
  • Rigid Plastic Toys/Hampers


  • Aluminum Cans
  • Tin Cans
  • Foil & Pie Pans
  • Small Electronics
  • Pots & Pans
  • Small Appliances
  • Periódicos y Revistas
  • Basura del Correo
  • Papel de Oficina
  • Cartón Prensado
  • Cartón del Cereal
  • Cartones de Leche o Jugo
  • Directorios Telefónicos
  • Libros
  • Bolsas de Papel de Color Café
  • Empaques de Carton de Huevos
  • Botellas de Plástico #1-#7
  • Juguetes/Canastas de Plástico Duro
  • Latas de Aluminio
  • Latas de Enlatados
  • Papel de Aluminio/Moldes de Pastel
  • Electrónicos Pequeños
  • Ollas y Sartenes
  • Electrodomesticos Pequeños
    Do Not Place In Cart No Ponga En Su Carreta
    • Glass
    • Garbage
    • Food
    • Light Bulbs
    • Wood
    • Hazardous Waste
    • Sharp Metal
    • Yard Waste
    • Batteries
    • Motor Oil Bottles
    • Medical Waste/Needles
    • Styrofoam
    • TVs
    • Computer Monitors
    • Plastic Grocery Bags
    • Wrapping Paper
    • Ink Cartridges
    • Vidrio
    • Basura
    • Comida
    • Bombillos
    • Madera
    • Desechos Peligrosos
    • Metales Afilados
    • Desechos del Jardín
    • Baterías
    • Aceite de Motor en Botellas
    • Desechos Médicos/Agujas
    • Espuma de Poliestireno
    • Televisores
    • Monitores de Computadoras
    • Bolsas de Plástico del Mercado
    • Papel de envolver

    Please place cart five feet away from trash cart. We will no longer accept recycling in clear plastic bags.

    Haga el favor de separar la carreta a cinco piés de la carreta de basura. Ya no aceptaremos reciclaje en bolsas de plástico transparente.

    Glass Is Prohibited

    Please do not put glass in your cart.

    At this time, glass is not accepted as part of our "Curbside Recycling Pilot Program." However, glass jars, beer and wine bottles, baby food jars, and salad dressing jars can be taken to one of our numerous recycling drop-off sites. Find the most convenient sites for you!

    New Collection Trucks

    Truck with Wrap

    Our old recycling bag program was a completely manual operation. We had a fleet of yellow trucks designed for manual service. Each of our recycling drivers had to get out of the yellow trucks, manually lift each bag of recycling material and place the bags into the yellow trucks.

    The new recycling cart program is a completely automated operation. Our drivers will now be driving a blue truck that comes equipped with an arm and gripper that will be used to service the blue recycling carts. By going to a fully automated system injuries will be reduced and a safer work environment will be created.

    Truck with Flip Sign

    These trucks will be clearly marked with either a vinyl wrap promoting recycling or a flip sign. On those days that the trucks with flip signs are not needed to help collect recycling material they will be utilized to collect refuse. While collecting recycling material the signs will be open like the one pictured to the right.

    Apartment Recycling

    All apartment complexes with 25 units or more are required to provide on-site recycling for their tenants through the Multi-Family Dwelling (MFD) Recycling Program. Apartments with less than 25 units or those who do not currently receive curbside service are also eligible to participate in the MFD Recycling Program; however, it is strictly voluntary. There are additional fees associated with this service; therefore, the service must be requested by the property owner. Please note that glass is not accepted through the program, but is accepted, along with any of the above recyclables, at any one of our convenient city-wide Recycling Drop-off Sites. For more information on MFD Recycling, please click here.

    What Happens To Recycling Material After It Is Collected?

    • The Solid Waste Management Department services approximately 178,000 residential customers each week.
    • 21 routes and 21 trucks are used to collect recycling material in ABQ each week.
    • 23,052 tons have been collected so far in FY14.
    • On average 2,305 tons are collected each month.
    • All material collected from Solid Waste Management Department customers is delivered to Friedman Recycling located on Edith NE.
    • Through the public/private partnership with Friedman Recycling the Solid Waste Management Department continues to receive funds for the material that has been delivered to them.