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2 More Pounds

Increasing your recycling efforts at home. Recycle 2 More Pounds each week.

About 2 More Pounds

Give Us 2 More Pounds ABQ encourages Albuquerque residents to recycle more and to increase recycling in their homes by 2 pounds each week. By recycling just 2 more pounds per household, you can help the city achieve their goal of 3,200 tons each month.

It will take a team effort to reach this goal. Reaching our goal means preserving natural resources and creating a better tomorrow for Albuquerque residents.

Remember we’re all in this together; so Give Us 2 More Pounds ABQ!

5 Steps to 2 Pounds!

  1. Recycle in every room of the house!
    We’re usually really good about recycling in the kitchen, but remember, recyclables can be found in other rooms of your house too. Making sure recycling bins are strategically located around the house will make it easier for everyone in your family to remember to recycle.
  2. Make the trash bin your LAST option.
    Always consider recycling before you throw something in the trash. Learn the items that can be recycled and stay up to date on newly accepted items at
  3. Make recycling a habit.
    It’ll become routine if you recycle every day and set out your recycling cart every week.
  4. Rethink your purchases.
    Before you buy, consider whether the product or its packaging is recyclable. Avoid products that cannot be recycled in the City’s recycling program.
  5. Get everyone in your house involved.
    Now that you know how to recycle right, spread the word to your friends and family. Teach and encourage them to recycle in every room of the house.

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


  • 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 Bottles/Tubs/Containers
  • Rigid Plastics


  • Aluminum Cans
  • Tin Cans
  • Foil & Pie Pans
  • Small Electronics
  • Pots & Pans
  • Small Appliances