ABQ Recycles

ABQ Recycles: Recycling Cart Program

Video: How to Recycle

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 new 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.

Video: Recycle Paper

Video: Recycle Metal

Video: Recycle Plastic

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Junk Mail

Office Paper

Corrugated Cardboard

Cereal/Cracker Boxes

Milk and Juice Boxes

Phone 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


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

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Light Bulbs


Hazardous Waste

Sharp Metal

Yard Waste


Motor Oil Bottles

Medical Waste/Needles



Computer Monitors

Plastic Grocery Bags

Wrapping Paper

Ink Cartridges






Desechos Peligrosos

Metales Afilados

Desechos del Jardín


Aceite de Motor en Botellas

Desechos Médicos/Agujas

Espuma de Poliestireno


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 14 recycling drop-off sites. Find the most convenient sites for you!

New Collection TrucksTruck 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.



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.