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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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Paper

Newspapers/Magazines

Junk Mail

Office Paper

Corrugated Cardboard

Cereal/Cracker Boxes

Milk and Juice Boxes

Phone Books

Books

Brown Paper Bags

Paper Egg Cartons

Plastic

#1 - #7 Plastics Bottle/Tubs

Rigid Plastic Toys/Hampers

Metal

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

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    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

    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

    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 Trucks

    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.

    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.

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