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FAQs for Cart Program

Materials

What items does Albuquerque accept for recycling in the blue cart?

Can I recycle pizza boxes?

Can I recycle glass at the curb?

Do I need to separate or sort the recyclables?

Why can't we recycle plastic bags?

What items cannot be recycled in the blue cart?

Recycling Carts

What is a recycling cart?

What is the size of the recycle cart?

Can I use my own recycle cart?

What do I do with extra materials that won't fit in my cart?

What happens if I put trash in my recycle cart?

What if my cart is lost, stolen or broken?

I am moving. Can I take my cart with me?

What time does my cart need to be put out?

What if I do not want a cart?

Can I request a different size recycling cart?

General Service Questions

What if I don't want a cart, will you still pick up bags of recyclables?

Do I have to pay any additional fees for recycling service?

Do I have to participate?

Where does the recycling material go after it has been collected from the curb?

What happens if recycling material is blown throughout the neighborhood?

Why do I have to keep my recycling cart five feet apart from other carts and or other objects?

Why are homes across the street from my neighborhood receive recycling carts but my neighborhood is not?

Will the yellow trucks continue to collect recycling materials from the curb?

Materials

What items does Albuquerque accept for recycling in the blue cart?

Newspaper, Magazines, Miscellaneous Paper Products

  • All white and colored writing paper, computer paper, magazines, and newspapers including inserts
  • Junk mail
  • Corrugated cardboard (the double-walled cardboard with the wiggly center)
  • Cereal / Cracker Boxes
  • Phone Books
  • Books (Hard or Soft Covers)
  • Paper Egg Cartons
  • Soda Boxes
  • Milk Cartons / Juice Boxes

Tin or Aluminum Cans

  • Food and pet food cans
  • Soda and beer cans
  • Pots and Pans
  • Small Metal Appliances

Plastic

  • All plastic bottles and jugs with a screw top lid or that have a neck smaller than the base
  • Two liter bottles
  • Plastic milk jugs
  • Bleach bottles
  • Plastics  #1 - #7
  • Rigid Plastics (crates, hampers, toys)

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

  • Cell Phones
  • Cameras
  • Peripherals
  • Rechargeable batteries

Can I recycle pizza boxes?

No. Although pizza boxes are cardboard, they have food waste and grease left on them which prevents them from being recycled.

Can I recycle glass at the curb?

No. Glass can break and contaminate the rest of the recyclables in your cart. The City of Albuquerque has recycle drop-off sites conveniently located where customers may take glass for recycling.

Do I need to separate or sort the recyclables?

No. All of the acceptable household recyclables can be placed all together in the blue recycle cart.

Why can't we recycle plastic bags?

Plastic bags can get tangled around our equipment and cause damage. Please do not put plastic bags in your recycle container.

What items cannot be recycled in the blue cart?

Please do not put these items in your blue cart:

  • Hazardous waste
  • Scrap metal such as metal pipe, hangers, wires, or automotive parts
  • Hot ashes
  • Concrete, rocks, gravel, or wood
  • Pizza boxes
  • Snack food bags (like chips or popcorn bags)
  • Fast food containers, cups, or wrappers
  • Styrofoam or styrofoam peanuts
  • Plastic furniture
  • Plastic film
  • Plastic wrap or dry cleaning bags
  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Plant trimmings
  • Tree branches and prunings
  • Computer Monitors
  • T.V.'s
  • Wrapping Paper

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.

Recycling Carts

What is a recycling cart?

A recycling cart is defined as a container that is used to set out recyclable materials for the purpose of having recovered materials collected and recycled by the city.

What is the size of the recycle cart?

The blue cart is 96 gallons.

Can I use my own recycle cart?

No. Only City-issued blue carts will be serviced for recycling.

What do I do with extra materials that won't fit in my cart?

You must save the material for your next collection day or take them to one of our drop-off sites.

What happens if I put trash in my recycle cart?

You will receive a notice of what you can put in the cart to become compliant with the program.

What if my cart is lost, stolen or broken?

For replacement of damaged, lost, or stolen recycling carts, call 311. Replacement will be made free of charge for the first occurrence unless a cart is lost or damaged through customer negligence. Each Additional replacement will cost $54.18. Roll-out carts have a specific number that is assigned to each address. Your cart will be delivered or repaired within 5 working days of your request.

I am moving, can I take my cart with me?

No. The Curbside Recycling Cart Pilot Program is only available in this specific area.

What time does my cart need to be put out?

Place both your recycling and refuse carts out promptly at 7am on your regularly scheduled trash collection day. Please remember to keep carts a minium of five (5) feet from one another and other obsticles.

What if I do not want a cart?

Please call 311 to request that your cart be picked up.

Can I request a different size recycling cart?

Yes, call 311 to request a different size recycling cart. There are two sizes available, a 96 gallon and 64 gallon. All requests are based upon availability of either size.

General Service Questions

What if I don't want a cart, will you still pick up bags of recyclables?

No. In order to get your recyclables picked up, you must have a City-issued blue recycle cart.

Do I have to pay any additional fees for recycling service?

There are no additional fees for the recycling program.

Do I have to participate?

You are not required to participate; however, we will not collect bagged recyclables set out at the curb. You must use a City-issued blue recycle cart for household recycling.

Where does the recycling material go after it has been collected from the curb?

After we collect material from your curb we send it to Friedman Recycling for processing.

What happens if recycling material is blown throughout the neighborhood?

Please call 311 to report any spillage that may occur. We will schedule someone to come out and clean the spilled material.

Why do I have to keep my recycling cart five feet apart from other carts and or other objects?

We ask that all carts, recycling and trash, be kept five feet apart from one another and other objects like cars, bushes or mailboxes so that they may be serviced safely. Our trucks use a arm with a gripper on its end to service carts. If there is not enough room around the carts the gripper on the arm may not open and close properly.

Why are homes across the street from my neighborhood receive recycling carts but my neighborhood is not?

Rather than rolling out carts from the East side of town to the West side of town the department decided to distribute carts based on collection routes. By distributing carts based on routes the department can operate in a more efficient manner.

Will the yellow trucks continue to collect recycling materials from the curb?

No, blue trucks clearly marked with recycling signs will collect recycling materials.

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