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Mayor and Solid Waste Director Celebrate Successful One ABQ Cleanup Month

Extended cleanup event wraps up after cleaning up more than 47 tons of trash.

May 18, 2021

After four consecutive Saturdays focusing on cleaning up each quadrant of the City, the first-ever One ABQ Cleanup Month has wrapped up after an overwhelmingly positive response. Seven-hundred thirty-two total volunteers are responsible for helping Solid Waste crews remove 94,860 pounds of trash, litter, and illegal dumping from all over the City.

“A big thank you to everyone who participated in our expanded One ABQ Cleanup Month,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We saw an even bigger impact this year and it was great to give our city a spring cleaning as we continue to work towards a healthier, beautiful Burque.”

Over the four weekends, 68 groups took part. But only one participated in three of the four cleanups, the Urbina Family. Solid Waste rewarded them with a swag bag due to all their hard work.

Mayor Keller and Solid Waste aim to continue the expanded event next year. In the meantime, residents can always call 311 to schedule a free community cleanup up to two times per year. Solid Waste will provide gloves and trash bags for cleanups as well as collect the waste at designated collection points.“Solid Waste understands the importance of keeping our city clean and we are here to help you keep Albuquerque beautiful,” said Director Matthew Whelan.

One ABQ Cleanup Month by the numbers:

  • 4 Saturdays of cleanups
  • 47.4 tons = 96,860 pounds of trash
  • 732 total volunteers
  • 68 groups (27 Neighborhood Associations)