By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
ALBUQUERQUE -- The blue bin roll-out is complete, making curbside recycling a reality throughout the city of Albuquerque.
The Solid Waste Management Department began distributing 96 gallon recycling carts on May 1 and officially delivered its last cart on Oct. 15. A total of 177,644 blue recycling carts have been delivered between this year's roll-out and last year's pilot program.
"Our commitment to increasing Albuquerque's recycling rate is evident in the completion of this roll-out," Mayor Richard Berry said in a statement. "The completion of this roll-out allows us to work towards our next goal, a 25 percent diversion rate."
Friedman Recycling's new Materials Recovery Facility will sort an estimated 120,000 tons of recyclable material each year, helping to reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills.
Solid Waste Management Department Residential Customers may recycle the following in their blue carts each week:
Milk and Juice Boxes
Brown Paper Bags
Paper Egg Cartons
#1 - #7 Plastics Bottles/Tubs/Containers
Foil & Pie Pans
Pots & Pans
For information about ABQ Recycles call 311 or visit www.cabq.gov/solidwaste.