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New recycling plant exceeding expectations

Created: 01/08/2014 6:32 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

New Mexico’s newest mountain range is piling up in a huge metal barn on Edith Boulevard in Albuquerque’s North Valley.

It’s garbage.

Albuquerque residents recycled record-smashing amounts of waste in December, exceeding all expectations at the Friedman Recycling plant that is still in its first year of operation.

The public-private partnership plant opened at the end of last May, with nobody expecting the recycling response that came from city dwellers in December.

Sure, there’s more stuff to recycle from presents and purchases during the holidays, but December brought in 2,991 tons of recyclable waste - almost double the amount the city recycled in December 2012. That’s 6,000,000 pounds of trash that won’t go into the landfill, but will get re-made and re-used as other stuff.

“It’s huge,” said Bobby Sisneros of the city’s Solid waste department. “It’s record-breaking for the city of Albuquerque. We’ve never collected this much recyclable material. We’ve collected nearly 6 million pounds – that’s a lot of recycling!”

“We’re excited about that,’ said Friedman plant supervisor Robert Taylor. “You know, participation is the key to the success for Friedman and the city and the program, so we’re happy to see everybody jumping on board with the blue carts and filling them up for us.”

Taylor and Sisneros said the big hope is that first-time recyclers from December will get on board and become year-round recyclers.


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