Solid Waste

Recycling Facts

1. The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.

2. In 2009, Americans produced enough trash to circle the Earth 24 times.

3. Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.

4. We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road.

5. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPod. Recycling 100 cans could light your bedroom for two whole weeks.

6. Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy used to make alum cans from new material.

7. Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic bottles every hour.

8. Over 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.

9. In 2009, Americans threw away almost 9 million tons of glass. That could fill enough tractor trailers to stretch from NYC to LA (and back!).

10. In 2010, paper recycling had increased over 89% since 1990.

11. If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.


Program Objectives

The Solid Waste program provides technical support in the assessment, review and development of enforcement codes and regulations designed to prevent illegal dumping on or near tribal lands.


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Recycling trailers and bins are available. The Household Hazardous waste and electronic waste programs are ongoing and provide education and outreach at comunity events. In addition we offer a collection program where HHW is collected for pick-up and proper disposal.

Recycling trailers can be requested by tribes for specific events like feast days and earthday cleanups. Check out of equipment can be up to 1 month.
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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Solid Waste News & Updates

Albuquerque Recycling, Inc. has been working towards receiving the R2 electronics recycling certification for the past year, which requires a stringent audit and review process. They are the only R2 certified electronics recycling company in New Mexico to date.

To learn more about the R2 Solutions audit process for electronics recyclers please visit

For more information about the certification and Albuquerque Recycling, please contact:
Janet Estepp,President
Albuquerque Recycling, Inc.
3726 Hawkins St. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 990-3732
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•Americans throw away enough office paper each year to build a 12 foot high wall from Seattle to NY (a new wall every year).
•Making paper from recycled paper reduces the related contribution to air pollution 95%.
•Recycling a stack of newspaper just 3 feet high saves one tree.
More than 37% of the fiber used to make new paper products in the U.S. comes from recycled sources.
•Glass can be recycled and re-manufactured an infinite amount of times and never wear out.
•Making glass from recycled material cuts related water pollution by 50%.
•Recycling just one glass jar saves enough electricity to light an 11 watt CFL bulb for 20 hours.
•More than 28 billion glass bottles and jars end up in landfills every year -- that is the equivalent of filling up two Empire State Buildings every three weeks.
•Recycling cardboard only takes 75% of the energy needed to make new cardboard.
•Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 46 gallons of oil.
•Over 90% of all products shipped in the US are shipped in corrugated boxes, which totals more than 400 billion square feet of cardboard.
•Nearly 80% of all retailers and grocers recycle their cardboard
Food Waste: (without paper products)
•Food waste can be used for composting and sold to farmers or it can be provided as a food source for local animal farms that meet federal, state and local regulations for food scrap usage.
•Almost half of the food in the U.S. goes to waste - approximately 3,000 pounds per second.
•Food scraps make up almost 12% of municipal solid waste generated in the U.S.
•Many schools and businesses are starting to compost food waste on site.
Compost: (food waste with food-soiled paper products)
•Food and paper waste used for food can be composted into nutrient rich soil and sold to farmers.
•Almost half of the food in the U.S. goes to waste - approximately 3,000 pounds per second.
•Food scraps make up almost 12% of municipal solid waste generated in the U.S.
•Many schools and businesses are starting to compost food waste on site.
eWaste: (electronic waste)
•In 2007, 82% equalling 1.8 million tons of ewaste (various electronics e.g. TVs, cell phones, computers etc) ended up in landfills.
•In 1998, the National Safety