ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – You’ve seen the commercials: Mayor Richard Berry encouraging Albuquerque residents to recycle more and increase recycling in their homes by two pounds each week.
But is the campaign working?
KRQE News 13 asked the Solid Waste Management Department to crunch some numbers.
Solid Waste Management officials say they’ve seen a big improvement across the board, but where they’ve really seen an increase is in commercial recycling.
Associate Director, Jill Holbert, says they’ve seen a huge increase of 30 percent from last year. That amounts to about a half a million pounds.
Holbert says it also doesn’t matter where people live or what income level they have, but after looking at the routes and numbers of pounds per week, Holbert said there are certain neighborhoods that are recycling more than others.
“Some of the top neighborhoods are Four Hills, Embudo Canyon and Taylor Ranch on the West Side. The neighborhoods I would say who need the most improvement are Trumbull Area, South Valley, South Broadway,” said Holbert.
The new six cubic yard recycling dumpsters located around the city have also helped with the effort.
Holbert says there are about 280 of them at apartment complexes and businesses.For more information on “2 More Pounds,” click here >>