City’s new app shows what you can, can’t recycle


The city is launching a new campaign complete with an app to remind people what can and can’t go in recycling bins. 

“[It’s] to get people in Albuquerque to recycle right and put the right things in their bin,” Solid Waste Director Matthew Whelan said.

The app Recycle Coach is part of the Solid Waste Department’s new recycling education campaign called Recycle Right ABQ.

People can check their recycling pick-up date; or type in the item and the website will say if it’s recyclable.

Friedman, the company that sorts all the recyclables the city collects, said it goes through more than 3,000 tons of recyclables a month.

“Over the last year we recycled over 78 million pounds of recyclables,” Whelan added.

The city adds that the extra work from people at home with help through the app can help with that process.

Friedman said in all, about 29-percent of what’s put in recycle bins is actually trash. That’s more than 20 million pounds of trash going into recycling bins in the city each year.    

Download the app and see the list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to recycling here.

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