A new pilot program initiated by County Commission Chair Art De La Cruz with Waste Management, Inc. has resulted in an aggressive effort at four county facilities to reduce landfill waste. “It’s very exciting,” Commissioner Art De La Cruz says. “This is another great opportunity for the county to step up and do our part to protect the environment.
At the commissioner’s request, Waste Management has placed four, four-cubic yard commercial dumpsters at the Mt. View, Los Padillas, and Westside Community Centers and the South Valley Economic Development Center. Also, another may soon be parked at the Metropolitan Detention Center. Cardboard, paperboard, aluminum, paper, magazines, junk mail, tin, and plastic will be accepted as recyclables.
In addition, Waste Management, North America’s largest recycler with some 22,000 Bernalillo County residential customers, donated 1,600 flyers valued at some $500 to promote recycling efforts. The flyers were distributed among Rio Grande High School students late last year.
County residents generate tens of thousands of tons of waste each year. We’re really encouraging people to recycle. And that’s why we want to demonstrate to everyone that we practice what we preach,” says De La Cruz.
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