The Conservation Beat
2:34 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

New ABQ Recycling Facility Progressing Steadily

Under a contract with the city, Friedman Recycling has until next May to complete its new 70,000 square foot recycling center at 5049 Edith NE.

Interim Director of the Solid Waste Department Jill Holbert, has said the new facility will be able to process 25 tons of recycling per hour as opposed to the old facility's three tons per hour.  Now, how to pay for it...

From a report in New Mexico Business Weekly:

The Bernalillo County Commission has voted to consider an application for $16 million in industrial revenue bonds by Friedman Recycling of Albuquerque LLC….The County Commission will consider the bond for 30 days while it solicits public comment. The final vote on the application is tentatively scheduled for May 8.

The facility is expected to create 35 long-term jobs and 135 construction jobs.

It’s all part of the city’s plan to automate its recycling program, thereby (hopefully) increasing Albuquerque’s dismal 5% household recycling rate to 25%.   Residents who haven’t already received a blue cart as part of the pilot program will have them, for sure, by early next year.