Las Cruces Celebrates Recycling Anniversary
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — It has been one year since curbside recycling became available to Las Cruces residents. Recently released numbers show the every-other-week pickup has propelled the region's recycling tonnage to new heights: almost 8,000 tons recycled during the past 12 months, including: curbside, commercial, drop-off, electronics, and scrap metal
“This is the largest amount of recyclables collected in Doña Ana County ever,” explains Patrick Peck, Director of the South Central Solid Waste Authority.
Over the past year, more than 4400 tons of recyclables were gathered solely through curbside recycling. That represents a 15% drop in residential solid waste going to Corralitos Landfill.
Regional recycling has been on the rise for the past 3 years: in 2009, 2,400 tons of recyclable items were collected from city and county residents. With single stream recycling, our numbers jumped to 3,800 tons in 2010. Today, thanks to curbside recycling, we've more than doubled regional recycling, hitting almost 8,000 tons of plastics, paper, cardboard, electronics, and metals being moved through the recycling stream, instead of being thrown away.
“First we had basic recycling drop off sites, then single stream recycling expanded our list of recyclables and boosted our numbers tremendously. Now that curbside recycling is up and running, the numbers keep going up,” explains Peck.