NM recycling drops slightly

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The latest figures from the New Mexico Environment Department show recycling in the state has dropped slightly.

It’s estimated that nearly 16 percent, or about 293,000 tons of trash was recycled in the last year tracked, but the year before, 21 percent was recycled.

The New Mexico Recycling Coalition has set a goal of 35 percent by 2018.

The coalition says diverting materials such yard waste, tree trimmings and scrap metal is the secret to high rates.

The rate in Lincoln County where there’s a lot of green waste is 57 percent.

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