City starts new recycling pilot program at Albuquerque park


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque is planning on testing its newest recycling pilot program for the next six months at Tiguex Park in Old Town.

City workers spent Monday setting up blue bins all around the park; bins specifically made for recycling.

“It really just comes down to the folks in Albuquerque,” Mayor Richard Berry said, “Families and others who are here at the park have to take those blue bins and use them.”

The pilot program cost $9,750. City officials said $9,000 is coming from the Parks and Recreation Department.

According to Mayor Berry, the city has gone from recycling five percent of its solid waste to 20 percent within the last year.

“We always talked about being a green city when I took over as mayor,” he said. “So we sat down and looked at ways to ramp it up in Albuquerque.”

He said the city still has a long way to go, but it all starts with residents. Some residents said, they’re shocked to know recycling bins are barely being implemented at parks in Albuquerque.

“It’s a little surprising and sad, but it’s got to start somewhere,” Krystle Hutsel said. “I think if people see it maybe they’ll start to use it.”

Mayor Berry said people have to use them in the correct way, in order to see more of them around town.

“This is the perfect place to start,” he said. “If the crews are out here cleaning and there’s others stuff in there other than recyclables then it doesn’t become worthwhile.”

The pilot program is set to last for the next six months.

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