SANTA FE (AP) – The New Mexico Recycling Coalition will be developing a training program and providing technical assistance to help Native American communities around the state with recycling programs.
The work is being funded with a $40,000 grant from the federal government. The funding was announced Monday.
As part of the program, 20 eligible tribes will benefit.
The project was developed based on outreach done by the Recycling Coalition. The group found that many challenges hinder how tribes are able to launch or expand their solid waste diversion programs. One of those challenges is the rural nature of the state.
The group’s executive director, Sarah Pierpont, says training sessions will be held at tribal collection centers and a couple of audits will be done to better understand the waste streams in tribal communities.