Carlsbad to stop recycling services

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE)- Recycling in one New Mexico city has come to a halt. That has some resident upset, but city officials say they just can’t afford to keep it going.

For residents in Carlsbad, the blue trash cans full of recycling that sit in front of homes will not be hauled to the recycling center anymore.

The city says this is because of an equipment breakdown at the recycling contractor’s facility, and the rising cost to recycle.

The city works with Rainbow Recycling who have handled Carlsbad’s recycling for more than a decade. They both say because of increased cost and dwindling sales value, the decision to stop the services was unavoidable. They hope to come up with a solution soon.

“We want to come up with a plan that helps reduces cost as much as possible but also brings a good service to the community so that’s what we’re researching right now,” said Stephanie Shumsky, deputy city administrator.

Glass recycling will continue at the City of Carlsbad’s convenience station, as will paper shredding services.

The city says while they will still pick up the blue containers, for the time being and the items inside will be taken to the landfill.

Many residents, like Marisol Moreno, say that while they understand the issue,  taking the service away is not the answer.

“It helps keep the environment clean the fact that they’re going to stop doing that is going to create more problems than solutions in my opinion,” said Moreno.

Weekly pickup of the blue residential roll-outs will remain for several weeks to give customers time to adjust and allow the city to develop and implement a transition plan. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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