April 30, 2008
May13-15 - Register
The recycling certification class is scheduled
for May 13-15 in Grants. Folks who need to re-certify can take this class to
satisfy their state recertification requirements, no matter what class they
originally certified in.
NM Recycling Conference: Expected Highlights
Want to know what's going on in all facets of the
recycling world both in New Mexico and the U.S., then you must attend the 2008
NM Recycling Conference! No matter if you need information about drop-off,
curbside, organics management, state grant and loan programs, or working with
businesses or apartments, the conference will have something for everyone! We
also have almost 30 exhibitors ranging from equipment sales to services to
The conference launches with Albuquerque Mayor
Martin Chavez to talk about his commitment to reducing waste in his city. New
Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry, who is a co-sponsor of the
event, will talk about the imperative to assess our full range of environmental
responsibilities. Keynote speaker Jerry Powell, esteemed editor of Resource
Recycling, will take us back into history and forward into the future as to what
he sees as trends for the industry. Mr. Powell is perhaps one of the most
knowledgeable figures in the recycling industry.
On Tuesday afternoon, June 3rd, we will celebrate
our state's recycling champs with the
New Mexico Recycling Awards ceremony. Find out who won this year and share in
their achievements and recognition! The afternoon ceremony will provide plenty
of time before and after to mingle with exhibitors, check out the recycled art
for sale (which will only be on view during this afternoon event) and view the
recycled fashion outfits.
Recycled artists selling at the NM Recycling
Conference include on left Julie Anderson (puppet made from 100% recycled
material) and Marion Martinez renowned for her work with computer scrap elements.
Wednesday, June 4th will bring a slew of more
amazing break-out sessions plus an all-star cast during the lunch-time Recycled
Markets panel. National representatives that work in the specialized fields of
plastic, paper, glass, steel and aluminum will bring news of the latest trends
in collection and processing of these materials. The afternoon provides time for
local recycling processors and for in-depth workshops aimed at the construction
and hospitality fields.
This year's tours will provide attendees with a
view of how certain materials are processed. Tour #1 will visit Wise Recycling,
a large-scale metal recycling and processing company, and Enchantment Electronic
Recycling, which handles computers, electronics and "anything that plugs in" for
recycling. Tour #2 will take you to Jaco Environmental, the recycling processor
for refrigerators collected in PNM's takeback program. More than 95% of the
refrigerator is dissembled and processed onsite. RASTRA is the next site visit,
where recycled Styrofoam and concrete are blended to create a high-insulation
green building block product.
Details about each of the conference break-out
sessions have been posted online at
Register Today for the NM Recycling Conference: Early Bird Rates Close on May
NM State University Main Campus Scores
in RecycleMania Contest
RecycleMania is a friendly competition
among college and university recycling programs in the United States
that provides the campus community with a fun, proactive activity in
waste reduction. Over a 10-week period, campuses compete in
different contests to see which institution can collect
the largest amount of recyclables per
the largest amount of total
the least amount of trash per capita,
or have the
highest recycling rate.
NMSU's main campus in Las Cruces
ranked 5th in the Partial School Grand Champion category. NMSU also
ranked 3rd in the Partial School Targeted Material Paper category.
Quite an accomplishment for a first year entrant in the competition.
NMSU is one of only two schools in New Mexico that compete in
RecycleMania. There were 400 colleges that participated this year in
the competition, recycling a total amount of 58.6 million pounds of
The main goal of this event is to
increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste
minimization. All participating schools are required to report
measurements on a weekly basis in pounds. RecycleMania provides many
ways to gain recognition, including RecycleMania trophies, awards,
and participant certificates.
National Recycling Coalition Bin Grant Winners
Congratulations to the
McKinley Citizen's Recycling Council in Gallup, University of New Mexico
and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe for being 3 of the
75 recipients announced on Earth Day this year as NRC Bin Grant
recipients. There were 1100 applicants this grant cycle. The next grant
cycle will be announced in the Fall of 2008.
Recycling is Important to
91% of American Households
A study conducted by the Consumer
Electronics Association to gauge the public's perception of
recycling and more importantly to them, how many household plan to
replace a TV and if they would recycle that TV.
The findings were interesting:
- Recycling is viewed as an
important/very important activity by 91% surveyed (up from 85%
just 3 years ago).
- That 95% of Americans plan to
recycle their TV via reuse or a recycling program. In 2008 it is
predicted that 32 million new TVs will enter homes with 68.2
million TVs leaving the home.
- 48% of consumers with
over-the-air analog televisions will purchase a converter box.
Click here to view the
Executive Summary of the study.
NMED Launches Pilot Fluorescent
Bulb Recycling Program
The fluorescent bulb
recycling pilot was funded from
an allocation made by the 2007 Legislature. Of $100,000 provided to the Mercury
Reduction Task Force, it was finally determined in late December that $42,550
would go towards the pilot program.
The Bureau’s goal for the
program is to offer fluorescent bulb recycling in four areas of the state that
currently do not offer such an opportunity. NMED: Solid Waste Bureau staff and
consultant Justin Stockdale and his business Resource Revival
secured the following locations: Farmington, the city of Santa Fe, Santa Fe
County, and Ruidoso (Lincoln County Solid Waste Authority).
Two locations (the city of
Santa Fe’s BuRRT facility and the Lincoln County Solid Waste Authority’s Ruidoso
recycling facility) will utilize mechanical crushers. The other two venues
(Farmington’s recycling center and Santa Fe County’s Eldorado recycling center)
will handle the old fluorescent bulbs via a pre-paid mail-back box program.
The pilot launched around Earth Day, April 22,
with outreach via press releases, PSAs, and paid advertising
to inform the public of this new opportunity to recycle
burnt-out fluorescent bulbs.
Citizens will be encouraged
to take their old fluorescent bulbs (including the 4-foot straight bulbs, the
u-shaped ones, and also the new compact fluorescent bulbs [CFLs]) to the
participating location. The pilot intends to encourage business such as
hardware stores, wholesale/retail electrical stores, and janitorial firms to
join in the program. These establishments would be provided pre-paid mail-back
boxes at no charge. Also, PNM will participate with a bi-monthly fluorescent
recycling program at their Ruidoso location, in conjunction with the Lincoln
County Solid Waste Authority’s efforts.
Two Big E-Waste Collection Events Held in April
The Lincoln County Solid Waste Authority held their
recent twice annual event on April 5th and collected
50,000-60,000 pounds of electronics.
In Albuquerque, the annual
E-Waste Recycling event sponsored by City of Albuquerque,
Intel and KOAT-TV7 on April 4 & 5 collected a little under
413,000 pounds of electronics from 3,058 cars. The event ran
smoothly with the average wait to drop-off coming in at 3 minutes.
Natural Evolution, a co-sponsor and the electronics
recycling processor, purchased carbon credits to offset the
fuel used by the 14 semi-trucks used to haul the equipment
to the processing facility.
Estancia Community Recycling Program
A few months ago Tracy Blackburn, a teacher at the
Estancia Upper Elementary School, contacted the New Mexico Recycling Coalition
requesting direction in setting up a recycling program at her school and how to
tie in with their community. The school had received a BP A+ for Energy Grant
and recycling was part of their formula to conserve energy. Since then she has
not only launched recycling at the school, but has started monthly community
recycling drives in partnership with the Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority (EVSWA).
The sixth grade class who form the Energy Conservation Committee volunteer for
the collection drives.
sent home a recycling survey with all Elementary students prior to any of the
Out of 143 returned surveys, 70% said they would recycle if the facilities were
available in the community.
After that, the community recycling drives were
organized. They happen at the
school every second Saturday of the month and accept mixed paper, cardboard,
aluminum, copper and brass, ink cartridges, plastic bottles #1 and #2, and
plastic grocery bags. Some of the materials will be transported to Albuquerque
or Santa Fe for recycling by volunteers. Other items will be sold as a
fundraiser for the program.
Some other accomplishments of the Energy
fenced in an area at the Estancia facility for the community to donate their
aluminum cans to the Sixth Grade Energy Conservation Committee; will allow us to
use their trailer to take cans to market; and will (if not already) provide a
sign on the area to advertise collection
grant purchased several school recycling containers for aluminum
and paper collection
County and District Courthouses are collecting all aluminum and paper for
Torrance County Fair Board will allow the ECC to set up their containers
during Old Timer's Day and the County Fair for collections and give the ECC
a free educational booth to advertise energy conservation
Estancia 4-H Ropers are now on board with conserving energy
Elementary Staff are supporting the recycling efforts at school and home;
have also started collecting plastic drink containers and ink cartridges;
and on top of white paper collections, we are also collecting card board and
Details on the Estancia Community Drives are
detailed in a flyer. Click here to view.
You can reach Tracy Blackburn at
April Compost Course Photos
At the April Compost
Certification Course in Ruidoso, students calculating bulk density of organic
Roger Allen (Biogrind,
Inc.) instructs Ann Watson of Santo Domingo Pueblo on the fine art of
determining acceptable NM Department of Transportation particle size of compost
Green Zia Program Recruiting Judges and
The Green Zia Program is a state environmental
recognition program designed to assist businesses with their environmental
impacts and then recognize them for their efforts. Examiners review and score
applications and prepare feedback reports for applicants. Feedback reports
include opportunities for improvements. Judges review score sheets from
examiners and make recommendations as well.
The examiner training date is June 24th. For more
information contact Michelle Vattano at 505-827-0677 or
Safety Starts at The Top Workshop - May 8th
The New Mexico
Environment Department in partnership with the Municipal League, Association of
Counties and Waste Management of New Mexico will host this free workshop to
address the two fatalities in the industry last year and how to prevent further
WHO: The program is
aimed at all mayors, county administrators, city council members, county
commissioners, and their public works/solid waste management directors that
oversee solid waste operations. Directors of solid waste authorities should also
WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. (An on-site
lunch buffet is available for $11.50/person cash or check only…includes
beverage, tax, and gratuity.)
WHERE: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium, 1701
4th Street SW, Albuquerque.
WHAT: The workshop will address what top down safety looks like,
including the tools you (as a community leader) can use to provide a safe
workplace – mainly focusing on solid waste management – including economics of
good/bad safety, OSHA standards and requirements,
awareness, training, resources, creating a safety culture, job hazard analyses,
and best policies & procedures.
WHY: If this workshop prevents one fatality, one injury, or one lost
workday, then it will be time well spent!
HOW: Presenters from the New Mexico Environment Department’s Occupational
Health and Safety Bureau, NMED’s Solid Waste Bureau, Waste Management of New
Mexico Inc, the New Mexico Association of Counties, and Safety Counselling, Inc.
will provide a wealth of useful information.
For more information or to
register, contact E. Gifford Stack at 505-827-2653 or
Click here for
complete information on the workshop.
Compete in the
NM SWANA RoadRunner Chapter Road-E-O on May
The annual NMSWANA Road-E-O is a great event that shines a spotlight on one
of the crucial jobs on the recycling front-line, our drivers. Nationally,
this is a top hazardous job and we are fortunate to have so many good
drivers in NM. The Road-E-O obstacle course is set up to give drivers
opportunity to show their skills backing, parking, mirror work and
maneuvering around obstacles. I encourage you to give your drivers an
opportunity to "network" with their peers around the state and to spend some
time in the spotlight. - Jay Morrow, Co-chair, 08 NMSWANA Road-E-O
Seven events are offered:
Trucks: Front loader, side
loader, roll-off and trasnfer trailer
Landfill: Compactor, Dozer and
Deadline to register is May 2nd. Registration fees are $50 for one event
and $100 for two event. The event runs from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM on May 10th
at the Albuquerque Cerro Colorado Landill and the Sandia Motor Sports Park.
www.nmswana.com or by calling JoAnne Weaver at 505-872-0164 or
Grants and Loans
Constructions Programs Bureau offers low-interest loans for solid waste
Albuquerque: Eagle Rock Convenience Center
in Albuquerque has become the first year-round electronic
waste recycling facility sponsored by the city. Regular tip
fees apply and the center accepts computers and related
equipment, stereos, cell phones, cameras, fax machines and
DVD/VCR players. Televisions are not accepted. Designed as a
residential program, with large producers encouraged to work
with local private electronic recycling businesses. More
Clovis: The Mayor of
Clovis will receive delegates from the NM Recycling Coalition in
support of developing a stronger recycling collection
Earth Day and Mother Earth this past April 26th with a
rummage sale, how-to-recycle demonstrations, a recycling
collection drive and composting demonstrations.
Las Cruces: The city of
Las Cruces and the South Central Solid Waste Authority have
started a task force to develop more convenient recycling
Santa Fe: The Buckman
Road Recycling and Transfer Station has started collection
soft-back books as a drop-off recycling item.
Amazing photo art depicting
the consumer lifestyle and what it means when added up.
Connections: Nothing's Wasted, Especially Garbage
EDWARD ROTHSTEIN, New
is much to understand about garbage, and a reluctance,
because of its very nature, to look too closely.
Xerox Demonstrates Disappearing
At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Las
Vegas, Steve Hoover, vice president with Xerox Research Center
Webster, shows off a technology being developed in the company's
labs that enables people to reuse a piece of paper. The paper
contains a photochromic compound that makes ink disappear when hit
by direct heat.
Post Office Begins E-Waste
Mail-In Pilot Program
The U.S. Postal Service has launched a pilot program in
1,500 post offices throughout the country that will allow
customers to recycle small electronics and printer
cartridges by mailing them for free.
Ottawa, Ill.-based Clover Technologies Group, which
remanufactures and remarkets inkjet and laser cartridges as
well as small electronics, will pay for the postage. The
pilot program will take place in several cities across the
country, including Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles,
Baltimore and San Diego.
To read more of this story, click on the headline above.
**June 3-4, 2008 New Mexico
Recycling Conference, Albuquerque
**July 11, NMRC Board Meeting,
Bernalillo County, 11 AM. RSVP to
**September 18, NMRC Board
Meeting, Los Alamos, 11 AM. RSVP to
**September 20-24, National
Recycling Coalition Congress, Pittsburgh, PA.
**November 6-7, NMRC Board
Retreat, Sevilleta, time TBA. RSVP to
Recycling and Composting Facility Operator Certification
Class Schedule for 2008.
Recycling Facility Operator Certification
May 13-15, Grants
December 9-11, Santa Fe
Composting Facility Operator Certification
April 15-17, Ruidoso
October 7-9, Albuquerque
To register, please go to
If you have questions about any of the
above information or have articles for future Recycling
Scraps, please e-mail or call me.
New Mexico Recycling Coalition
PO Box 24364, Santa Fe, NM 87502