Keep Albuquerque Beautiful
A Program of the Solid Waste Management Department
Curbside Recycling
Proper Recycling

To ensure the success of the new curbside recycling program please make sure to follow cart recycling guidelines. Place only recyclable items in the cart because any prohibited material can contaminate the whole batch of recyclable material. 

Accepted In Blue Cart:

  • Newspapers/Magazines    
  • Junk Mail  
  • Office Paper  
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Cereal/Cracker Boxes  
  • Phone Books    
  • Books (Soft/Hard Covers)
  • Paper Egg Cartons
  • Milk Cartons/Juice Boxes
  • Brown Paper Bags
Shredded paper is accepted.
Shredded paper is the only item accepted in a clear plastic bag. Please place shredded paper
ONLY in bag before putting into cart.

  • Plastics #1-#7
  • Rigid Plastics (Crates, Hamper, Toys, Furniture)

  • Aluminum Cans  
  • Tin Cans    
  • Foil & Pie Pans
  • Small Electronics
  • Pots & Pans
  • Small Appliances   

NOT Accepted in Blue Cart:
  • Glass*
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Medical Waste/Needles  
  • Light Bulbs    
  • Batteries
  • Garbage     
  • Food     
  • Pizza Boxes   
  • Snack Food Bags (Chip/Popcorn Bags)    
  • Fast Food Containers, Cups, Wrappers    
  • Scrap Metal
  • Motor Oil Bottles
  • Wrapables/Hoses/Cords
  • Yard Waste/Wood
  • Styrofoam/ Styrofoam peanuts
  • All Plastic Bags
  • Medical Waste/Needles
  • Computer Monitors
  • TVs
*Glass can be recycled at any of our drop off sites around the City of Albuquerque. Glass just cannot be recycled in cart program.