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:

  • White and Colored writing paper    
  • Computer Paper, Magazines,  
  • Newspapers with Inserts    
  • Junk Mail    
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Cereal/Cracker Boxes  
  • Phone Books    
  • Books (Soft/Hard Covers)
  • Paper Egg Cartons
  • Soda Boxes
  • 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)
  • Food containers (Examples strawberry, cookie, and brownie plastic containers)

Aluminum and Tin
  • Food/Pet Food Cans  
  • Soda/Beer Cans    
  • Pots and Pans
  • Small metal appliances   

Small E-Waste
  • Cell Phones
  • Cameras
  • Peripherals
  • Rechargeable Batteries

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 (Metal Pipes/ Hangers/Wires/Auto Parts)**
  • Motor Oil Bottles** 
  • Hot Ashes 
  • Concrete/Rocks/Gravel/Wood**
  • Yard Waste (Grass/Leaves/Plant trimmings/Branches/Pruning)**
  • Styrofoam/ Styrofoam peanuts
  • Plastic Film
  • Plastic Wrap/Dry Cleaning Bags
  • 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. 

Click here for addresses of each drop off location 

**Indicates that items may be recycled or properly disposed of by other companies in the city. Click image below to find out where.