Keep Albuquerque Beautiful
A Program of the Solid Waste Management Department
Why Recycle?
Benefits of Recycling
  • Reducing the amount of waste and products sent to the landfill 
  • Conserves our natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
  • Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
  • Saves energy and money
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations
  • Well-run recycling programs cost less to operate than waste collection, landfilling, and incineration
  • Recycling creates jobs

Fun Facts
  • Every ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees.
  • Recycling 5 soda bottles provides enough fiber to make 1 square foot of carpet.
  • On average 113,204 aluminum cans are recycled every minute.
  • Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water.
  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours.
  • It is important to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Recycling helps us do that by saving energy.
  • Every Sunday, the United States wastes nearly 90% of recyclable newspapers. This wastes about 500,000 trees.
  • Annually, enough energy is saved by recycling steel to supply Los Angeles with electricity for almost 10 years.
  • Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates one job, landfilling the same amount creates 6 jobs, recycling the same 10,000 tons creates 36 jobs.