Glass Recycling Information
As part of the transition to automated collection of recycing, glass will no longer be collected at the curb. New recycling drop-off centers are available for residents to bring glass and other recyclables to. Click here for a list of current recycling drop-off centers. Below are some of the main questions that have been asked and answers to them.
Why has glass collection been eliminated from curbside recycling?
The move to carts and automated collection trucks increases safety and efficiency for our workers. However, the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) that sorts our recycing does not accept glass. Since we are no longer collecting recycling by hand and emptying it into a two-compartment truck, we have no way to collect glass separately at the curb.
Why doesn't our processor accept glass?
This is a nationwide trend. Glass mixed in with other materials causes equipment problems for many MRF's. Although glass is recyclable, it has low value as a commodity and it's heavy and costly to transport. There are no large scale glass recyclers within an economically feasible distance of New Mexico. Consequently, no other municipalities in New Mexico collect glass at the curb.
Is the City still recycling glass?
YES! The City has established recycling drop-off centers for glass (and other recyclables) in addition to the Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station recycling drop-off. The Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency (SFSWMA) continues to process our glass for local uses in manufacturing and production applications. Click here for a list of current recycling drop-off centers.