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November 15, 2019
New Contract Returns Recycling Processing to Buckman Road Recycling & Transfer Station 

November 15 is America Recycles Day, and the City is excited to announce that we have transitioned the processing of our recyclables to the facility at the Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station (BuRRT).  On May 30, 2019, the Joint Powers Board of the Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency (SFSWMA) approved a new contract with Town Recycling, LLC., for the processing of recyclable materials in Santa Fe, NM. The contract replaced a previous agreement with Friedman Recycling, based in Albuquerque. Town Recycling began testing the equipment at BuRRT over the summer, and has assumed full operational responsibility for processing and marketing recycling for the SFSWMA on behalf of the City and County of Santa Fe.

Re-opening the local Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) has many positive outcomes.  Sorting the recycling locally has provided eleven new jobs for Santa Feans.  Additionally, staff has the opportunity to observe and more accurately assess the materials in the recycling stream, and to address any issues within our advertising and education materials.  This helps to ensure a clean and marketable product.

“Many residents have expressed concerns about the health of the recycling industry, having seen the news about the Chinese ban on importing recycling.  But that has really been an opportunity for growing our recycling markets domestically, reducing the distance these materials travel to be made into products, and creating new green-collar jobs in North America,” said Shirlene Sitton, the City’s Environmental Services Division Director.  “Working more directly with our partner, Town Recycling, allows us to continually improve our product, and have more information and control over where the end markets are.”

3,155 tons of material have been processed through BuRRT since the new contract has been in place. “Santa Feans are awesome recyclers” said Martha Lara, of Town Recycling, who manages the contract.  “There is more, and cleaner material than we expected! But we still have problems with items that don’t belong such as batteries and hoses.”

When non-accepted items are placed in the recycling, it can prevent recyclable material from being processed and sold to end markets. Clean recycling is essential for the environmental and economic sustainability of the program. Santa Feans can find information about what is accepted in the recycling program on both the City and County websites, the City’s Residential Services Calendar, or by calling the City, County or the Agency.

“The City of Santa Fe Environmental Services Division would like to encourage city and county residents to continue to recycle, and most importantly, to Recycle Right every time,” said Shirlene Sitton, Environmental Services Division Director.

The attached image indicates the most problematic contaminates as well as the main categories of recyclable material accepted in the City’s curbside recycling program or drop-off sites, and at the County’s solid waste convenience centers.

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Contact: Lilia Chacon, Public Information Officer, [bot protected email address], (505) 955-6045

Lilia Chacon

Communications Director

City of Santa Fe

200 Lincoln Ave.

Santa Fe, NM 87501

O: 505-955-6045

C: 505-670-0719

E: [bot protected email address]





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