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NM Recycling Programs a Few Cycles Behind

August 31, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A recent ranking of recycling programs in major American cities puts Albuquerque somewhere in the middle of the pack. However, the state of New Mexico as a whole still has a lot of catching up to do, according to English Bird, who directs the New Mexico Recycling Coalition.

"New Mexico has an 11 percent recycling rate, and this compares nationally with a 33 percent recycling rate. So we're kind of down on the lower rung compared to other states."

That means the vast majority of materials that New Mexicans and New Mexico businesses throw away end up in landfills, she says. A grant program and other forms of assistance from the state could help the Land of Enchantment catch up to the national average, Bird adds.

While most New Mexicans know what it means to recycle, they may not know how many ways there are to do it. Elsewhere in the country, people pre-cycle, free-cycle, up-cycle, down-cycle and e-cycle. All these green cycles can help save money, make for a healthier environment and be a good teaching tool for children, says Amy Hock with the Iowa Metro Waste Authority.

"Buy what you need and use what you buy. That is a way of pre-cycling - thinking before you make a purchase. Free-cycling is a term for giving away items away instead of throwing them away."

Up-cycling means creating useful items from recycled material; down-cycling is reusing a product for an alternative lesser-quality purpose to keep it out of the landfill; e-cycling refers to recycling electronics. Hock says any of these ways of recycling can be used at home, school, office or wherever people are, to keep material out of landfills.

Recycling rankings are available at www.menshealth.com.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM