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The Dos and Dont's of Recycling

The Dos and Dont's of Recycling

Everyone has a recycling bin but are you utilizing it properly? We’ve got your recycling Dos and Dont’s to answer all your “What can be recycled?” questions!






  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Junk Mail
  • Office Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Books and Phone Books
  • Paper Bags
  • Paper Egg Cartons
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Plastic Tubs
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Tin Cans
  • Foil and Pie Pans
  • Glass*

*Glass can be recycled in designated yellow bins found at recycling drop-off sites throughout the city. Find a drop-off site.


  • Yard Waste and Wood
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Garbage
  • Food
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Sharp Metal
  • Hoses and Cords
  • Batteries and Lightbulbs
  • Motor Oil Bottles
  • Medical Waste and Needles
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic Bags

Learn more about how you can do your part for the city of Albuquerque when putting out your recycle bins every week. 


While you’ve got recycling and the environment top of mind, take the time to make some additional changes including:

  • Switch your paper month-end statements to electronic statements by visiting sandia.org/eStatements
  • Set up free online bill pay through your Sandia Area online banking account at sandia.org/Bill-Pay to eliminate the use of paper





  1. https://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/recycling/acceptable-materials

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