Where does everything end up?

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By Katy Korkos

The new blue recycling roll-carts have been delivered to every home in the county that requested them, and more people than ever are taking advantage of the convenient curbside recycling program through the county’s solid waste division. People who have been recycling for decades remember a day when everything had to be sorted, labels removed, glass was accepted and plastic was not, newspapers were bundled and tied with string, they had to keep track of paper day, glass day, and aluminum day, or trundle it all down to the nearest health food store.It seems just too simple to put everything in one cart, and the only guideline for recyclers now is to put heavier stuff in the bottom so the cart won’t blow over. “We’ve been getting lots of calls from people who can’t believe how convenient it is, and want to know how it’s possible to recycle when they put everything in together,” said Solid Waste Manager Regina Wheeler.Until Santa Fe opened a new sorting facility in February, Los Alamos’ recycling was hauled to Denver or Phoenix for sorting and marketing, Wheeler said, adding that the new Materials Recovery Facility on Buckman Road makes the Los Alamos curbside-recycling program far more economical by saving on hauling costs.

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