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UNM Recycling helps protect the environment by diverting recyclable materials from landfills and by ensuring that diverted materials are beneficially reused. We take potentially recyclable materials such as office paper, newspaper, shredded paper, cardboard, aluminum, steel and tin cans, plastic and glass bottles, electronic waste, batteries, light bulbs and tubes, wooden pallets and all types of scrap metal, out of the waste stream and into the recycling stream where these materials can be sorted, processed, reused and re-purposed. Many common items which were once considered waste products are now viewed as valuable resources.

UNM Recycling collects materials from the North, Central, and South campuses and other UNM locations off campus in the surrounding areas. We are committed to doing our part to help keep both the State of New Mexico and the University of New Mexico beautiful. The act of recycling is also a positive way to keep our environment healthy. We encourage students, staff and faculty to participate in recycling at UNM and to tell others about it as well.

We are constantly looking for new materials to recycle and new ways to recycle what we already collect. If you have any ideas and want to help, please contact Scott George, Supervisor for UNM Recycling at 505-277-0842 or recycle@unm.edu

For more information about recycling and sustainability at UNM, please refer to UNM Policy 6350, at: Recycling Materials or UNM Policy 2100 at: Sustainability

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Recycling is the process of making new products from used materials. This not only has many benefits for the environment, but also for the future of the human race. Learn more at: http://www.facts-about-recycling.com/


EVER WONDER ... what happens to your empty plastic bottles after you put them in the recycling bin? Watch this cool video to see what happens.


"A Sorted Affair" - watch this video featuring the adventures of sorting your recyclables.