Partnership Launches Statewide Business Recycling Campaign Recognition Program and Trainings Planned

Albuquerque – A new partnership has been created in order to expand business recycling programs around the state. The NM Recycling Coalition, the NM Green Chamber of Commerce, the NMSU Institute for Energy and the Environment and the NM Environment Department Green Zia Environmental Leadership Program have joined forces to launch an outreach campaign to assist businesses to start or expand their recycling programs.

“At least half of all recyclables are generated by the business sector. That is a huge opportunity to increase our community-level recycling rates, avoid wasteful costs for businesses and generate some awareness about the importance of businesses providing recycling options to customers and employees,” explains English Bird, NM Recycling Coalition Executive Director.

“Through this campaign we will recognize leading businesses who are reducing their waste, improving the bottom-line and as a result giving back to their communities,” said New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce President Lawrence Rael. “Businesses across the state are looking for ways to reduce costs and this series of trainings will give them the tools to move forward.”

The partnership plans to launch a recognition program that allows businesses to receive acknowledgment for their diversion efforts. This fall, businesses around the state, will be asked to commit their participation of such activities as recycling, composting, recycled-content procurement and source reduction practices. Recognition will take place surrounding America Recycles Day activities, which occur each November 15th. Businesses that recycle and commit will be provided with media exposure, recognition and entry-way window decals.

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