by Alanna R. Mejia/North Wind Services Technical Editor
Whether you're a new resident of White Sands Missile Range or it has been your home for many years, recycling is something we all need reminders about every now and then. What can be placed in the recycle trailers around base, and what items are trash instead? Did you know if you don't flatten those carboard boxes, it makes it more difficult for everyone else visiting the trailers to empty their full recycling containers?
There are 10 blue recycling trailers set up around the base, and all offices, shops and warehouses have blue recycling containers. If you don't have one for your office, you can request one by calling the Qualified Recycling Program (QRP) Office (575) 678-2225.
Things you can place in the recycling trailers
Not sure what items you can place in the blue recycling trailers? Not to worry, here's a complete list of the items you can recycle:
- Newspapers, magazines, junk mail.
- Office paper, phone books, paper bags.
- FLATTENED cardboard, paperboard.
- Plastics #1 - #7 (look for the number printed on the plastic item, usually on the bottom).
- Aluminum cans, steel cans (rinsed).
- Shredded paper in tied, clear plastic bags.
Things you CANNOT place in the recycling trailers
Please don't place the following items in the blue recycling trailers – the whole trailer load may become contaminated and not recyclable:
- Garbage, food waste.
- Pizza boxes.
- Furniture, mattresses.
- Wood pallets.
- Yard waste.
- Used oil bottles.
- Scrap metal (drop off at the Scrap Metal Yard instead).
WSMR's QRP was funded and developed internally, with a push from staff and proceeds gained from the sale of scrap metal, used oil, and municipal solid waste recycling. The program, managed by QRP Program Managers Debbie Hartell and Brian Knight, has grown each year and your participation is key in helping WSMR reach the government-mandated recycling goals that the base is very near to reaching. Let's make 2018 the year we reach over 50% diversion of items that would otherwise be filling our landfills! The QRP would like to thank you for making the program successful, and for caring about our environment.