Learn how recycling spurs economic development Nov. 10 in Angel Fire

Recycling_shutterstock_139546226ANGEL FIRE — In 2010 alone, New Mexicans spent $51 million dollars to bury $168 million worth of recyclable items. Are you interested in capitalizing on this waste while reducing the amount of materials entering landfills in New Mexico?

English Bird from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) discuss the “Growing Recycling Businesses in New Mexico” project 3 p.m., Tuesday (Nov. 10) at Angel Fire Village Hall. Expect to lea a dozen ways that communities can spur economic development through recycling and reuse.

Terry McDermott, Community Economic Development Coordinator for USDA Rural Development, will discuss USDA programs that can help support local entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses.

Presented by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition in partnership with the Angel Fire Sustainability Committee, the presentation is free and open to existing and potential entrepreneurs, business leaders and economic development partners who are ready for inspiration.

Utilizing extensive knowledge of the recycling and solid waste landscape, NMRC staff has developed 12 recycling and reuse business models that can readily be launched as either new or expanded enterprises. Partnerships between schools, solid waste departments, and small businesses can allow the sharing of resources and create jobs. Visit recyclenewmexico.com/RBEG.htm for All 12 of the recycling business idea templates as well as links to local resources and support for emerging and existing businesses.

EPA research has shown that recycling creates 5-10 jobs for every 1 in landfilling. According to a 2013 economic development study conducted by NMRC, increasing the state’s recycling rate to that of the national rate, from 16% to 34% would create 4,871 New Mexico jobs in collection, processing, manufacturing and reuse (www.recyclenewmexico.com/jobs.htm).

NMRC is a non-profit member-supported organization with the mission of leading New Mexico to value waste as a resource.  The organization serves as a recycling advocate working with a diverse group of stakeholders, communities, businesses, schools and grassroots activists to help build sustainable and efficient recycling programs. Visit recyclenewmexico.com for more information.


  1. Ellen…could you give the readers a report on how the recycling efforts are going in Red River? Has the “quota” of recyclables been met? I certainly hope it continues! It’s long overdue and I always see people there….depositing items in the bins.

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