Our recycling program is fairly new. As such, we don’t accept many materials that some more-mature programs accept. But bear with us: as we mature, we may be able to do so, too!

At present, our program accepts the following CLEAN materials, separated by type:

  • All plastics markedplastic-recycling-code 1or plastic-recycling-code 2only; no caps on bottles, please!
  • corrugated cardboard (layered, wavy brown material; NO cereal boxes, tissue boxes, etc.)
  • brown paper (goes into the corrugated cardboard bin)
  • all other paper, including staples, glassine windows, paper clips, etc.
  • steel/tin cans (rinsed out so that there is no food or other residue)
  • aluminum cans and clean foil
  • AT THE TRANSFER STATION ONLY: electronic waste, and used motor oil

Some of the main items our program does NOT accept at present:

  • glass of any kind
  • plastic bags (take them to the Community Pantry, or Wal-Mart, or Smith’s)
  • bubble wrap or other sheet plastic
  • cereal box, tissue box, beverage wrap, or other pasteboard-type “cardboard”
  • Styrofoam(tm) or other packing foam

Here are the locations and hours of staffing at our various drop-off stations in Cíbola County:

  • Cíbola County Transfer Station: 8:30 – 5:00 Monday – Saturday
  • Smith’s Grants rolloff bins (LOCATED BEHIND FAMILY DOLLAR):
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8 a.m. – noon; Monday through Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – noon (when volunteers are available to take duty)
  • John Brooks Market in Milan:
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Thursday 9 a.m. – noon; Friday 8 a.m. – noon
  • Convenience stations at Bluewater Lake, Cubero, and Seboyeta, at their regular hours
  • The Inscription Rock Trading & Coffee Co. at El Morro, at their regular hours

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Press Release, November 28, 2016

The State of Recycling In Cíbola County

November is America Recycles Month, and Recycle Cíbola! thanks you for your continued support of our recycling program.  Here are some highlights of recycling in our community during the past year.

Dedication of Eco-Brick Wall Terrace at the Double Six Gallery.

This was a collaborative project between Recycle Cíbola! and the Double Six Gallery, with the help of Cíbola County residents, to create an Eco-Wall Terrace for the new botanical garden at the Double Six Gallery in Grants. The Eco-Brick Wall is 40 feet long and 20 feet wide, and is constructed of wood framing, wire, concrete, and stucco.  It contains materials diverted from the landfill, including over 10,000 glass bottles and “eco-bricks” (plastic bottles tightly stuffed with clean trash) and corrugated cardboard.  The wall is a prime example of how we, as a community, can create a greener environment for our future by reducing, reusing, and recycling our trash.  We thank all who worked on and supported the project.

Movement of the Recycling Drop-Off Centers

We are sure you have noticed that our recycling drop-off centers have been moving around.  This has happened because the City of Grants and the County have been undertaking projects at some recycling center locations.  For example, the City has joined in the development of the area near City Hall.  As a result, it moved the City Hall recycling bins to the old Alco building parking lot on First Street.  In the near future, the Alco building will be made into our new library.  So the recycling bins have been removed from that location. The recycling bins in the Smith’s Parking lot were moved temporarily because the lot was re-paved.  Those bins now have been moved back into the Smith’s parking lot by the Lobo Canyon Road entrance.  We also are looking into the possibility of locating a second recycling location in Grants on the south side of the city.  We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may have caused.  To summarize, you can drop-off your recycling at the:

  • Smith’s Parking Lot in Grants
  • John Brooks Grocery Store Parking Lot in Milan
  • Cibola County Transfer Station in Milan
  • Cubero, Seboyeta, and Bluewater Convenience Centers
  • Inscription Rock Trading Post near El Morro.

Increasing Recycling in Cíbola County

When we recycle, we reuse materials instead of throwing them into our landfill.  This is one responsible and easy way to divert trash from the landfill.  Diversion of trash is important for many reasons.  Landfill cells are expensive to build ($1-1.5 million for a cell that lasts 5-7 years), and, by diverting recyclables, our landfill cells last longer.  When we divert recyclables, these materials are reused and made into new products.  In this way, we help save energy and our natural resources.  We can tell how much trash has been diverted from our landfill through recycling by our recycling rate.  In 2015, the recycling rate in Cíbola County was 2% as compared with 6% in McKinnley County, and 16% statewide. To increase recycling in our community, Recycle Cíbola! has proposed to our elected officials that Residential Curbside Collection and Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) Programs be offered [see Initiatives section of this website].  Under PAYT and curbside recycling, residents would have 2 bins, 1 for recycling and 1 for waste.  Residents would choose the size of trash bin needed to dispose of our volume of trash.  Trash rates would vary depending on the size of our bins:  we would pay less for smaller trash bins.  As we recycled more and threw out less trash, we would pay lower trash fees.  These programs would benefit our community by increasing recycling, diverting more trash from the landfill, and providing fairer trash rates.  We also have proposed that a Commercial Cardboard Curbside Collection Program be started, as sales of cardboard bring more income to the recycling program and also support a local employer that processes recycled cardboard — BioPapel.  Over 550 people have signed petitions supporting curbside recycling collection, but we will need a greater number of supporters before officials are likely to act.  Please show your support and let your elected officials and Recycle Cíbola! know your thoughts.


Please help to clean up this area of our county.  Every hand is welcome and valuable!



Pictures from the 2nd-place-winning float at the July 4th parade in 2016.  Way to go, RC!

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