Not everything that can be recycled within the town of Silver City can -- or should -- be placed in the town's blue recycle bins. Here are some solutions for those items:
Appliances and Scrap Metal
Major appliances (refrigerators, ovens, washer, dryers, etc.) can be taken to the “white goods” area at the landfill for recycling. PNM has a refrigerator recycling program that will pay you and take away an old working refrigerator. Working appliances can be donated to the ReStore. Smaller working appliances can be donated to local resale stores. Scrap metal is accepted at the landfill for recycling and there are several commercial metal recyclers in the county.
Rechargeable batteries from things like cordless tools, cell phones, laptops and cameras should be recycled since they have heavy metals in them. They can be recycled at the landfill, Ace, Radio Shack or on Earth Day.
Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, etc.) no longer contain heavy metals and can safely be disposed of in the trash.
Automobile batteries can be recycled wherever you buy a new battery or they can be recycled at the landfill.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs
Compact fluorescent light bulbs contain a small amount of mercury. Unbroken CFL’s be recycled at Ace Hardware or on Earth Day when the Recycling Advisory Committee has it’s annual recycling event.
If you break a CFL or other fluorescent bulb you should take precautions when you clean it up. A guide to clean up can be viewed here: http://www.epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup.htmlElectronics
There is now a drop off at the landfill for all electronics and electrical items. If it plugs in or is battery operated it can be recycled. This includes computers and TVs. For a complete listing of accepted items look elsewhere on this forum:http://www.gilacommunity.net/viewtopic.php?f=160&t=10212
It is better to recycle cell phones via the collection boxes at Cellular Connection since they are donated to El Refugio. Make sure you have cancelled your cellular service plan before recycling.Hazardous Waste
Latex or oil-based paints can be recycled at the landfill or contact the ReStore, 534-9727. It is best to use as few hazardous chemical cleaners and pesticides as possible and use them according to directions. Only buy as much as you need. The landfill has a separate area for safe disposal of HHW.
Recycle clean and dry plastic bags at drop off bins at WalMart, Albertson’s or Food Basket. There are numerous types of plastic bags in addition to grocery store bags that can be included:
- newspaper bags
- dry cleaning bags
- bread bags
- produce bags
- toilet paper, napkin, and paper towel wraps
- plastic food storage bags (clean and dry) – (e.g. Ziploc® Bags)
- plastic cereal box liners (if it tears like paper do not include)
- Tyvek (no glue, labels, other material)
- diaper wrap (packaging)
- plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, and air pillows (deflate/remove labels if possible)
- case wrap (e.g., snacks, water bottles)
- All clean, dry bags labeled #2 or #4.
- Plastic food wrap and prepackaged salad bags should not be included with the bags.
Oil and other Automotive Fluids
It is illegal to dump oil or antifreeze in the trash or on the ground, as well as harmful to the environment. Most auto supply stores will recycle the fluids or you can drop them off at the special location at the landfill. Tires
When you purchase new tires ask the dealer to recycle them. The landfill also accepts scrap tires for a fee. More Information
For additional information call Southwest Solid Waste Authority at 388-8051, Option 3.