Although Federal Facilities are required to recycle by Laws and Executive Orders, it is also the-right-thing-to-do. Recycling saves virgin material, product, energy, and water used in manufacturing and landfill space/costs. WSTF follows the regulatory guidelines for recycling for white paper, cardboard, and other materials.
WSIT has overseen the growth of the WSTF Recycling Program since 2006. WSTF relies on recycling capabilities of local entities, including local city, county, and educational facilities. WSTF began recycling plastic bottles and shiny paper in the summer of 2006 as a wholly volunteer effort, facilitated by a partnership with New Mexico State University.
Since that time, the types and volume of materials that WSTF can recycle has grown along with local area recycling capabilities. Today, WSTF is partnered with the SCSWA to recycle comingled materials in a “single stream”. With the exception of cardboard (handled by our refuse contractor), WSTF collects all types of paper, books, catalogs, pressboard, plastic bottles and containers (Plastic #s 1-7), aluminum and tin cans in “single stream” containers. Materials are transported to El Paso, Texas along with the Las Cruces recyclables and sorted by commodity at the Friedman Municipal Recycling Facility.
WSTF continues to look for opportunities to reduce our use, reuse, and recycle. Cardboard boxes in good condition are reused for repackaging and shipping. In addition to fiberboard boxes, WSTF also reuses or recycles the following: excelsior packing peanuts, bubble wrap, foam, polystyrene, and good pallets/crates.
The materials listed below are also reused/recycled by the site.