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CNM Can Now Recycle All Fiber-based Materials

As part of a new recycling contract with Waste Management of New Mexico, please remember that the college is now able to recycle all fiber-based products on campus. Currently, there are open blue containers in most classrooms and many work units for collection of recyclable fiber-based items. The most significant changes will be a new process for shredding and recycling shredded paper, and new recycling dumpsters provided by Waste Management that will collect thicker paper fibers.

Aug 30, 2016

December 2010

As part of a new recycling contract with Waste Management of New Mexico, please remember that the college is now able to recycle all fiber-based products on campus. Currently, there are open blue containers in most classrooms and many work units for collection of recyclable fiber-based items. The most significant changes will be a new process for shredding and recycling shredded paper, and new recycling dumpsters provided by Waste Management that will collect thicker paper fibers.

Please place all fiber-based products in the blue open bins (except for papers that need to be shredded). Fiber-based products include:

  • Cardboard
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Phone books
  • Brochures
  • Posters
  • Newspapers
  • Folders (without metal)
  • Paper, including colored paper

Use the locked blue containers, located in designated areas in your school or department, for all documents that must to be shredded. Through the Waste Management contract, Unicor LLC is handling all of CNM's shredded paper. All shredding machines at the college have been replaced with locked bins that have a slot for depositing sensitive papers. When the bins are full, Unicor will pick up the full bins and replace them with empty ones. The paper will be shredded at the Unicor facility and then recycled. You can deposit white paper, colored paper, file folders and window envelopes. Paper clips and staples are OK to put in the bins as well. Hanging folders and any other metal objects should not be put in the bins. Unicor is a bonded and insured company experienced at securely handling sensitive information.

Documents that are considered public record should not be put in these bins. If you need clarification on what constitutes a public record, please call Rebecca Turner in the Records Retention and Property Control office at Ext. 4617.

Each area that will be in possession of a bin for papers to be shredded should identify a person who will be responsible for calling Unicor when the bins are full and Unicor will promptly pick up the full bins. The employee who is designated to call Unicor for pickups should call Anthony Rael in Facilities at Ext. 4572 to obtain the Unicor phone number. For those who currently have paper-shredding machines in your area, please put the machines in storage for the immediate future. All shredding is to be handled by Unicor.

Custodial staff will pick up all other recyclable materials on a nightly basis and deposit them in the new recycling dumpsters that will be placed around all of the campuses. If you have large cardboard boxes that need to be recycled, you can leave them outside of your offices for the custodial staff to pick up.

With the installation of the new recycling dumpsters, CNM will also save money by reducing the number of pickups needed to haul away recyclables.

The recycling process for plastics and aluminum cans will remain the same – look for the blue bins with the CNM green logo at various locations around the campuses. If you have questions or concerns about the new recycling processes, contact the Physical Plant at Ext. 4574.