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Recycling bins create gridlock outside apartments, reader says


After the Nov. 20 column on residents leaving their trash bins in the street long after garbage day, and the city rule that they can only be put out 12 hours before pickup and left 24 hours after,

David Ortega emails “I had to shake my head and laugh.”

David says in his old neighborhood in the near Northeast Heights there are apartment complexes and four-plexes. “The city in its usual fashion deployed 100 percent trash bins and recycle bins in this neighborhood without considering any data. … This is a lower-income neighborhood, and I can tell you that … recycling is not a priority when some people are working two jobs to make ends meet, some are physically handicapped and can barely walk, some are single mothers that have to manage a family not recycle bins, and to my regret some are criminal drug dealers or users. The bins, eight per building, stay out along the street for many days, week to week.”

And David says that’s in great part because “there is no space to place them. Most buildings have gravel in the landscape, and tenants can’t place them anywhere. My building happens to have a Dumpster, but I have two tenants that cannot walk without extreme caution or assistance of some sort. How would they take them back and forth – especially a full, heavy one?”

He ends with “there are four-plex buildings all over Albuquerque that have the same problem. … The Solid Waste department should have never deployed roll-out trash bins for residences as mentioned, especially the recycling bins. It’s twice the problem!”

Diane Wikler, marketing manager/public information officer for the city’s Solid Waste Management Department, says “several years ago, the City’s Solid Waste Management Department worked in conjunction with the neighborhood association and (City Councilor Diane) Gibson to address a variety of trash and recycling cart complaints in this neighborhood. We worked to help educate the community about proper cart placement and removed carts that were not being utilized. (On Dec. 6) our Code Enforcement division drove through this neighborhood and found that most trash and recycling carts are in the appropriate location on residents’ property.”

She adds that “residents are free to store their trash and recycling carts on the gravel or asphalt area within their private property. The Solid Waste Management Department only regulates from the curb out. In the future, if trash and recycling carts are left on the sidewalk or in the street, our Code Enforcement division will make sure to notify residents to the correct the issue.”

WHAT’S THAT PIPE BY I-25 FOR? Joanna Bartlett emails “I travel Interstate 25 northbound into town from Exit 213. I’ve noticed a lot of digging and burying of green pipe to the east of I-25 between Rio Bravo and the airport parking lot south of Gibson.

“Do you know what the pipe might ultimately be carrying, and from where to where?”

Kimberly Gallegos with the New Mexico Department of Transportation was able to find out “it’s the New Mexico Gas Company’s pipe on private property.”

TAKE THE RIGHT 1099 FOR REAL ID: And reader Scott S. emails a tip for retirees gathering documents to get their Real ID.

“For the benefit of retired readers like myself, if there is a need to use a federal 1099 tax form, be aware it cannot be a 1099-R – issued for other than current wages – because the taxpayer’s full Social Security number is not listed. Only the ‘last four’ (are and it) will be rejected by MVD as a proof of identity (number).”

Again, for Real ID you need one proof of identity number (Social Security card, W-2 or 1099), one proof of identity (original or certified copy of your government – not hospital or church – birth certificate or valid passport) and two proofs of residency (utility, insurance, property tax or credit card bills or bank statements with name and physical address). A full list of accepted documents is at

Editorial page editor D’Val Westphal tackles commuter issues for the Metro area on Mondays. Reach her at 823-3858;; or P.O. Drawer J, Albuquerque, N.M. 87103.