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New Blue Bins: Las Cruces Utilities and South Central Solid Waste Authority Team Up

By Cassie McClure

The blue recycling bin outside the garage or by your door might suddenly look different – a little newer, with some updated logos, and with a new number to call for questions.

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), with South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA), has started replacing the existing Friedman Recycling containers as part of the newest initiative to let customers know exactly who to contact if they have problems with their solid waste or recycling pickup.

LCU New Recycling ContainersCustomer Central, which can answer questions for both agencies, can be reached at 575/541-2111 has staff who can answer any questions from what goes into the blue bin to when the next grappler pickup will be for an address.

“It’s a one-stop-shop that’s a starting point to get help with our services,” said LCU Director Delilah Walsh. “The MOU [Memorandum of Understanding] with SCSWA has deepened our partnership to make sure that the needs of our residents are met more effectively. With the new bins, it’ll be easy to know what might go in which bin.”

Customer Central’s “One Stop, One Call” line has two dedicated representatives to answer solid waste collection, disposal, and recycling questions. Does the Styrofoam go in the recycling? No, but it’s a typical question that will find an answer at Customer Central.

“In the coming weeks, SCSWA staff are exchanging recycling containers on the day of service after the truck has gone by and emptied the containers,” said Rosa Montoya, LCU Interim Solid Waste Deputy Director. Montoya asked that even if recycling containers are emptied on the normal service day, please leave old containers on the curb until 4 p.m. so that crews have a chance to replace them.

“Crews may not get it the first time, even if a customer leaves it until 4 p.m. It’s a large job to swap thousands of them,” Montoya said. “Customers might not always put out their containers because they’re not full or empty, but we are encouraging everyone to take them out on your service day until replacement is complete.”

During weeks when the containers are swapped, the SCSWA website, www.scswa.net, will have maps indicating where they are currently replacing containers. Each new container also has a QR Code so customers can use their smartphone to scan and retrieve instant information, like their pickup schedule, and know what and what not to throw in their blue recycling container.

LCU Customer Central can be reached at 575/541-2111 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. LCU provides clean, safe, and reliable services to Las Cruces residents and businesses. Learn more at: las-cruces.org/180/Utilities For emergencies, call Dispatch at 575/526-0500.

Note: This story was recently published in the Las Cruces Sun-News. Cassie McClure is not a City of Las Cruces employee.

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