Local Organization Recognized for Exemplary Performance,  Standard of Excellence Las Cruces, NM June 5, 2018– Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, presented the Animal Control and Codes Department of Doña Ana County the President’s Circle Award—which recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates of Keep America Beautiful in creating clean, green and beautiful communities—at the recent Keep America Beautiful National Conference. In qualifying for the President’s Circle Award, Doña Ana County has met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index (a tool used to visually assess overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegalRead More →

Disposable straws are great when it comes to drinking your beverages, and it is not easy avoiding plastic straws when it comes to eating out at restaurants or having them around at work. You might not think that you use a lot of plastic straws, but just think of how many things come with straws. Anything from ice cream, juice pouches, sodas, coffee, and smoothies, can come with straws. If there are so many, how can we reduce the amount of plastic waste produced by these? We can start off by knowing how the plastic straws negatively affect the environment. The thing about plastic strawsRead More →

You can create a kit for just about anything. In your home, you can have a cooking kit, first aid kit, baking kit, or maybe even a sewing kit. In your car, you might have an emergency kit to help you whenever you need tools. Kits are used to make everyday life easier and more efficient, but did you know you can also make one to help you be more environmentally friendly? With the help of a few useful items you can create a “Zero Waste Kit” to help reduce waste in your home and community and eventually be waste-free. You might be worried aboutRead More →

Now more than ever, recycling right is an important thing to do. The term “recycling right” is important in remembering what the best and most efficient way to recycle is. It also refers to knowing the items you can or cannot put in your recycling bin, differentiating between the different kinds of plastics, and lastly, making sure the recyclables you turn in are clean. However, one of the most important things that helps you recycle right is avoiding throwing things in your recycling bin that do not belong. When deciding whether to throw something in your recycling bin or your trash can, it is easyRead More →

You’ve probably heard of many recycling terms and phrases that help you better understand what is going on in our environment; some of these terms and phrases include Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) or Resin Identification Code (RIC). However, do you know what a garbage patch is? When you hear the term garbage patch, you can imagine a large patch or field filled with garbage. Closely enough, a garbage patch is a large amount of waste in the ocean which is pushed and moved around by the currents until it reaches a stable area. Once the currents are calm, trash is accumulated in an area andRead More →

By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels Myths can create a dense fog around truth. With China’s “National Sword” action, overnight the nation now refuses to accept low quality and dirty recyclables. That’s turned recycling across the globe on its ear. The action forces everyone to clean up their recycling to produce quality material – that results in fast-approaching recycling changes. This is the time to remember why our city has chosen to be “green”, and time to bust some of the myths popping up in online conversations about the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) and its recycling program: The Profit Myth: Recycling makes money,Read More →

Prescription Drugs Tack Back 1 2 Prescription DrugsA controlled substance Prescription drugs are controlled substances regulated by federal and state laws.  The DEA requirements for disposal of controlled substances shall not be construed as affecting or altering in any way the disposal of controlled substances through procedures in laws and regulations. Who Can Accept Prescription Drugs? Only law enforcement entities or entities deputized by the DEA and falling under the DEA’s law enforcement exception can accept prescription drugs for disposal. SCSWA  does not fall under the law enforcement exception and is not a law enforcement entity.  Therefore, SCSWA does NOT prescription drugs for take back. Read More →

IDP News Release Contact: Jamie Dickerman (505) 720-2195, jdickerman@griffinassoc.com Las Cruces, NM – March 27, 2018 – Warm spring weather is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to celebrate and enjoy time outside. To start your spring season with a fresh start, thorough spring cleaning can lead to reduced clutter, reduced stress and a cleaner, happier home. While it might seem like a daunting task, the Doña Ana County Illegal Dumping Partnership (IDP) has tips to make the process easier. “Spring cleaning is a chance for a fresh start to a new season,” said Vicki Lusk, Manager of Doña Ana County AnimalRead More →

What do Plastic Recycling Symbols and Numbers Mean? Have you ever wondered what the numbers, or recycling symbols mean at the bottom of plastic bottles and containers?  Well, the symbol doesn’t always mean that the item can be recycled.  The recycling symbol is often used interchangeably to show that an item: Is made from recycled-content. Can be recycled – but is dependent upon your city/county’s recycling guidelines. What exactly is a rigid plastic? Rigid plastics are known as any non-bottle plastic and often has a hard, non-pliable texture.  Rigid plastics also include non-durable plastics such as plastic tubs and cups. A Closer Look at PlasticsRead More →