County Community Projects Director Jessica Etcheverry said the county now has two recycling centers: the Cookes Peak Collection Center at 80 Highway 26 NE, and the Sunshine Collection Center at 895 Sunshine Road Southwest.
Etcheverry said both centers are accepting cardboard, office paper, newspapers, junk mail, catalogs and magazines, tin, and #1 and #2 plastic.
All recyclables collected at the county stations are hauled to the city of Deming transfer station for processing, and are combined with recyclables from the City of Deming’s drop-off centers at Wal-Mart, Peppers and the corner of 8th and Spruce streets to be baled together for sale to end-markets.
Etcheverry said Deming received federal grant monies from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition last year to develop a recycling hub. The county also received funds to place recycling collection equipment throughout the county.
Etcheverry added that aluminum cans may be traded for either swimming or bowling passes. Twenty-four rinsed and crushed aluminum cans will equal one pass. The cans should be taken to the Luna County Cooperative Extension Service office at 210-B Poplar Street.