2013: MCRC & Gallup Recycling in Review

The highlight of 2013 was the creation of 2 new community collection sites in Gallup.  This was made possible through the efforts of New Mexico Recycling Coalition, Northwest New Mexico Regional Solid Waste Authority and in collaboration with McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council.  In 2013, the regional recycling facility in Thoreau, NM recycled approximately 313 tons of cardboard, 84 tons of mixed paper, and 21 tons of plastic.


America Recycles Day, November 2013

Roberta Wolthers (volunteer); MCRC:  Millie Dunning, Gerald O’Hara, Shafiq Chaudhary, Patrick Moore (MC), Betsy Windisch, Leigh Tutterrow, Barbara Brandt, Mary Lee Fletcher, Sandy Young, Lynn Anner-Bolieu, Linda Popelish, Sandi Arentino (not pictured)

MCRC Members

Here’s What We Accomplished in 2013:

  • Hosted Earth Day event at Octavia Fellin Public Library
  • Published McKinley County Recycling Guide update
  • Published monthly Gallup Journey articles
  • Launched Recyclegallup.org website & Recycling Circle newsletter
  • Coordinated with NWNMRSWA & NMRC to place collection bins in Gallup
  • Held volunteer training for staffing the collection bins
  • Met with city council members about the feasibility of curbside recycling
  • Toured Bio-PAPPELThoreau LandfillFriedman Recycling facilities
  • Staffed recycling tables at new teacher orientation for GMCS, Arts Crawl, Community Health event
  • Members attended trainings on Composting Certification & Recycling Education and Outreach, both through NMRC
  • Member attended monthly meetings with SWA director to coordinate recycling efforts
  • Hosted America Recycles Day/NM Recycling Month event
  • Applied for Continental Divide Electric Company co-share grant for a building to store recycling event materials; applied for Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful grant to get recycling bins for school recycling project (grants not awarded)

 On-Going Projects

MCRC could not have accomplished these projects without the generous help of the community!

We’d like to thank the following individuals:

  • Nate & Heather Haveman, Gallup Journey, for their contribution toward recycling bins for the post office recycling project
  • Billy Moore, NWMNRSWA director, donation for America Recycles Day event
  • Elizabeth Barriga, Water Conservation Coordinator, extensive revisions to McKinley County Recycling brochure
  • Adrian Marrufo, City Solid Waste, for printing our brochures and for his support of our projects
  • Yogash Kumar, City Councilor, for his on-going support 

Have an idea for a project?  We’d love to hear from you!
Use the Contact page or email recyclegallup@gmail.com

Recyclegallup.org Celebrates its 1st Anniversary!!

After 4 years with a barely functioning website, MCRC is proud to celebrate  Recyclegallup.org!  The website and Recycling Circle newsletter, would not be nearly so professional looking, nor would its creator be nearly as sane were it not for the efforts of John Rogers.  John has generously devoted many hours to helping both MCRC and Gallup Solar with all sorts of tech issues. John has extensive knowledge of everything from search engine optimization to website development -and he’s a great teacher!  Check out his website:  WebSpeek.com

Leigh Tutterrow (MCRC), John Rogers & Be Sargent (Gallup Solar)

Leigh Tutterrow (MCRC), John Rogers & Be Sargent (Gallup Solar)




Red Rock Balloon Rally Photo
Courtesy of Bruce Schuurmann