YDSP Recycling Program
Nationally, Americans generated 4.6 pounds of garbage per day per person in 2010. In order to assist the nation and our own community the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Environmental & Natural Resources Department continues our recycling efforts to help reduce this number and sustain ourselves and the Pueblo community as a whole. About 80 percent of what Americans throw away is recyclable. If we recycled all of the newspapers printed in the U.S. on a typical Sunday, we would save 550,000 trees or about 26 million trees per year.
Currently the Pueblo has a small recycling program with mixed use (plastic, paper and aluminum) bins at 8 governmental offices. We also have a drop-off location within the P'a Kitu (Pumpkin Village) reservation. The bin within P'a Kitu has the capability to receive three waste streams; plastic, paper and aluminum. Participation at governmental offices has been fantastic and we are looking at improving our program by providing one-stream bins to governmental offices for a more streamlined recycling program that allows us to measure our recycling rates more accurately.
The Environmental & Natural Resources Department, in the future, would like to establish a recycling program for Tribal businesses located on the reservation. The EMO is currently developing presentations and reports to present to Tribal Council to represent the benefits and importance of recycling and establish buy-in for the program and to encourage participation of Tribal Businesses in our sustainability efforts. The ultimate goal of the Pueblo’s recycling program is to be at the 33 percent recycling rate, recommended minimum rate by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for the entire Pueblo.
We encourage residents of the reservation in Iye Kitu (Corn Village) and throughout the city of El Paso to use your blue bins that are provided to you by your Solid Waste providers. You pay for this service so it is a good idea to utilize it. These are mixed use bins that can receive paper, plastic, cardboard, and aluminum. Some easy ways to start recycling is to make sure your junk mail, newspapers and soda cans go into the blue bin. Other items that can be recycled are yogurt cups (rinsed out) aluminum foil (that does not contain food grease), sport drink and water bottles, birthday cards, magazines, and catalogs. All of these items can be recycled at the District II recycling drop-off location as well. Currently the City of El Paso ranks 19th in recycling nationally.
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo will get a boost to their recycling efforts this summer thanks to a significant grant made possible by The Coca-Cola Foundation. Ysleta del Sur Pueblo will receive a total of 5 recycling bins designed specifically for placement at Ysleta Mission and Tuh-la Ceremonial Grounds.
"Through our partnership with Keep America Beautiful, the Coca-Cola Bin Grant Program supports local community recycling efforts across the United States," said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President of Community Relations for Coca-Cola Refreshments. “We are pleased that these bins being placed within the Ysleta Mission courtyard and Tuh-la ceremonial grounds during feast day activities and will provide additional opportunities for people to recycle.”
Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on a number of criteria including level of need, recycling experience and the ability of applicants to sustain their program in the future.
Please call (915) 859-7913 with any recycling questions.
We look forward to serving you!