August 19, 2019

Growing Recycling Businesses In New Mexico

The Angel Fire Sustainability Committee in partnership with The New Mexico Recycling Coalition presents Growing Recycling Businesses in New Mexico.

When: Tuesday, November 10 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Where: Village of Angel Fire Village Hall at 3388 Mountain View Blvd, Angel Fire, NM

In 2010 alone, New Mexicans spent $51 million dollars to bury $168 million worth of recyclable items! Can you help to change that?

An intrigued entrepreneur could start planning today. A local business owner could expand recycling services. Communities can work together to reduce the amount of material entering NM landfills and create jobs for people in Angel Fire.

English Bird from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) and Terry McDermott, Community Economic Development Coordinator for USDA Rural Development, will present opportunities to grow recycling businesses in Angel Fire.

Ms. Bird will discuss the “Growing Recycling Businesses in New Mexico” project and share a dozen ways that communities can spur economic development through recycling and reuse. Mr. McDermott will discuss USDA programs that can help support local entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. The presentation is free and open to existing and potential entrepreneurs, business leaders and economic development partners who are ready for inspiration.

This project is funded through a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant. The material is the result of tax-supported research and as such is not copyrightable. It may be freely reprinted with the customary crediting of the source. This institution (NMRC) is an equal opportunity provider.

For more information please call 214-437-1362.

Angel Fire Sustainability Committee Meeting

The Angel Fire Sustainability Committee would like to invite you to attend their meeting. Steve Fuhlendorf of Kit Carson Electric Co-op and Bob Lagasse, Angel Fire resident, will be discussing Angel Fire Solar Electric Projects.

When: Thursday March 27, 2014 at 9:00 am

Where: Village Hall

Village of Angel Fire
3388 Mountain View Blvd
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Angel Fire Sustainability Committee Says “We Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

This week’s featured “I Know Jo” business of the week is Angel Fire Sustainability Committee.

Recycling is and has been a part of my life style for as long as I can remember. I carried my own cloth bags into stores way before it was the norm. Ask my sister, she’ll tell you that I hyperventilate if I have to use a plastic bag at a store! I have also always had separation containers in my home for plastics, glass, cardboard, and cans. So when I was asked to be a part of the Sustainability Committee of Angel Fire, it seemed like a great fit!

The committee is comprised of the following volunteer members, most of whom are pictured above:

  • Rick Sprott, Chairman plus Planning, Funding, and Hub Relations
  • Tara Chisum, Vice Chair plus Education and Outreach Programs
  • Cindy Sprott, Secretary plus Committee Administration and Outreach
  • Scott Jones, Grants and Web Master
  • Guy Wood, Media Outreach
  • Jerry Halpern, Residential Education and Outreach
  • Jo Mixon, Business Education and Outreach, Chamber of Commerce Liaison
  • Carol Rupp, Business Education and Outreach, Arts

Andrew Gonzales, Moreno Valley High School Student Programs with Ben Liddle as acting member while Andrew is in Argentina as an exchange student

Non-voting members include Christy Germscheid, Village Council Liaison, and Scott Gibson, Village Recycling Center Supervisor.

This group is energetic and has accomplished a great deal. Rick shared with me that in June 2009, the Village Council established the Recycling Committee, then later expanded its charter and renamed it the Sustainability Committee. From the beginning, the committee has worked hand-in-glove with the Solid Waste Department, which had already established an impressive recycling program and was considered the state model for rural recycling programs.

Since the Committee began its work, the Village recycling rate has increased from 5% in 2009 to 9% in 2011, and landfill waste dropped 14% from 2010 to 2011 alone. The vision in the Committee’s Strategic plan is for Angel Fire to be the premier rural recycling program in the nation. The Solid Waste Department has also made recycling and waste reduction good business by selling recyclable materials and eliminating the cost of paying to transport and landfill solid waste. In 2011, the Village realized $53,625 in revenue and savings from recyclable sales and reduced waste to our landfill. The results are even more important in these difficult financial times, so the committee’s work to reduce waste and increase recycling has monetary rewards as well as environmental ones.

The Sustainability Committee focuses on education and outreach, grant writing, and coordination with other communities to build on the Department’s program. It has had several major accomplishments since its inception. Grants have been awarded for a glass crusher, a collection trailer and bins for collection at local businesses and homes; and a central location for recyclable materials as well as trash disposal has been established. It has moved towards Angel Fire becoming a hub system by working to involve regional cooperation and collaboration with Red River, Cimarron, Eagle Nest, Raton, Taos, and Philmont Scout Camp (with an equal partner focus). To me that’s pretty impressive.

So as Rick Sprott, Chairman of the committee says, “Reducing waste and increasing recycling just makes sense.” I totally agree! Please join the efforts!

Green Drinks

Green Drinks is an informal and lively opportunity to tap into local sustainability practices. It is a time to wind down after work, hear an enriching but brief presentation and take away practical tools that can easily be implemented in your business or home throughout the following month.

When: Monday, November 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm
Where: Zebadiah’s Restaurant & Bar
Who: Anyone with questions or interests in all things sustainable make great Green Drinkers and Green Thinkers. So join us for a casual green chat and a brew (bring some friends too!).

Focus: We will discuss the upcoming America Recycles Day and National Recycle Month. There will also be prizes for those bringing in the most creative “re-purposed” items and for those who completed their tracking of waste.


Call Tara Chisum at 505-603-6305 or email

Please walk, bike or carpool.

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