Recycling plant catches fire in ABQ, billowing smoke ‘unhealthy for everyone’

On Sunday afternoon, officials announced they were battling the blazes of a fire at a plastic recycling facility in Albuquerque south of the International Sunport.

Albuquerque Fire Rescue warned in a statement posted at 4:03 p.m., “AFR and Bernalillo County [are] working a multi-alarm, multi-jurisdictional fire. Structures, product and vehicles are involved. Fire is not under control. Stay clear of the area of Bobby Foster and south University”

A health alert expiring Monday morning was sent out for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County residents late Sunday evening due to “smoke [that] contains hazardous air pollutants,” and expires Monday morning.

“The fire is at a facility that stores plastics. Please avoid the area. For respiratory health, stay inside [and] keep windows and doors closed. If needed for comfort, use air conditioners on recycle/recirculation mode,” wrote the City of Albuquerque’s Environmental Health arm. 

The alert made clear, “This smoke is unhealthy for everyone, and people should limit outdoor activity tonight in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.”

“Matt DeMaria, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said the forecast called for westerly winds to carry the smoke east over the city Sunday evening. He said overnight the winds were expected to blow the smoke into the South Valley, and temperature inversion could make for more unhealthy conditions tomorrow morning,” reported the Albuquerque Journal.

“All (the toxic pollutants) could be trapped lower in the atmosphere, which could potentially pose a health risk,” DeMaria said.


8 thoughts on “Recycling plant catches fire in ABQ, billowing smoke ‘unhealthy for everyone’”

  1. MLG and the Dem mayor are MIA because they’re embarrassed. The optics of a plastic recycling plant causing so much pollution aren’t good for these 2 “greenies.”

  2. “Greenies” MLG and the mayor of Albuquerque don’t want to be seen near this environmental disaster; the optics of a plastic recycling center causing such a health hazard just aren’t good.

  3. Not sure it’s a recycling center, it looks like a place for construction materials, I think it’s for electrical wiring. Not sure the news is telling us the truth about the building. Trying to kill more construction jobs in the state… just speculation. Mayor Keller doesn’t care about ABQ South of Sunport.

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