Albuquerque's Solid Waste Management Department said not recycling could cost the city thousands.
The city has an agreement with a local recycler to bring in 3,200 tons of paper, plastic, and cardboard a month. When the city falls short, it has to pay out a shortage fee.
That's why officials launched its "Two More Pounds" campaign in May, asking residents to recycle two more pounds each week.
So far there has been mixed results.