Albuquerque Finds Plastic an Excellent Material for Historical Markers

By Clare Goldsberry

While in Albuquerque for the Spring 2019 PPA meeting, a local TV news segment focused on the problem of people stealing the large, brass historical markers around the city and selling them for cash at recycling facilities. At a cost of about $1,000 per market, the city can no longer afford to replace these markers with brass so they’ve chosen what the TV reporter called “high-density plastics.”

In spite of the fact that the city has just banned plastic retail bags, and modified a proposed ban on straws and single-use takeout food containers, Albuquerque has found the perfect answer to the theft of its brass historical markers. I guess plastic is fantastic after all!

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