Now Hiring Drivers

You will be working for a small business, a neighborhood store, not an app. Some of our employees have been with us for five or more years. Our drivers make about $15 to $18 an hour.
You will need a reliable vehicle for this job.

Please call 505-366-6463 with any questions. 

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During these trying times, it is important to
practice kindness every chance you get!

Two Large Two-Topping Pizzas - $25.99

Get Two large two-topping pizzas for only $25.99.
Takeout or Delivery Available.

One Large 3-Topping Pizza and a Large Salad – $21.99

Get One Large 3-Topping Pizza and a Large Salad for only $21.99
Takeout or Delivery Available.

We are a proud, and locally owned and operated pizza business.
We serve our local community by keeping a few dedicated, long term employees on the payroll, even during these challenging times.

 

Our employees are like rare gems and they work very hard to bring you
the very best pizza, using the freshest ingredients.
Thank you for being part of this journey.

Notice:

 

In the interests of the health and safety of our customers,
we are only open for drive-thru pickup and for delivery.
Thank you for your understanding.
We sincerely appreciate your support and business.

Welcome to Rio Grande Pizza

~ Locally Owned and Operated. ~

Since 2014, (formerly Pizza 9) we’ve found that the best people to help build a local business are the locals. Your neighbors, friends, family, veterans, and teachers; these are the owners that have helped us make Rio Grande Pizza great! We all share one common goal, to deliver you the best quality food with even better service. We love the Albuquerque area and are proud to be a part of the community.

~~~ SPECIALS ~~~

Please Recycle Your Pizza Boxes

~ Do The Right Thing. ~

Recycle Used Pizza Boxes
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Can You Recycle Pizza Boxes?

July 20, 2020

THE SHORT ANSWER IS YES, THE WHOLE PIZZA BOX.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, has released industry guidance that aims to clear up consumer confusion regarding the recyclability of pizza boxes. The guidance resulted from a study conducted by WestRock, a corrugated packaging company based in Atlanta.

Pizza box contamination doesn’t impede recyclability, association says

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, has released industry guidance that aims to clear up consumer confusion regarding the recyclability of pizza boxes. The guidance resulted from a study conducted by WestRock, a corrugated packaging company based in Atlanta.

According to WestRock’s study, 3 billion pizza boxes are placed on the market in the U.S. annually and are available to be recycled, equating to 600,000 tons of corrugated board. Pizza boxes represent 1.7 percent of the 35.9 million tons of all corrugated containerboard produced in the U.S. annually. If all pizza boxes were recovered for recycling, they would represent about 2.6 percent of the old corrugated containers (OCC) stream, or 2.2 percent of the OCC and mixed paper stream combined, WestRock states.

To evaluate the average grease level in pizza boxes received by recycling facilities, several WestRock single-stream material recovery facilities (MRFs) pulled pizza boxes out of their incoming streams and took pictures of their interiors.

WestRock reports that the general conclusion of the study was that the strength loss of the resulting product made with a recovered fiber that incorporates postconsumer pizza boxes should be minimal at typical levels of grease expected to be received in a recycling facility and when included in the recovered fiber at expected levels of less than 3 percent furnish.

“The addition of small amounts of cheese will not impact the fiber bonding in a negative way,” the study concludes. “It is expected that the larger chunks of cheese will be screened out of the process. Therefore, there is no significant technical reason to prohibit postconsumer pizza boxes from the recycle stream.”

 

How Many Pizza's Are Sold in the US?

over 3 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. every year. Which means we’re throwing out a lot of pizza boxes! According to the USDA more than 1 in 4 males, ages 6-19 years, consume pizza on any given day. And in places where there’s a high percentage of young people like University campuses, pizza boxes can be a large contributor to waste.

 

How Many People Recycle Pizza Boxes?

We surveyed 1,400 people. Three out of four say they recycle their pizza boxes. (Read more here.) Of the residents who say they don’t recycle pizza boxes, nearly half cited grease to be the deterrent. A new study confirms that grease and residual cheese do not matter. Check out the grease study here

Rio Grande Pizza encourages customers to recycle pizza boxes. Remove any leftover pizza or bread crumbs and use the blue trash carts to recycle your pizza boxes.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released new industry guidance that found the presence of grease and cheese at levels typically found on pizza boxes does not impact manufacturing in a negative way. For more information about the recyclability of pizza boxes, including AF&PA’s Pizza Box Recycling Statement, visit PaperRecycles.org. For more information about WestRock’s study on the impact of grease on recycling post-consumer pizza boxes, visit: https://www.westrock.com/greasecheesestudy.