Historically, Southern Nevada has lagged behind much of the nation when it comes to recycling rates. With the commencement of construction in November 2014 on what will be the country’s largest residential recycling complex, Republic Services aims to change that trend and put Las Vegas on the map with increased recycling rates.

Once complete, the Southern Nevada Recycling Complex will double residential recycling capacities in Southern Nevada. The new 110,000-square-foot facility will be home to highly advanced recycling technologies, located next to the existing 88,000-square-foot recycling facility.

“This is a historic time for the city of North Las Vegas, Clark County and customers throughout Southern Nevada,” said Tim Oudman, Area President of Republic Services. “It is fitting that a recycling complex of this magnitude is coming to Las Vegas. Southern Nevada is home to considerable natural beauty, and this community is deeply committed to sustainability. We are truly proud to invest in a recycling complex that will help preserve the local environment for future generations, and enable customers to meet or exceed their recycling goals.”

The construction project has created 80 new jobs between partners Cambridge Construction and the CP Group. The complex is scheduled to begin operations in the fall and is expected to eventually employ 180 full-time personnel.

“The city of North Las Vegas is proud to be the future home of the nation’s largest residential recycling complex,” said John J. Lee, mayor of North Las Vegas. “Our community will take tremendous pride in this complex and its contributions to the local economy. With expanded recycling capabilities, and a world-class learning center, our residents and businesses will have more resources than ever before, to increase overall recycling participation.”

The Southern Nevada Recycling Complex will also feature an interactive learning center that offers visitors a rare, first-hand view of the recycling process. It will include displays, videos and educational materials on recycling and sustainability. The learning center is intended to be a resource for the community, customers, schools and youth groups as well as an educational destination for sustainability-minded Las Vegas tourists.

The Southern Nevada Recycling Complex will have the capability to process roughly 1,000 tons of mixed recyclables per day or 70 tons per hour. It is expected to accommodate future growth in the Valley, and increased commercial, industrial, construction and demolition recycling demands throughout Southern Nevada.

Republic Services currently operates 62 recycling facilities nationwide, and partners with over 100 mills and manufacturers worldwide to turn recycled items into new products. Employing over 1,300 local Southern Nevadan’s who serve more than 535,000 households and 27,000 commercial customers, Republic Services serves many municipalities in the area, including the cities of North Las Vegas, Las Vegas and Henderson, as well as Clark County.

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