The Southern Nevada Recycling Complex will Feature an Interactive Learning Center
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 6, 2014) – Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) announced today that its subsidiary Republic Silver State Disposal, Inc. has started construction on a new recycling facility that when complete will double residential recycling capacity in southern Nevada. The new 110,000 square foot facility will be home to highly advanced recycling technologies, and will be built next to an existing 88,000 square foot facility. The increased capacity is expected to make the Southern Nevada Recycling Complex the largest residential recycling complex in the nation.
“This is a special day 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.”
Construction at the Southern Nevada Recycling Complex is expected to create 80 new jobs between project partners Cambridge Construction, CP Group, and EV&A. The Complex is scheduled to begin operations in fall 2015, 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. We applaud Republic Services for making a sustainable investment in Southern Nevada’s future.”
The Southern Nevada Recycling Complex will 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 and customers, as well as an educational destination for sustainability-minded Las Vegas tourists.
Advanced recycling technologies at the new Complex will include a highly automated control system, touch-screen Human Machine Interface control, Supervisory Control, Data Acquisition monitoring, and remote access to continually monitor operations for optimal performance. The new system will also have five optical sorters to maximize the recovery of all grades of plastics, including PET, HDPE, and aseptic containers/cartons.
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 and construction & demolition recycling demands throughout southern Nevada.
Republic Services currently operates 62 recycling facilities nationwide, and partners with more than 100 mills and manufacturers worldwide to turn recycled items into new products. Those products include newspaper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, tissue, paper towels, and metal cans.
Republic Services employs more than 1,300 people in southern Nevada 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.
Republic Services also proudly serves many landmark institutions in the Las Vegas area, including the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Sands Corporation, MGM International, Wynn Group, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, McCarron Airport, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, IGT, Boyd Gaming, Station Casinos, Penta Building Group, Ocean Spray, Harsch Investments, Colliers International, Sonic, CDW, and Cox Communications.
About the Complex
The Southern Nevada Recycling Complex will serve more than 535,000 households throughout the area, including the cities of North Las Vegas, Las Vegas and Henderson, as well as Clark County. It is expected to accommodate future growth in the Valley, and increased commercial, industrial, and construction & demolition recycling demands throughout southern Nevada.
The Complex will include a new 110,000 square foot building built adjacent to an existing 88,000 square foot facility. It is scheduled to begin operations in fall 2015, and is expected to eventually employ 180 full-time people.
The Southern Nevada Recycling Complex will have the capability of processing more than 265,000 tons of mixed recyclables per year. This constitutes roughly 1,000 tons of mixed recyclables per day, or 70 tons per hour.
Finished bales of paper, plastic and metals can weigh an average of 1,300 pounds. Bales can be processed and shipped to domestic and international markets as commodities within 24 hours of arrival at the Complex.
The Complex will feature a highly automated control system, to include touch-screen Human Machine Interface control, Supervisory Control, Data Acquisition monitoring, and remote access to continually monitor operations for optimal performance. The new system will include five optical sorters, maximizing the recovery of all grades of plastics, including PET, HDPE, and aseptic containers/cartons. Fully automated storage and baling systems will eliminate double handling of finished commodities.
Other technologies include:
- The latest in 2D/3D separation screen technology;
- Eddy current for aluminum recovery;
- Advanced glass recovery operations; and
- Film recovery system.
Visitors will be offered a first-hand view of the recycling process in addition to educational videos, visual displays and information on recycling and sustainability. The learning center will be a first-of-its-kind, interactive resource for the community, as well as for visitors and sustainability-minded tourists from around the world.
- Cambridge Construction –Builder
- The CP Group –Recycling Equipment Manufacturer
- EV&A – Architect
- Aluminum: Recycling one ton of aluminum cans conserves 26 barrels of oil, or 1,665 gallons of gasoline. (Source – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
- Glass: Recycling one glass container saves enough energy to power a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. (Source – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
- Paper: Recycling one ton of paper saves enough energy to power the average American household for six months, or saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water. (Source – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
- Plastic: Recycling a ton of plastic bottles saves approximately 74 gallons of gas. And, the energy saved by recycling one plastic bottle will power a computer for 25 minutes. (Source- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
- How much do we recycle? In 2012, Americans recycled and composted 87 million tons of material, which is equivalent to removing 33 million automobiles from U.S. roadways. Roughly nine percent of U.S. plastic waste in 2012 was recovered for recycling. (Source- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
About Republic Services:
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. non-hazardous recycling and solid waste. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, transfer stations, recycling centers and landfills focus on providing reliable environmental services and solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers. Republic and its employees believe in protecting the planet and applying common sense solutions to customers’ waste and recycling challenges. For more information, visit the Republic website at republicservices.com.