Did you know that only about 3% of Clark County residents recycle? It is
unfortunate that many people do not recycle, not because they don't want to,
but because they don't understand how to get started. We are lucky in our city
to have a recycling option that is both convenient and FREE--curbside! Here is
Republic Services is a garbage company that picks up curbside
recycling every other week. All that is required is to call their number (702-735-5151) and request the bins. The bins are usually dropped off in front of the house in a few days.
To find out what your pick up schedule is, call the above number. When the recording begins, press 3 for residential service and 3 again to speak with an associate about curbside recycling. Give the person your address and he/she will tell you which recycle calendar to follow. Then, visit www.republicservicesvegas.com, click on Services, Recycling Services, and then the link for the 2011 Residential recycling calendar. Print the calendar out and put in on your fridge to help you remember.
Recycling is simple. Follow these four basic guidelines:
• Red Basket: Aluminum cans, tin cans and plastic bottles. Empty all
cans and plastic bottles. Aluminum cans can be crushed and tin cans
should be rinsed out. Remove all lids from all plastic soda bottles and
milk jugs. Make sure your plastics are recyclable by looking for the
recycling symbols that have a 1 or 2 inside the triangle.
• White Basket: Newspapers, telephone books, and magazines. Please
remove all strings and rubber bands.
• Blue Basket: Glass bottles. Please rinse bottles. Remove caps. Do
not break glass. IMPORTANT: Keep all glass jars and bottles separate
from other recyclables. DO NOT include mirrors, plate glass,
chinaware or ceramics.
• Corrugated Cardboard: Flatten cardboard boxes and place them next
to the recycling baskets
If you live in an apartment complex, there are still recycling options.
Apartment complexes can obtain their own recycling bins (similar to a regular
garbage dumpster) if it is 1) requested by the apartment residences and 2) the
apartment complex management agrees to add it to the property. If your
complex does not offer this service, talk to other residents and bombard the
management with requests! They might approve of the new bin. If not, you
can take your bags of recyclable material directly to the Republic Services
Henderson location at 560 Cape Horn Drive, North Las Vegas Recycle Center location at 333 West Gowan Road, or to you can take recyclables to Whole Foods.