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Republic Services Inc., based in Phoenix, has announced that its subsidiary, Republic Silver State Disposal Inc., Las Vegas, has begun construction on a new recycling facility that will double residential recycling capacity in southern Nevada. The new 110,000-square-foot facility will be home to highly advanced recycling technologies, the company claims, 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, Republic Services says.

“This is a special day for the city of North Las Vegas, Clark County and customers throughout southern Nevada,” says 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, Republic Services says. 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,” says North Las Vegas Mayor John J. Lee. "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.”

He adds, “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 firsthand view of the recycling process, according to Republic Services. It will include displays, videos and educational materials on recycling and sustainability.

Advanced recycling technologies at the new complex will include a highly automated control system, touch-screen human machine interface (HMI) control, supervisory control data acquisition (SCADA) monitoring and remote access that enables continuous monitoring operations for optimal performance, Republic Services says. The new system also will have five optical sorters to maximize the recovery of all grades of plastics, including PET (polyethylene terephthalate), HDPE (high-density polyethylene) and aseptic containers/cartons.
The Southern Nevada Recycling Complex will be able to process approximately 1,000 tons of mixed recyclables per day, or 70 tons per hour, the company says, and will accommodate future growth in residential recycling as well as increased commercial, industrial and construction and 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.

Republic Services employs more than 1,300 people in southern Nevada who serve more than 535,000 households and 27,000 commercial customers, including the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Sands Corp., 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. Republic Services also serves many municipalities in the area, including the cities of North Las Vegas, Las Vegas and Henderson, as well as Clark County.