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Nevada recycling rate exceeds goals

CARSON CITY — The recycling rate in Nevada reached a record 28.8 percent in 2012 in the six counties required by law to track that information, the state Division of Environmental Protection reported Wednesday.

A 1991 state law set a recycling goal of at least 25 percent for municipal solid waste in counties of more than 45,000 people.

The state first reached that goal in 2011 and then climbed slightly again last year to the new record rate. Metals, paper, glass, plastics and organic materials are among the items that are recycled.

Clark County’s recycling rate was 27.5 percent in 2012. As recently as 2009, the countywide recycle rate was 17.4 percent.

Jo Ann Kittrell, a spokeswoman for the division, attributed the increase to the increased availability of curbside recycling in Henderson and North Las Vegas. Clark and Washoe counties are required to provide residential curbside recycling. Carson City and Elko also offer this service, although it’s not required in those smaller communities.

In hopes of increasing the recycling rate more, the agency’s Nevada Recycles Program has developed an online map to inform residents of recycling locations, materials that can be recycled and businesses that accept items.

Find the locations at nevadarecycles.gov, or call the recycling hotline at 1-800-597-5868.

“So many people want to recycle, but don’t know where to bring particular recyclables,” said Nicole Goehring, the Northern Nevada recycling coordinator. “Whether it is a Christmas tree or computer, appliance or antifreeze, the map specifies where to take it for recycling.”

Douglas County, at 54 percent, has the highest recycling rate in the state by far. Nevada Recycles attributes that to the Northern Nevada county’s biofuel and composting businesses that collect organic wastes from businesses, supermarkets and residents.

One business, Bently Biofuels, collects used cooking oils from restaurants. Their fuel is available for motor vehicles at a Minden station, along with several stations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at evogel@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3901.

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