recycling binExplore the different ways to effectively recycle in Southern Nevada. Waste prevention saves resources and money. Begin by examining the waste you generate and where it comes from.   Then look for ways to improve efficiency and eliminate waste. The ideas below can help you get started.

Writing/Printing Paper

Make double-sided copies whenever possible. Reuse envelopes and use two-way envelopes. Route or circulate memos, periodicals and reports, rather than distributing individual copies. Use voice or electronic mail or post memos on a central bulletin board. Make scratch pads from used paper. Use outdated letterhead for company memos. Eliminate unnecessary forms. Double-side forms or redesigns them to fit on a half sheet. Use narrow-ruled notebooks. Save documents on floppy disks instead of printing hard copies. Use central files for hard copies. Print more words on each page (e.g., smaller font, narrow margins). Proof documents on screen before printing. Print drafts on paper already printed on one side. Use same draft of report for corrections by several people. Donate old magazines or journals to hospitals, clinics, or libraries. Keep mailing lists current/one copy per address. Call or mail postcards directly to senders asking that your name be removed from mailing lists. Reduce advertising mail by writing to: Direct Marketing Association, Mail Preference Service, DMA, P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008. Ask to be removed from mailing lists.

Landscaping/Organics

Use a mulching mower or retrofit your mower to leave grass clippings on the lawn (grasscycling). Compost grass clippings and leaves or ask your landscaper to send trimmings to a composting facility (check with recycling coordinator about any composting requirements). Use compost as a topsoil amendment or request that your landscaper use it. Choose a landscape design that needs low maintenance and generates little waste (e.g., perennials, slow  growing shrubs). Buy a chipper and turn tree and shrub clippings into mulch.

Food/Personal

Use durable towels, tablecloths, napkins, dishes, flatware, cups and glasses. Bring your own mugs and utensils to work. Ask food vendor to offer discounts on beverages served in a  customers own mug. Buy company mugs; use mugs at home; stop providing disposable cups. Encourage customers to take home extra food. Offer smaller portions (e.g., child’s menu). Provide condiments in bulk dispensers. Arrange for food bank pick-up of unserved food. Call Food Chain 800 845-3008. Buy reusable coffee filters or unbleached disposable filters. Reuse trash can liners or eliminate where possible. Consider using cloth roll towels, hot air dryers, large paper rolls in restrooms, or buy lighter/smaller-sized       paper towels.   Recycling Facts: Every year Americans throw away almost 5 pounds of trash per person/per day. Each year Americans recycle only 33 percent of trash they throw away. More than 85 million tons of trash was recycled or composted last year. There are more than 1,700 landfills in the U.S. There were almost 8,000 landfills in the U.S. twenty years ago. More than 60 percent of steel/aluminum cans are recycled each year. Evergreen Recycling diverts 140,000 tons of materials annually from landfills. Evergreen Recycling collects and procesesses 450 tons of material per day.