PHOENIX, July 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) is pleased to announce that the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has named Republic's Southern Nevada Recycling Center winner of the Gold Excellence Award in the Recycling Systems category. The award will be presented at SWANA's annual conference, WASTECON®, on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in Indianapolis, Ind.
"We are honored by this recognition," said Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability at Republic Services. "A recycling center of this magnitude is a major undertaking, and it could not have happened without the support of many local leaders and community partners. Together, we are enabling customers throughout Southern Nevada to achieve their sustainability goals for generations to come."
The Southern Nevada Recycling Center is the largest and smartest residential recycling center in North America. It is capable of processing two million pounds of recyclable material per day, or 70 tons per hour, and is expected to double recycling capacity in the area. It uses several advanced recycling technologies, including five optical sorters which use 2D and 3D technologies to make material separation decisions in milliseconds.
The facility is also home to a Learning Center that features sustainability oriented educational displays and community videos, as well as a live video stream of recycling operations. The Learning Center serves as an important community resource, helping to educate visitors of all ages on ways to become better recyclers, including the significance of ensuring recyclables are empty, clean and dry. To learn more about the Southern Nevada Recycling Center, go to: http://vegasrecyclingcenter.com/.
"The recipients of the SWANA Excellence Awards represent the best solid waste management practices in North America today," says David Biderman, SWANA executive director and chief executive officer. "Community leaders should be very proud of the valuable contributions that these projects provide to their citizens," he added.
SWANA's Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management practices. Since 2014, Republic has won two out of four SWANA Gold Awards for excellence in Recycling Systems.
Known as the Blue PlanetTM sustainability initiative, Republic is defining its approach to corporate social responsibility through reduced emissions from operations, materials management, safety, community engagement, and employee growth opportunities. Republic collects and processes approximately 5 million tons of recyclables per year at 67 recycling centers nationwide. To view Republic's Sustainability Report, go to https://www.republicservices.com/our-company/environmental-responsibility.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste. Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make proper waste disposal effortless for their 14 million customers. We'll handle it from here.TM, the brand's promise, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue PlanetTM for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world.
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