A model Republic Services refuse truck greets visitors as they enter the facility’s learning center.
Before switching over to a residential cart, single stream recycling system, Las Vegas residents used to separate their recyclables using these three bins.
A group of WasteExpo International Business Center attendees tour the Republic Services of Southern Nevada learning center.
Republic Services of Southern Nevada Community Relations Manager Jeremy Walters details the company’s 110,000-square-foot recycling facility from inside the facility’s learning center.
Aluminum cans, paper, glass and plastic bottles are many of the items that are processed at the Las Vegas-based facility.
Interactive exhibits in the learning center explain that the facility was built to be a model of sustainability. It is composed of recycled steel and includes LED light fixtures, energy-efficient motors throughout the system and a solar array of 1,776 solar panels.
When materials are trucked into the recycling facility, they are unloaded at the site's tipping floor before being processed.
WasteExpo International Business Center attendees snap photos of the facility’s optical sorters, scalping screens and other equipment during a May 9 tour of the recycling center.
The recycling center houses MSS FiberMax optical sorters to deliver cleaner, quality material for end market use.
A sorter picks through Nos. 1, 2 and 5 plastics at the facility.
Hand pickers work alongside sorting equipment at the facility to ensure clean and quality materials are sent to end markets.
Balers at the facility create baled material that goes through several quality control steps before it is hauled off for end market use.
Attendees got an up-close look at a piece of scalping equipment that sorts materials at the facility.
Baled material goes through several quality control steps before it is hauled off for end market use.
Quality control employees analyze bales and look for contaminants to ensure material quality.