The Las Vegas City Council approved a modified contract with Simple Environmental Services Group to implement recycling programs at 88 city facilities at today’s City Council meeting. The city has already begun deploying is recycling barrels to city parks as part of the agreement that is projected to improve the city’s sustainability and continue to lower costs.
The goal is to reduce the city’s waste management expenses by $322,000 annually or 40 percent of the city’s total waste management bill. By implementing this program at city parks, community centers, fire stations, City Hall and other buildings the city is looking to increase its recycling rate to 50 percent.
The recycling barrels in city parks have already proven to be very popular. The barrels are blue and are being placed near trash barrels at parks. Visitors to parks are able to put plastic bottles, paper, cans, plastics, newspaper and cardboard in the barrels, while depositing food and other waste items in the trash bins.
A total of 110 recycling barrels are being distributed throughout the city to parks. Among the parks that already have the bins in place are Centennial Hills, Gary Reese Freedom, Doc Romeo, Majestic and Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.
At today’s council meeting a contract for $75,000 was approved between the city and Simple Environmental Services Group for the implementation of the recycling program.