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April 17, 2014

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Nevada recycling rate reaches record high of 28.8 percent

CARSON CITY — Nevada hit a record solid waste recycling rate of 28.8 percent last year, the state Division of Environmental Protection reported.

The 1991 Legislature set a goal of a 25 percent recycling rate, but Nevada didn’t achieve that until 2011. Rates are calculated using the tonnage of recycled materials collected in four counties.

For 2012, the recycling rate was 27.5 percent in Clark County, 33.6 percent in Washoe County, 54.5 percent in Douglas County and 24.9 percent in Carson City.

Although Clark County fell below the state average, programs in Henderson and North Las Vegas that allow homeowners and businesses to put their recyclables in a single container have pushed the rate up, said Jo Ann Kitrell of the Division of Environmental Protection.

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