The State of Nevada provides various resources, such as state recycling rates from county information and a biennial recycling report to the Legislative Counsel Bureau.
Recycling rates are calculated with data provided annually by recycling centers and waste haulers to their respective counties, who then compile that data into reports that are submitted to NDEP. The “recycling rate” is the ratio of recycled municipal solid waste (MSW) to total MSW generated, which is comprised of recyclables, household waste, and commercially-generated waste. Solid waste imported from other states is counted separately and is not part of the rate calculation.
Under NRS 444A.110, NDEP has the authority to provide grants to municipalities, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations to enhance solid waste management systems and promote solid waste recycling. In January 2018, NDEP was able to fund new grants for the first time since 2006. Six proposals were received, four of which were ultimately selected for funding, including projects in Minden, Lovelock, Ely, and Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. A second grant announcement was made in August 2018. Fourteen proposals were received, and six grants were awarded in November 2018, with projects in Ely, Carson City, Henderson, Pyramid Lake, Incline Village, and Yerington. Many agencies do not have the initial funding to start a recycling program or project, making the grant program particularly important. Without this program, many rural communities would not have an opportunity to begin a recycling program. NDEP hopes to grow the grant program and increase the amount of money available and to develop partnerships to leverage the dollars.
NDEP operates a toll-free Recycling Hotline: 1 (800) 597-5865 to provide information on local recycling services by county for common materials — like paint, fluorescent light tubes, and batteries — and more unusual recyclable items — like electronics, refrigerators, cars, and lawn and garden equipment.
KTMB -- Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful maintains a comprehensive guide to recycling in Washoe County on their website.
Bye Bye Mattress -- The Mattress Council provides mattress recycling in three states. Although Nevada does not currently have a program, there are sites in California that will accept mattresses for a fee.
PaintCare -- PaintCare, Inc. is a non-profit product stewardship organization created by the American Coatings Association. In states that pass paint stewardship laws PaintCare establishes drop-off locations where the public can dispose of leftover paint for recycling, re-use, or other appropriate management.
Earth 911 -- Earth 911 helps people find their own shade of green in adopting environmentally sustainable behaviors.
Recycle Bank -- Recyclebank partners with cities and brands to reward residents for helping to make their communities cleaner, greener places.