In the past, recycling data was collected through a series of forms. In 2020, Nevada moved to electronic data collection through Re-TRAC Connect. Businesses that recycle will now upload their data directly online instead of sending forms to counties. To submit your data electronically, you will need to create a Re-TRAC account and have it approved by the NDEP Program Contact prior to entering data, so please plan accordingly.
The regulations have established two reporting deadlines. February 15 is the deadline for recyclers to submit their annual reports to their municipality through their Re-TRAC account and April 1 is the deadline for the municipality to verify the data submitted via Re-TRAC.
If you have any questions regarding Re-TRAC, have questions about reporting, or would like to further your business’s recycling program, please contact Kayla Alm, Sustainable Materials Management Coordinator at 775-687-9467 or kalm [at] ndep.nv.gov.
How is the data submitted?
NDEP is now able to provide an electronic method for reporting. Recyclers must first create a Re-TRAC ConnectTM account and wait for approval from the NDEP Program Contact before their account can accept the recycling data.
Re-TRAC Registration Guide
What counts as recyclable?
Recyclable materials that should be included are identified in Re-TRAC and have not changed from the previous year. Re-TRAC also includes blank lines for acceptable materials not otherwise listed. Do not include hazardous wastes, such as solvents, etc.; non-hazardous industrial wastes, such as fly ash from an electrical generation station; mining wastes; treated contaminants, such as remediated soil; and/or agricultural wastes.
Re-TRAC Reporting Guide
Where does the information come from?
NDEP will analyze the uploaded data from the handlers of recyclable materials and disposal facility operators and complete the Recycling and Waste Diversion Municipal Report.
A list of possible survey respondents includes, but is not limited to: municipal or county department of public works or health department, all contracted and independent recyclers (curbside collectors, buy back centers, drop-off boxes and centers, charity groups, scrap metal collectors, brokers, haulers and transporters, yard waste composting facilities, processors, and tire re-treaders), large commercial enterprises (grocery stores, department stores, banks, etc.), volunteer and non-profit groups, government offices, schools and hospitals.
How is it verified?
The amount of material collected for recycling must be verified. Verification will be done by county and state officials. This can be completed in a phone interview or electronically. Reported quantities should be accurate and reasonable. Remember, all recyclable materials reported must have been generated within your county and not imported from outside the county.
Is my business information confidential?
The information/data businesses provide through Re-TRAC will remain confidential and proprietary. Data relating to the business which is capable of being confidential must be kept confidential and not divulged to any third party, except information which is in the public domain, and must be consented to by the business. Only aggregate data will be made public.
With the passage of AB353 in the 80th Legislative Session, state agencies now have a financial incentive to expand their sustainability efforts and must report the amount of material that they recycle. Additionally, state agencies now have the ability to reinvest revenue generated from recycling into future sustainability efforts, such as the purchase of recycling containers, signage, or even toward costs associated with the collection and transportation of recycled goods. This is a significant change from previous policy, which required all recycling revenue to return to the general fund.
Per AB353, each state agency must report the amount of materials recycled by July 1st of each year, even if no recycling occurred. If your state agency is required to report, please log onto https://connect.re-trac.com/registration/nevada-state-program to create an account to report your recycled materials. If you have any questions regarding AB353, have questions about reporting, or would like to further your agency’s recycling program, please contact Kayla Alm, Sustainable Materials Management Coordinator at 775-687-9467 or kalm [at] ndep.nv.gov.
Instructions for registering for an account in Re-Trac
What is AB353, and does my agency apply?
AB353 was passed in the 80th session of the Nevada Legislature. This bill allows state agencies to retain revenue generated from recycling, and also requires executive department state agencies to report their annual recycling tonnages.
How will this data be used?
The recycling data collected from state agencies will be provided to the state legislature as part of the Legislative Council Bureau Recycling Report that is developed each January before the session begins. The data received will also be used to further recycling programs throughout the state.
How do I report my data if my building only offers single stream recycling?
If your building participates in single stream recycling, you must still submit a data report. Once you access the survey, answer “yes” to the question “Do you have recycling tonnage to report?”. The category for single stream recycling is under “Other Recycled MSW”. Use this calculator to estimate your buildings annual tonnage.
I have the weight of my materials in pounds, not tons as listed on the Re-TRAC survey. How do I report my data?
Take the number of pounds and divide by 2,000 to report the tonnage.
My department has multiple buildings/facilities/locations. Do I report the combined data for all locations or separate the data by location?
We want this reporting requirement to be complimentary to how you currently track your recycling data. If you currently combine all of your recycling and MSW data into one spreadsheet, please report all of your locations data at once. If you track your locations individually and would like to report each location separately, you have the ability to create numerous facilities within your Re-TRAC account.
What time period do I submit recycling data for?
Please submit your recycling data beginning from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.
If I have any other questions, who can I contact?