BackgroundLas Vegas recycling

Sin City is looking to add another sin to its ever-expanding list: sending trash to the landfill. One may not think of Las Vegas (pop. 596,424) as a city with conservation on its agenda. Quite the contrary, in fact: Vegas is known as a city of excess; a place where gluttony reigns supreme. But Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, is trying to change that reputation. In 2010, the county recycling rate sat at 17.9%. But recycling rates are up statewide (Clark County’s 2009 rate was 17.4%), and 2011 numbers (when available) will indicate that increase. Currently, single-family homes in Clark County can sign up for curbside recycling through Republic Services. Apartments, condos and other multifamily dwellings around the county may offer service through another provider, or tenants may need to utilize the county’s extensive drop-off location database, provided by the Southern Nevada Health District.

Materials recycled

Republic Services’ recycling service in Clark County utilizes red, white and blue recycling bins. Select neighborhoods enjoy single-stream service using one large bin. To claim a bin for pick-up service, call 702.599.5522.
Red bins
  • Aluminum cans
  • Tin cans
  • PET (#1) plastic containers and bottles
  • HDPE (#2) plastic containers and bottles
White bins
  • Newspapers
  • Phone books
  • Magazines
Blue bins
  • Glass containers and bottles
Single-stream bins
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Paperboard
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Junk mail
  • Office paper
  • Phone books
  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Plastics #1 and #2 bottles and containers
  • Brown paper bags
  • Newspaper
  • Glass containers and bottles
*NOTE: Flattened cardboard may be left beside bins on collection day.


Curbside pick-up occurs every other week on regular trash pick-up day according to the neighborhood schedule. Residents can check with Republic Services to verify pick-up dates.

Other programs

A medicine disposal program has been set up with locations at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Substations. Information on drop-off locations for various recyclables throughout Clark County can be found here.

More information

Visit the City of Las Vegas Solid Waste & Recycling website for more recycling program info. details many programs in the surrounding areas.