Republic Services will begin
rolling out phase III of the Enhanced Recycling Program to add an additional
25,000 homes to the program starting in October. The roll out will take
approximately a month to complete, in which homes will receive two new bins
for recycling and trash. Residents who are included in Phase III will
receive a welcome letter from Republic Services containing the day of the
week (for example: Monday) their new trash and recycling will be picked-up
and the exact date (for example: October 15) when their pick-up will begin.
The map below will show when your new service day will be for trash and
recycle pickup. For more information read our
Enhanced Recycling Program Brochure, view the most recent
Henderson Transfer Station Enhanced Recycling Map, or find your address
with our new
Enhanced Recycling Interactive Map online.
Benefits of Enhanced Recycling
To help achieve our strategic goal of becoming a sustainability community, the Mayor and City Council asked the Citizens' Advisory Committee to study the issue of recycling. Listed below are a few of the benefits they identified when evaluating the Enhanced Recycling Program:
The new trash and recycling carts are sturdy and have double-locking lids that protect trash and prevent material from spilling or blowing down the street. With every home receiving new recycling and trash carts, there will no longer be trash bags piled along the street. Placing trash bags on the street or sidewalk is not only against code, but it does not protect the trash from wind, scavengers or animals that can tear into the plastic bags.
Easy & Convenient
All recyclable material goes into one single wheeled cart and is picked-up once a week. The ease of use and increased weekly pick-up are key reasons for a 58% increase in the volume of recycled material collected during the pilot program. Residents have their choice of small, medium or large containers. The small recycling cart takes up the same space as the old red, white and blue stackable recycling bins. Residents can also order an extra recycling or trash cart at no additional charge.
Increases Recycling Service Without Increased Cost
Residential recycling service will increase from every other week to weekly. Republic Services has committed to provide this improved recycling service at no additional cost. Homes that rent a trash cart may see a slight decrease in their bill when their rented cart is replaced by the free carts. Residential trash bills will not increase because Republic Services' service fee is set by a franchise agreement and limited to annual increases per the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Improves Henderson's Sustainability
Over the year that 25,000 Henderson households participated in the enhanced recycling pilot program, their recycling rates jumped from 6% to more than 30%. In November 2011, Republic Services conducted a visual comparison of neighborhoods in the program to those still using bins and found single stream recycling participation rates to be 72% versus stacked recycle bin neighborhood participation rates at 28.8%. The single stream recycling program is the most effective way to increase participation, and reduce our landfill waste.
Enhanced Recycling Program
All participants in the Enhanced Recycling Program receive one recycling cart and one trash cart free of charge. The recycling cart is black with a blue lid. Recyclables do not need to be sorted but rather all recyclable go into the same cart. A handy decal on the lid of the cart helps identify acceptable items. While trash and recycling are picked-up on the same day every week, the carts are emptied into two different automated trucks that come to your house at different times of day. Trash trucks are emptied at the landfill and recycling trucks bring recyclables to a materials recovery facility (MRF) for sorting. The schedules and equipment you see in your neighborhood will differ depending on the logistics of Republic Services.
At the MRF, the truck driver empties the recyclables onto a conveyor belt. A system of belts, screens, magnets and blasts of air separate paper, plastics, glass, aluminum and other materials. While much of the system is automated, workers help separate certain materials by hand. Disposing of your recyclables correctly helps protect their health and safety (e.g. do not recycle needles, diapers, or food waste). Sorted bales and bins of materials are then taken to processing facilities before being sold as resources for making new products.
New Bulky Items Pick Up Days
In addition to trash and recycling collection, bulky items may be picked up on your same day of service, every other week. Items like landscape waste, furniture and appliances that are set out at your curb will be picked up at no additional charge.
QUESTION: Why is Henderson changing to a cart recycling system?
ANSWER: Henderson is committed to encouraging recycling and improving customer service. Here are some of the reasons why Henderson is converting to the cart recycling system:
The amount of recyclable material collected each year has stayed about the same while the amount of garbage is increasing. When itís easier to recycle, more people recycle. Many residents do not like the existing three-bin system because trash spills out into the neighborhood and they are difficult to carry to the curb. Many residents have seen or used the carts elsewhere and have requested them.
Cart lids keep materials dry and contained, so they donít blow around neighborhoods. During inclement weather and in windy areas of Henderson, the carts help keep neighborhoods clean!
The larger recycling carts make it easier to collect more materials, such as laundry detergent bottles, cardboard and plastic milk containers.
Cart collection is safer for collection drivers and will reduce injuries.
Carts are expected to help reduce scavenging, the practice of taking recyclables without the
ownerís permission. Scavenging is against the law and considered by law enforcement to be a gateway crime to other illegal activities. Please note:
If you see a theft in progress, please call 9-1-1 and report it, but do not confront the suspects. Make a note of identifying factors, such as vehicle
type and license plate numbers, and provide that information with your report.
QUESTION: Will I receive less
service from Republic Services?
ANSWER: No, the level of service you receive from Republic Services will not change. At present, Republic Services comes to your home a total of five times over a two week period: four times for trash collection and once for recycling collection. With the Enhanced Recycling Pilot Program, you will still have collection five times over a two week period: twice for trash, twice for recycling, and once for bulky items that will not fit into your containers. Republic Services will also be providing the trash cart and recycling cart free of charge, a value of more than $8.00 per month. Trash collection and recycling collection will both occur on the same day, every week. Two different trucks will be used: one for trash and one for recycling.
QUESTION: The new containers are too
large. Where will I store them?
ANSWER: The new containers are designed to use the same or less floor area than your current trash container. With the Enhanced Recycling Program, each household will receive two new containers free of charge: one for trash and one for recyclables. Three different sizes of containers are available and you may select the size that best fits your needs. If your household generates a smaller than normal amount of trash or recyclables, you may ask to downsize from the standard (96 gallon) container to a mid-size (66 gallon) or small (36 gallon) container.
QUESTION: Wonít my trash stink if
itís only picked up once a week?
ANSWER: Your new trash containers will have a permanently-attached, fitted lid to keep any odors within the container. Placing items that might produce an odor into a plastic trash bag will further minimize odors. Weekly trash pick-up is used in many areas of the country that experience hot summers similar to ours, such as Arizona and Southern California, with very little complaint about odors.
QUESTION: Why am I being forced to
participate in the Enhanced Recycling Program?
ANSWER: Recycling is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to reduce our impact on our environment. Many of your neighbors want an easier and more convenient way to recycle, and the City of Henderson is committed to making this type of recycling program available to the majority of residents who are requesting it. If you do not want to participate in the Enhanced Recycling Program, simply do not use your recycling container and contact Republic Services to have it removed.
For additional information, please contact Republic Services at (702) 599-5561 or visit their website at republicservicesvegas.com.