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        UPDATE: Starting in 2020, Nevada will be using a new reporting system to collect recycling rate data from state agencies and businesses. Visit our new guidance page for more information on who should report, how to report, and frequently asked questions: State Agency and Business Reporting.


        Annual Recycling Rate Data

        Per NAC 444A.110-140, Nevada counties who have an approved recycling plan are required to report the amount of materials diverted from landfills through recycling, with the goal of reaching a recycling rate of 25% two years after implementation. The recycling rate is calculated by taking the ratio of municipal solid waste (MSW) recycled to tons of MSW generated, which includes recyclables and household and commercially-generated waste (solid waste imported from other states is not used to calculate the recycling rate). To determine the recycling rate, data is collected from reports submitted by Carson City, Clark, Douglas, Elko, and Washoe counties — the counties that have adopted recycling programs and, according to the 2010 census, have over 90% of Nevada’s population. 

        As of 2017, Douglas County had the highest rate of recycling at 51.6%, Carson City in second at 26.7%, and Washoe County in a close third at 24.6%. 

        2018 Nevada Recycling Rate: 22.0%- Download the 2018 State Recycling Rate (pdf, 63.8 KB) 

        2017 Nevada Recycling Rate: 21.0% - Download the 2017 State Recycling Rate (pdf, 70 KB)

        2016 Nevada Recycling Rate: 20.7% - Download the 2016 State Recycling Rate (pdf, 340 KB)

        2015 Nevada Recycling Rate: 20.8% - Download the 2015 State Recycling Rate (pdf, 340 KB)



        Past Municipality and Facility Recycling Rate Data Forms

        Starting July 1, 2020, these forms will no longer be valid for submitting facility recycling rate data in the state of Nevada. Please see State Agency and Business Reporting for current reporting procedures.

        Instructions for Municipalities 2019

        Form A (for municipalities) - Due to NDEP on April 1, 2020

        Form B-page 1 (for facilities) - Due to municipality on February 15, 2020

        Form B-page 2(for facilities) - Due to municipality on February 15, 2020

        2020 Letter to Recyclers 

        2019 Waste Generation by County


        Biennial Recycling Reports

        In accordance with statutes (NRS 444A.070 and NRS 444A.110), the director of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources must submit a biennial report on or before January 31 of each odd-numbered year that details the status of current and proposed programs for the recycling and reuse of waste materials. This report contains information about recycling in Nevada during 2016 and 2017, the statewide recycling rate, and possible directions for recycling in Nevada.

        Download the 2019 Legistative Counsel Bureau Report (pdf, 4.11 MB)

        Download the 2017 Legislative Counsel Bureau Report (pdf, 173 KB)