NV recycling rates reach record high

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NV recycling rates reach record high

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Recycling rates in Nevada have reached an all time high. KUNR reports that a change in the recycling process in Northern Nevada could lead to further increases.

Recycling rates in Nevada have reached an all time high.

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection reported a 2012 recycling rate of 28.8 percent, surpassing the state goal of 25 percent set by the Nevada Legislature.

Washoe County alone has surpassed the state average with a recycling rate of 33.6 percent.

Nicole Goehring Northern Nevada recycling coordinator says that rate could increase when the city of Reno implements single stream recycling which makes the process easier and more efficient.

"Some communities have multiple bins where they need to sort recyclables and put those separated crates out onto the curb. With single stream, all recyclables can be put into a single container."

Goehring says the single stream recycling program in Reno also expands the material that customers can recycle such cardboard and different types of plastics.

As for Sparks and Washoe County, Goehrig says the two have not yet voted to implement singe stream, but it's anticipated that they will follow.