Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | 11:38 a.m.
Republic Services is acquiring Las Vegas-based recycling company Evergreen Recycling, the companies announced today.
The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the deal, but said it would include Evergreen’s 50,000-square-foot facility in North Las Vegas.
The move will allow Republic to focus on the planned expansion and upgrade of its residential recycling programs. Evergreen has been a leader in the Las Vegas Valley in commercial recycling for years. It has handled most of the construction waste from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design buildings across the valley, including CityCenter.
It has also introduced novel green waste recycling programs, including converting landscape waste and pine needles from fire reduction projects on Mount Charleston to soil amendments for a planned farm on Nevada tribal lands.
Republic is facing pressure from state and county officials to increase Southern Nevada’s abysmal recycling participation rates. The state would like to see 25 percent of waste recycled, compared to about 2 percent today.
To improve participation, Republic has been field testing a variety of new recycling collection programs in some neighborhoods, including more frequent pickup of recyclables and single bin collection.
Competition between the two companies was expected to heat up this year after Republic Services announced a major expansion of its North Las Vegas recycling facilities.
Republic had planned to use the facility to improve residential recycling service while significantly expanding its commercial recycling into areas dominated by Evergreen.
“Given current and future demand for enhanced recycling services, the merger between our two companies makes perfect sense,” Evergreen Recycling president Rob Dorinson said in a statement. “Together, we can marshal our resources to protect and preserve the environment while continuing to provide the high level of services that our customers have come to expect.”