Republic Recycling Services: One of Las Vegas’ Most Interesting Free Attractions

| 1/19/2017 9:58:00 AM

Tags: recycling, waste management, ecotourism, travel, Kurt Jacobson, Nevada,

Las Vegas is known for some of the best entertainment options in the world. Now, there is a very different free attraction sure to please and educate those who take the time to explore the world of automation and recycling.

Most Americans have heard it’s important to recycle, yet few know how to do it properly. With the opening of Republic Services recycling center in northwest Las Vegas, visitors will get useful information how to recycle properly. This secret world is revealed as you step inside the Learning Center overlooking the floor of a cavernous building. This Willy Wonka-like factory churns out up to two million pounds of paper, plastic, glass and aluminum per day. All of these products have a chance for a new life thanks to state-of-the-art technology at work.


Opened in December of 2015, this fun factory of machines-versus-waste is a modern marvel. Nowhere else in North America can tourists, school children, and other interested citizens view this mysterious process. Once visitors arrive in the Learning Center several educational displays tell the story of what happens here and how to recycle more efficiently at home. A live-feed set of three TV screens show the action not visible from the Learning Center.

 Repulics Learning Center

For hands on fun there is a Real recycling truck cab in the room. In this cab kids of all ages can sit in an authentic Republic Services truck seat grasping the steering wheel or the joystick that controls the boom in a full-sized truck. All the switches, gauges, and doodads are real. They even included the horn in the truck until too many kids honked too often driving the staff next door a bit crazy. The solution was to pull the fuse, rendering the horn silent.

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