Las Vegas Convention Center Leads Nation in Recycling

If its convention center's recycling rate is any indication, Sin City is among the country's top green meeting destinations, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).

LVCVA, which operates the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center, recovered 2,665.9 tons of waste last year out of a total 4,070.7 tons, giving it a recovery rate of 66 percent, local newspaper the Las Vegas Sun reported last week, stating that "that percentage is well ahead of most city's convention rivals and just ahead of the Orlando convention center's reported recycling rate of 65 percent."

LVCVA recycled 421.7 tons of cardboard in 2009, 223.3 tons of mixed plastics, 173.7 tons of carpet pad, 98.9 tons of mixed paper, 82.9 tons of miscellaneous metals, 58.2 tons of wood and 26.2 tons of plastic bottles.

According to the Sun, the State of Nevada recommends achieving a recycling rate of 25 percent; LVCVA's recovery goal for 2010 is 70 percent, it said.