A key green initiative was to introduce recycling activities at every stage of convention show activities. Throughout a show, exhibit hall and meeting room materials are recycled and in a partnership with Republic Services, the authority’s local waste management company, the waste stream from every convention show is sorted for recyclable materials. The LVCVA is currently averaging a 60% recycling rate for all shows.
For example, one of the larger annual shows with over 100,000 attendees produces 240 tons of solid waste. With the recycling initiative in place, 41 tons of cardboard, 33 tons of carpet padding, 24 tons of plastic, 10 tons of mixed paper, 7 tons of various metals, and 5 tons of wood were recovered and recycled – reducing the waste stream by over half.
As part of the ongoing commitment to waste reduction, LVCVA is a member of EPA’s Waste Wise program which includes implementing a wide range of waste diversion and sustainable initiatives.