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County approves single-stream, once-a-week trash pickup

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Clark County commissioners on Tuesday afternoon voted to approve single-stream recycling for Las Vegas and the unincorporated areas of the county.

Customers will be given two containers, one with a blue lid and the other with a black lid. You'll be able to put all of your recyclables in the container with the blue lid without having to sort them. The other container will strictly be for trash. Pickup will be once a week.

Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak on Monday said the program will help the environment, increasing the county's current 3 percent recycle rate.

"What (this program has shown) in cities that have it is it increases the people that are doing the recycling by five or seven times," Sisolak said.

Although the new ordinance calls for no loss of jobs, union leaders said more than 1,000 of their workers could be affected.

"Our members will be losing hours, and that's what this will cause. By the commissioners changing the franchise agreement from twice a week to once a week, it will cause a reduction in hours that their employees and our members get," said Javon Jefferson, vice president of Teamsters Local 631.

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