At MGM Resorts, we recognize the opportunity to deploy comprehensive recycling programs across our properties, while educating and training employees to recycle at home
and at work. Our employees have been instrumental in driving successful programs throughout our hotels and casinos by implementing improvements in the diversion
of warehouse waste, upstream separation of recyclables from landfill materials and expanding recycling practices through vendors.
We've been able to achieve a 47 percent diversion rate. In 2014, MGM Resorts recycled more than 56,000 tons, the equivalent in weight to 3,700 school buses.
Our waste management programs have been designed to divert a wide variety of materials from landfills while seeking responsible, innovative solutions for handling nonrecyclable items. Across MGM Resorts properties, we are committed to recycling commodities such as paper, food, construction material, glass, oil, metal, plastics and unique materials such as batteries, carpet, cork and electronics.
In 2014, New York-New York was the first of MGM Resorts' properties to celebrate America Recycles Day by hosting a nationally registered event which encouraged the participation of 3,000 employees to "Reduce. Reuse. Recycle."
Understanding the environmental impact of electronic waste, MGM Resorts has implemented a comprehensive Companywide program to recycle and mitigate e-waste from local landfills with support from a multinational recycling partner.
We recognize our responsibility to properly manage the waste produced by our properties. More importantly, we understand that the community shares in the success of our recycling programs. By partnering with Las Vegas nonprofits, we have developed unique recycling initiatives which aid in the diversion of difficult materials while providing the community with employment opportunities.
In mid-2012, in partnership with the Blind Center, The Mirage started recycling plastic room key and player cards.
Approximately 400,000 shredded cards have been repurposed for PVC piping, picture frames and wire insulation. In 2012 alone, MGM Resorts' properties and corporate entities donated 8,190 pounds of post-convention materials and equipment to the Teacher Exchange program. Donated materials have been repurposed throughout the Clark County School District for student education and curriculum assistance.