We recognize the opportunity to reduce our environmental footprint by implementing dynamic recycling and waste management programs. Our custom and comprehensive programs benefit our resorts and communities by decreasing landfilling waste and promoting the development of local recycling facilities. The responsible waste management efforts of MGM Resorts allow guests to promote their own sustainable lifestyle and philosophy while visiting our properties.

We have designed our recycling programs to make a difference that lasts for generations by diverting a wide-variety of materials from landfills and seeking responsible, innovative solutions for handling non-recyclable items. At MGM Resorts we are dedicated to recycling commodities such as plastic, glass, paper, cardboard, metal, oil, construction debris, electronics, and even unique materials like player cards, cork, food and plant waste.

Recycling Management:
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 nonrecyclableitems. 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.

  • Successfully exceeded 2013 goal of 50% by recycling 26.9% more materials than in 2008. Achieved at 52.6% recycling rate in 2013.
  • Recycled 65,000 tons of materials in 2013, nearly 10,000 more than in 2012.
  • Mitigated nearly 80,000 metric tons of CO2E emissions by diverting waste through new and innovative solutions.
  • 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."
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Employee Profile

Christopher Peisert
Director of Hotel Services, Bellagio

“Our robust recycling programs make good business sense for both environmental stewardship as well as the bottom line. By separating recyclable items, undamaged goods are salvaged in the process. In some cases, the combined savings can offset our entire waste management expense.”

Case Study
Recycling Efforts Fueling Nonprofits

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 have 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.