MGM Resorts Receives Award for Recycling Programs | Environment
MGM Resorts is being honored with a national award for its efforts to recycle food from its Strip properties.
The Environmental Protection Agency honored the gaming company for outstanding achievement in food waste recycling. The company will get the EPA’s 2011 WasteWise Gold Achievement-Food Recovery Award.
Last year, MGM Resorts recycled 8,722 tons of food waste from its Las Vegas hotels. That is 25 percent of all recycled waste from the resorts. When the program first started, the resorts recycled just 3,353 tons of food waste. The resort company works with RC Farms in North Las Vegas, which feeds the food to its 3,000 pigs. The waste is also gathered by A1 Organics, which turns it into compost.
“With millions of people dining each year at our 165 restaurants and 11 employee dining rooms located on the Las Vegas Strip, MGM Resorts is committed to leading the way to reduce our waste to landfill,” said Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts Senior Vice President of Energy and Environmental Services .
Criteria for the EPA award included food recovery, waste prevention, donation efforts, amount composted and scope of recycling programs.