//What is solid waste?

What is solid waste?

The Southern Nevada Health District defines solid waste as all putrescible and non-putrescible refuse in solid or semi-solid form, including but not limited to, garbage, rubbish, junk vehicles, ashes or incinerator residue, street refuse, dead animals, demolition waste, construction waste, sewage, solid or semi-solid commercial and industrial waste. This definition does not include hazardous waste.

Are there different types of solid waste?

Yes, there are several types of solid wastes. The types of solid waste most commonly encountered include:

  • Municipal Solid Waste
    Solid waste from household, community, commercial, and industrial sources that does not contain hazardous waste.
  • Medical Waste
    Solid waste that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or in the production of testing of biologicals. This term does not include hazardous waste.
  • Recyclable Materials or Recyclables
    Solid waste that can be processed and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or products, including but not limited to the following, newspaper, corrugated cardboard, aluminum, yard debris, office paper, glass, tin and steel cans, metal, motor oil, plastic, antifreeze, wood, and food waste.

Do I need a permit to manage solid waste?

A Solid Waste Management Permit is required for facilities that collect, store, transport, transfer, process, treat and/or dispose of solid wastes or conducted resource recovery activities.

For more information on how to apply for a Solid Waste Management Permit, click HERE or contact our Solid Waste Plan Review Section at (702) 759-0661.


Updated on: August 14, 2020