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04/15/2011 03:00 PM ET   
News from: MGM Resorts Interntational

MGM Resorts International Receives Recycling Award From Forest & Paper Association

Company Honored for Cardboard and Paper Recycling Accomplishments and Demonstrating the Value of Education and Innovation

LAS VEGAS - April 15, 2011 - MGM Resorts International, a global leader in bringing sustainability to the entertainment and hospitality industry, was recently honored by the American Forest & Paper Association for its outstanding leadership in helping to extend the life of its paper and paper-based packaging products by recovering 10,913 tons from its operations in 2010.

The AF&PA Business Leadership Recycling Award was presented to MGM Resorts International for the Company's cardboard and paper recycling and waste management efforts, which include:

  • shredding and collection stations in every resort's back of house
  • easy paper recycling access for all office employees
  • additional office paper collection to help increase white paper collection in non-office areas
  • corrugated/cardboard broken down and separated upstream by warehouse, delivery, and waste management employees
  • cardboard balers and forklifts on all resorts back docks - capable of 900 pound cardboard bales in minutes
  • 24-hour contracted recycling labor at each resort's back dock to sort and separate paper, cardboard, and other mixed recyclables
  • collection and recycling of all in-room phone books
  • annual purge and recycling of retained legal documents.

American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman visited Las Vegas to present the AF&PA Business Leadership Recycling Award during MGM Resorts International's Waste Council meeting at CityCenter.

"With millions of visitors to our resorts each year, we recognize the importance of significantly reducing and recycling the waste being produced," said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President of the Energy and Environmental Services Division at MGM Resorts International. 

"As a Company, winning an award like this may be new, but our comprehensive commitment to environmental responsibility is not. All of MGM Resorts International's Las Vegas resorts have successfully decreased the amount of waste sent to landfills and increased their recycling rates."

Company-wide, recycling rates at MGM Resorts increased nearly 50% between 2009 (23.7%) and 2010 (33.2%) and have tripled since 2007 (9.6%). Recycling rates for MGM Resorts International's Las Vegas resorts 2007-2010:

2007:   9.6%
2008    14.8%
2009    23.7%
2010    33.2%

"Recycling is a true sustainability success story, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to Las Vegas and other communities nationwide," said Donna Harman, President and CEO of the American Forest & Paper Association.  "We applaud MGM Resorts International for their success in recovering paper and paper-based packaging from across their operations, and for the example they have set for other luxury resorts, casinos, and hospitality companies."

Read more about the 2011 AF&PA recycling awards at

The American Forest & Paper Association Business Leadership Award is the second national recycling honor for MGM Resorts.

In September, the Company was recognized by the Glass Packaging Institute as one of six 2010 "Friends of Glass" for its commitment to recycling.

These are added to the growing list of impressive industry awards MGM Resorts has received for its leadership role in bringing sustainability to the entertainment and hospitality industry.

In January 2011, the US Green Building Council/ Nevada Chapter honored MGM Resorts International with awards for "Exceptional Leadership and Advocacy - LEED Project" and for "Organizational Excellence."

In November 2010, CityCenter received the Travel + Leisure 2010 Global Vision Award for changing the perception of sustainability in Las Vegas and giving classic Vegas luxuries a new twist with cutting-edge green building techniques.

In October 2010, Newsweek named MGM Resorts International to its annual Green Rankings list as the highest-rated company in the gaming and casino space. 

In July 2010, 12 MGM Resorts properties were recognized by the Green Key Global Eco-Rating Program. ARIA Resort & Casino, Vdara Hotel & Spa and Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino received the highest, 5 Key rating, becoming three of only six hotels in the United States to have received the Eco-Rating Program's highest honor.

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About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company has significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 15 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in four other properties in Nevada, Illinois and Macau. One of those investments is CityCenter, an unprecedented urban resort destination on the Las Vegas Strip featuring its centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. Through its hospitality management subsidiary, the Company holds a growing number of development and management agreements for casino and non-casino resort projects around the world.

MGM Resorts International supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its gaming properties. The Company has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative, its community philanthropy programs and the Company's commitment to sustainable development and operations. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's Web site at

About The American Forest & Paper Association

The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners.  Our companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment.  The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP.  Industry companies produce about $175 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries.  The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states.  Visit AF&PA online at

For more information please contact:

Gordon Absher,
MGM Resorts International

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