Nebraska is looking to make a "green" change
According to 2008 figures gathered by BioCycle, Nebraskans recycled a total of 322,500 tons of waste, or about 13% of the total waste generated in the state that year.
That’s below the national average of about 34%, but cities across Nebraska are looking to change that.
Lincoln, for instance, recently created its Solid Waste Plan 2040. In it, the city wants all garbage haulers to offer curbside recycling services to customers. This would greatly boost the city’s 18% recycling rate.
Not all of Nebraska is below the national recycling average, though. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln recycles 51% of waste on campus. The recycling operation at UNL can be viewed as a successful model for cities and organizations across the state.
Recycling helps more than just the environment
Recycling helps maintain the environment and natural beauty of Nebraska, but it also helps spark the economy.
***According to the EPA, 10,000 lbs. of waste sent to landfills creates just 1 job while the same amount of waste sent to recycling facilities creates 10 recycling-related jobs or 75 material reuse jobs.
Increased recycling equals:
- More jobs, more money flowing through the economy
- Fewer landfills, illegal dumping sites, and less virgin materials harvested for manufacturing
Where does waste go in Nebraska?
There are a several types of landfill, composting and material recovery facilities located throughout the state.
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) has a list of permitted facilities here at its website.
***If hauling your own waste, rubbish, or debris, be sure to bring it to the proper facility. For example, construction and demolition (C&D) debris should go to a permitted construction and demolition waste landfill.
Find a recycler in Nebraska
You can access a comprehensive recycling directory sorted by type of recyclable (e.g., glass, cardboard, metals) over at the NDEQ website. Here’s a link to that page: