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Nebraska Solid Waste and Recycling Resources

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:


Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Nebraska

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.