Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to recycle their scrap metal during the month of November to benefit the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) recycling program. The recycling drive is being conducted as part of Lincoln Recycles Day (LRD) Saturday, November 17.
The two companies participating are Alter Scrap Processing, 6100 N. 70th St., and Sadoff Iron and Metal Company, 5020 N.W. 39th St. All types of scrap metal including aluminum and tin cans, pots and pans, appliances, wiring, sinks, bathtubs, electric motors can be recycled. All or part of the proceeds from the scrap metal can be donated to the LPS program. At the end of the drive, the two companies will match the amount of the public donation.
Funds raised for the LPS recycling program will be used to replace aging, worn out steel recycling containers. They will be recycled as scrap metal and be replaced with containers manufactured from recycled steel. The LPS recycling program provides recycling education and opportunities in all LPS school classrooms, offices and support buildings. Currently, LPS recycles about 1.2 million pounds of material annually, or 24 percent of its refuse.
LRD is observed in conjunction with America Recycles Day (ARD), recognized annually on November 15. Celebrating its 15th year, ARD has grown to include millions of Americans and is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.
City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon reminds residents of the difference they can make by recycling. "By recycling, we conserve resources and valuable landfill space," said Hanlon. "There is a network of 35 recycling drop-off sites in Lincoln and Lancaster County. There are also many private businesses that offer curbside recycling services as well as recycling services for other household items such as electronics, batteries, tires and fluorescent bulbs."
Several other local events are planned in November in conjunction with LRD:
During the month of November, residents are urged to sign a pledge for recycling by visiting recycle.lincoln.ne.gov. More information about LRD and other local recycling opportunities can be found at recycle.lincoln.ne.gov or by calling the recycling hotline at 402-441-8215.