Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) asks residents to properly dispose of fireworks debris following private and public Independence Day celebrations. Officials recommend allowing used fireworks to sit for several minutes and using water to make sure they are completely extinguished. A metal bucket or a bucket with sand or water can be used as a temporary trash can. Cooled fireworks can be placed in regular trash for disposal.
"If you blow it up, clean it up," said KLLCB Coordinator Adam Rhoads. "Preventing litter is essential to a clean, healthy and safe community." Rhoads said litter accumulates in places that are already littered, and in littered communities property values go down, crime rates go up and businesses stay away. Litter that is washed down storm drains eventually flows into streams, rivers and lakes, and the potentially harmful substances in fireworks can pollute the water, soil and air.
KLLCB is a program of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. The fireworks debris prevention effort is funded in part by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
In addition to cleaning up after private celebrations, volunteers are needed for the annual Oak Lake Cleanup on Sunday, July 5 following the City's Uncle Sam Jam celebration on July 3. To volunteer, contact KLLCB at 402-441-8035.
More information on KLLCB is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: kllcb).