Public Works and Utilities officials say recent storm damage is contributing to long lines at the Bluff Road Landfill, 6001 Bluff Road. Closing hours today are being extended to 5 p.m. Saturday hours are 6:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (instead of 3 pm.), and Sunday hours are 6:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. (instead of noon).
"The extended hours this weekend will help us to accommodate the increase in material arriving at the landfill, "said Assistant Director of Public Works and Utilities Donna Garden. "We hope this will help to reduce wait times, but other factors limit the capacity of our landfill operations, so we ask for the public's patience."
Karla Welding, Superintendent of Solid Waste Operations, said the growth of the City has already put pressure on the landfill to purchase an additional scale and larger heavy equipment. "We will continue to do our best to accommodate the spike from the storms, but long-term we will need additional strategies and resources to deal with the growth in solid waste," she said.
Officials pointed out that many construction materials are readily recyclable. "Most of our local contractors already understand the value of recycling those materials," Garden said. "It helps the business's bottom line while helping to control long-term costs and extend the life of the landfill."
Contractors are also being encouraged to recycle building materials at these locations:
More information is available at recycle.lincoln.ne.gov.
The City reminds property owners to be sure they are dealing with reputable and insured contractors when repairing their homes. Ask to see insurance certificates, check references and make use of online resources like the Better Business Bureau.