City of Lincoln
2016 Media Releases
- November 9, 2016
- For More Information Contact:
- Gene Hanlon, City Recycling Coordinator, 402-441-7043
Lincoln to Celebrate America Recycles Day
The City and local recyclers will celebrate America Recycles Day Tuesday, November 15 with several events in mid-November. America Recycles Day is a nationally-recognized opportunity to promote recycling and celebrate its benefits. The following events are scheduled:
Saturday, November 12
- Free document shredding will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. at two locations: Recycling Enterprises, 1200 West Upland Avenue, and Mid-America Recycling, 440 "J" Street. Recycling Enterprises and Shredding Solutions will donate their document shredding services. Residents may bring two boxes or up to 75 pounds of paper.
November 14 to 18
- City recycling staff will visit selected recycling drop-off sites to catch people "green-handed" and thank them for participating in the City's recycling drop-off program. Recyclers will receive a reusable cloth bag filled with coupons for local restaurants, Pepsi products and information on how to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Tuesday, November 15
- Residents are invited to an open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Mid-America Recycling, 440 "J" Street. The event includes tours and refreshments. Those who plan to take the tour should wear closed-toe shoes with low heels. The company recently installed new equipment to efficiently sort single-stream recyclables. Mid-America Recycling employs 16 people and processes a significant portion of recyclables collected in Lincoln and Lancaster County.
- The scrap metal drive to raise funds for the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) recycling program will be kicked off at Alter Metal Recycling, 6100 N. 70th St., and Sadoff Iron and Metal Recycling Company, 4400 West Webster. Residents are encouraged to recycle their scrap metal through Earth Day (April 22, 2017) and donate all or a portion of the proceeds to benefit the LPS recycling efforts. All types of scrap metal can be recycling including aluminum and tin cans, pots and pans, appliances, wiring, sinks, bathtubs and electric motors.
Residents donated $730 worth of scrap metal to LPS last year. Funds raised this year will help LPS replace worn out steel recycling containers. The old containers will be recycled as scrap metal and replaced with containers manufactured from recycled steel, closing the recycling loop. The program provides recycling education and opportunities in all LPS classrooms, offices and support buildings. Currently, LPS recycles and composts over 1.8 million pounds of material annually or 35 percent of its refuse.
Friday, November 18
- Hofeling Enterprises, 2200 South Folsom Court, will accept residential tree limbs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at no charge. The debris will be ground up and reused as landscape mulch for area homes and businesses.
- The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department will sponsor an appointment-only household hazardous waste collection event. Call 402-441-8021 to schedule an appointment.
"Recycling conserves resources, saves valuable landfill space and helps create jobs," said City Recycling Coordinator, Gene Hanlon. "In addition to the network of 29 multi-material recycling drop-off sites in Lincoln and Lancaster County, local waste haulers and private recycling businesses offer convenient recycling services for residents and businesses for a nominal fee.
A number of local businesses and organizations also accept many household items, such as appliances, electronics, rechargeable batteries, tires, compact fluorescent lamps and child safety seats for recycling."
For more information about local recycling opportunities, visit recycle.lincoln.ne.gov or call the recycling hotline at 402-441-8215.