Mayor Chris Beutler today thanked nine local businesses and organizations that have been inducted into the Recycle Lincoln Leadership Recognition Program. He also recognized 45 more businesses that are taking advantage of rebates through the City's Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program (WRRAP) to enhance or start recycling programs.
"More than 50 percent of the waste sent to the landfill in garbage trucks comes from businesses and institutions," Beutler said. "It's clear that if our community wants to be successful reducing our per capita disposal rate, our businesses need the right tools to be successful. We designed our Leadership Recognition Program and the WRRAP for them, and we are pleased to see so many taking advantage of them."
Twelve businesses have applied for the Recycle Lincoln Leadership Recognition Program, which provides an opportunity for businesses to network with those committed to sustainability and achieve citywide recognition for their contributions to environmental responsibility. Businesses and organizations can achieve four levels of recognition, based on the amount of materials recycled or composted:
The Lincoln Running Company has been recognized in the zero-waste category, and eight others have achieved gold status: Arbor Day Foundation, Assurity Life Insurance, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Goodwill, NeighborWorks Lincoln, Region V Systems, Star City Heating and Cooling and Zipline Brewing Co.
Businesses and organizations can apply at recycle.lincoln.ne.gov. A solid waste management representative will conduct a free verification of recognition status. Those achieving leadership status are featured on the City website and in publications, advertisements and social media. They also receive window clings and certificates and are recognized at the biennial Lincoln-Lancaster County Environmental Awards.
WRRAP provides onsite consultation and assistance to businesses and institutions starting or enhancing a recycling and/or composting program. Services include a waste management evaluation; barrier assessment; implementation assistance; and education for staff, customers and renters. Participants receive rebates for 50 percent of the startup and service costs up to $750.
Businesses and organizations that are starting and/or expanding commercial recycling wanting more information can call Matt Jensby at 402-326-7431; call the Recycling Hotline at 402-441-8215; or visit recycle.lincoln.ne.gov. The following resources are available on the website: