Organic Waste Composting Opportunities

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In 2015, Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) started an organic waste composting program in 13 school cafeterias. Compostable food containers and utensils, food waste, milk cartons, napkins and other non-recyclable paper products are sent to Prairieland Dairy for composting. These schools are diverting over 2,325 pounds of organic waste per day from the landfill, while recycling and composting an average of 51 percent of their total waste generated. With a grant from the City Public Works and Utilities Department, the pilot will be expanded to nine more schools in 2016. For more information on the program contact Brittney Albin, LPS Sustainability Coordinator, at 402-436-1072, ext. 82007.

The following firms offer organic waste collection services to Lincoln businesses and institutions:

Waste to Energy Lincoln, an Uribe Refuse Services company, converts food and yard waste into renewable natural gas to fuel Uribe’s natural gas-powered collection vehicles. Food waste collections are available independently or may be bundled with Uribe’s other recycling and refuse services into one monthly rate. For more information visit www.wastetoenergylincoln.com, email info@wastetoenergylincoln.com or call 402-467-1239.

Prairieland Dairy accepts organic waste from local businesses and composts it with the manure created from their dairy operations. They are currently accepting food waste and non-recyclable paper products from local businesses. To learn about its collection services visit www.prairielanddairy.com or contact Jacob Hickey at 402-430-7385 or hickey@pldairy.com.

Big Red Worms is a vermicomposting service in Airpark. The service operates an organic food waste collection service for commercial customers and uses red wiggler worms to decompose the waste. Residents can also participate in the program by making an appointment to drop their food waste off. For more information visit www.bigredworms.com or contact Jeremiah Picard at 402-476-9340 or worms@bigredworms.com.