Lincoln is a growing, thriving community with many opportunities to grow and prosper. In an increasingly competitive market, businesses need to set themselves apart from their competitors not only to attract customers but also to keep and retain workers. Adopting sustainable business practices is one way to do that, and recycling is an important part of any sustainability strategy.
Roughly 42% of the waste currently disposed in landfills from Lincoln and Lancaster county is readily recyclable material, and close to half of this waste comes from businesses, industry, institutions and multi-family housing complexes. That represents about 86,500 tons of aluminum and tin cans, plastic containers, newspaper, office paper, junk mail, corrugated cardboard and paper board packaging. Those recyclables had a secondary materials value of $6.5 million in 2014 and we paid $1.5 million to bury them in the landfill. If we recycled the cardboard, newspapers and other recyclable paper we currently throw away we could divert about 57,500 tons of material from the landfill. This would:
- Save 82,000 cubic yards of landfill space
- Create 110 new jobs
- Save the energy used by 6,730 homes in one year
- Save 400 million gallons of water
Do your part
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle... Don’t throw it away!
Many local commercial waste haulers also provide commercial recycling services as part of their menu of services. Contact your waste hauler about also providing recycling services. Depending on the amount of recyclables your business generates you may be able to reduce the size of your waste container or collection frequency which could off-set a portion of increased costs for recycling. Ask your hauler if they provide a single bundled fee for both waste and recycling collection services.
- WasteCap Nebraska 402-436-2384
- Keep America Beautiful Recycling at Work program
- Recycling in the Workplace: Ready, set Go!
- Keep Nebraska Beautiful Material Exchange Program
- Good, usable materials no longer needed can be listed in the Materials Exchange Program. Sponsored by Keep Nebraska Beautiful. The cost is free.
- Bureau of International Recycling
- Resources for recycling and reusing ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, paper, textiles, stainless steel, plastics and tires.
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- Web resources on reducing, reusing, composting and recycling. One resource that is particularly useful is a comprehensive guide to green purchasing.