Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program

Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program

A goal to reduce the per capita amount of waste disposed of in landfills by 30% by 2040 over 2011 was established by a 20-member Citizen Advisory Committee in the development of the Solid Waste Management Plan 2040. Businesses, including industries, institutions and multi-family apartment complexes, can help achieve this goal by enhancing or establishing recycling and composting programs.

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program (WRRAP) provides:

  1. Assistance: Receive on-site visits to identify recycling options and help with program implementation and education of staff, customers or residents.
  2. Rebates: Obtain a rebate of up to 50% of start-up and first six months of collection service costs, not to exceed $750.
  3. Recognition: Gain recognition for recycling efforts.

Who is eligible?

Any Lancaster County business or non-profit organization that requests assistance in establishing a recycling or composting program and/or completes the application to receive the rebate through the WRRAP is eligible.

What type of assistance is available?

  • An on-site visit to review your current waste management system and suggestions for enhancing an existing recycling or composting program or beginning a new recycling or composting program.
  • We can help you brainstorm solutions to barriers or challenges.
  • We are available to help with program implementation and education of your staff, customers or renters.

How can we use the rebate?

A rebate of up to $750 may be earned in two ways:

  1. 50% of the recycling and/or composting program start-up costs, not to exceed $250. Qualifying costs may include but are not limited to:
    • Purchase of recycling containers
    • Retrofitting janitorial carts
    • Capital improvements such as pouring a concrete pad to place recycling containers
    • Waste composition assessment by a 3rd party
    • Development of educational materials
  2. 50% of your monthly recycling or composting collection service costs for the first six months of the program, not to exceed $500.

Will we be recognized for our recycling efforts?

Yes, a “Recycle Lincoln” recognition program has been established. There are four different levels of recycling recognition that organizations can earn. There are “Bronze,” “Silver,” “Gold,” and “Zero Waste” Levels.

Related:
Recycle Lincoln Leadership Recognition Program

How do we apply?

  1. Review the Business Recycling Service Rebate for eligibility details.
  2. Identify recycling and/or composting services you are expanding or hope to begin new.
  3. Contact the Solid Waste Management Division at 402-441-8215 to confirm eligibility and finalize application.
Related:
Business Recycling Service Rebate Program

NOTE: Nebraska law permits public access to public records, subject to requirements and restrictions provided in Neb. Rev. Stat. §84-712 to 84-712.09, as amended from time to time. This application and the information provided hereunder shall be accessible under valid public records requests under such laws.