Recycling is an individual effort that amounts to large scale benefits for our planet. There are many reasons to recycle. Lincoln residents recently described several ways that recycling is beneficial to the community and makes a difference in their lives:* protects the environment and conserves resources (materials, time and money), preserves Nebraska’s pristine natural areas, extends the life of the landfill, invests in future generations, fosters community pride, supports the local economy.
Resources for Residents
Recycling Drop-off Sites
Recyclables can be sorted at home and taken to a City-sponsored drop-off site. Most are open 24/7. Use our interactive map to find the location closest to your home.
Corrugated Cardboard FAQ
The landfill no longer accepts clean and dry corrugated cardboard. Learn more about the ban and your options for recycling.
Garbage & Recycling Collectors
Getting your recyclables picked up could take just one phone call to your current garbage collector.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Guide
Ensure you’re taking the right materials to the bin. A useful tool to properly reduce your contributions to the landfill.
Multilingual Educational Resources
Everyone’s invited to join our team and become a recycling champion. Share these multilingual resources in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Arabic to help your fellow teammates take it to the bin.
Be A Recycling Champion
Already recycling? Your city cheers you on. Here’s how to raise your game and be the best recycler you can be.
Recycling Guidelines by Material
Can you recycle aerosol cans? What about styrofoam? This guide breaks down what exactly you can put in your curbside recycling bin or take to one of the city’s drop-off sites.
How to Recycle in Your Apartment
This guide has tips to make it a little easier to set up a recycling center in a small space.
Business-sponsored Neighborhood Recycling Container Pilot Program
The goal of this pilot program is to establish self-sustaining relationships in neighborhoods that support their local community.
Yard Waste & Composting
Options for managing yard waste and how to build your own compost pile.
Many residential garbage collectors provide convenient weekly curbside recycling services for a nominal fee. If you don’t wish to subscribe for curbside collection services you can take your recyclables to one of the City's conveniently located public recycling drop-off sites for no fee.
*Residential Recycling Barrier and Benefits Research Report 2017