Residents are encouraged to make a pledge to improve their recycling habits over the next year as part of Lincoln Recycles Day Saturday, November 13. Individuals who turn in pledge cards will be eligible to win prizes as part of the recycling drive. City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon reminds residents of the two easy ways to recycle: subscribe to a curbside recycling service or take recyclables to one of 35 recycling drop-off sites in Lancaster County.
"The hope is that once people make a pledge to recycle, they will have a greater commitment to using our local recycling services," Hanlon said. "By doing the right thing and recycling, we conserve resources and save valuable landfill space. It's also important to complete that recycling loop by buying products with recycled content."
Pledge cards are due November 15. Pledges may be submitted online at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: recycle). Pledge cards also may be picked up and dropped off at all Lincoln City Libraries; the Irving, "F" Street, Easterday and Belmont recreation centers; all Russ's Market stores; and the following locations:
Prizes include $100 gift cards donated by Walmart and Russ's Market; $100 worth of Nebraska Lottery scratch tickets; a year's worth of curbside recycling services donated by Journal Star Recycling, Midwest Refuse and Recycling, Recycling Enterprises, RecycleLink and Star City Recycling; a necklace made from recycled glass valued at $75 donated by Jen Carlson Creations; and $25 gift certificates from T.O. Haas Tire and Graham Tire. Prize winners will be notified by e-mail or phone after November 15.
Two other recycling events will occur on Saturday, November 13:
The pledge drive and collection events are part of the 13th annual America Recycles Day, which is celebrated November 15. It is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.
Lincoln Recycles Day is sponsored by the City's Solid Waste Operations Division of Public Works and Utilities, WasteCap Nebraska, Lincoln Public Schools, the AmeriCorps volunteer program and local recyclers. More information is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: recycle) or by calling 441-8004 or the Recycling Hotline at 441-8215.