City officials are asking for the public's help to reduce the amount of trash being illegally dumped at the City's recycling drop-off sites. Dumping any household trash, yard waste or construction waste at any of the 28 recycling sites is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $500 or both.
Katie Flood of the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) said those witnessing illegal dumping should not confront the person dumping waste. They should report the dumping to LPD at 402-441-6000 or the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office at 402-441-6500 if the illegal dumping is outside of the City limits. Flood said witnesses should provide important information like location, time, vehicle type and color, license plate number, description of the person and the type of waste being dumped.
"Last fiscal year over 5,270 tons of recyclables were deposited at City and County sites, and most residents are very good at separating recyclables and placing them in the proper compartments," said City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon. "The small percentage of people abusing the service and dumping their household waste hurts everyone. If all residents use the recycling sites properly, we can operate the recycling program more efficiently and save money." He said the City spends close to $50,000 a year to monitor the recycling sites and clean-up any litter and illegally dumped material.
Hanlon said some sites see more illegal dumping than others. He said the East High School site at 71st and "A" streets and the Havelock site at 63rd and Platte see more waste dumped than other locations. Hanlon said each recycling site has a sign listing what recyclables can be dropped off and what should not be deposited.
"Dumping waste at recycling sites is not only unsightly, it can also result in litter in the area surrounding the recycling sites and be a safety concern for those using the recycling sites properly," Hanlon said. "Property owners who donate the use of their property for the recycling sites may not continue to host the recycling sites if the illegal dumping continues."
For more information on the City recycling program, visit recycle.lincoln.ne.gov or call the Recycling Hotline at 402-441-8215.