Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to recycle their scrap metal and donate all or a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) recycling program. Aluminum cans and scrap metal can be taken to Alter Metal Recycling, 6100 N. 70th St., and Sadoff Iron and Metal Recycling Company, 4400 West Webster. The recycling drive will continue through Earth Day, Friday, April 22.
The scrap metal drive is part of Lincoln Recycles Day November 15, part of the 18th annual America Recycles Day. It's the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.
The drive will accept all types of scrap metal including aluminum and tin cans, pots and pans, wiring, sinks, bathtubs, motors and electronic scrap. A complete list of accepted items is available at altertrading.com and sadoff.com.
The LPS recycling program will used the donated funds to replace aging, worn out steel recycling containers. They will be recycled as scrap metal and replaced with containers manufactured from recycled steel - closing the recycling loop. The LPS program provides recycling education and opportunities in all LPS school classrooms, offices and support buildings. Currently, LPS recycles and composts over 1.5 million pounds of material annually, about 36 percent of its refuse.
"Recycling does make a difference by conserving resources and valuable landfill space," said City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon. "In addition to the network of 28 multi-material recycling drop-off sites in Lincoln and Lancaster County, local waste haulers and private recycling businesses offer convenient curbside recycling services. A number of businesses and organizations also accept household items such as electronics, rechargeable batteries, tires, compact fluorescent lamps and fluorescent bulbs for recycling."
More information on Lincoln Recycles Day and local recycling is available at recycle.lincoln.ne.gov or by calling 402-441-8215.
Other activities planned in conjunction with Lincoln Recycles Day include the following: