Waste Reduction & 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.

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.
Waste Reduction & Recycling Onsite Assistance Receive a personalized walkthrough at your place of business from a City of Lincoln Recycling Office representative.

How can we use the rebate?

A rebate is available for 50% of the start-up and first six months of collection services, not to exceed $750, for the following costs:

  • 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
  • Monthly costs for recycling or compostable material collection
Recycling containers The rebate can be used to purchase recycling containers

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.

How do we apply?

  1. Review the Business Recycling Service Rebate Application.
  2. Identify recycling and/or composting services you are expanding or hope to begin new.
  3. Contact the Solid Waste Management Division at 402-326-7431 to confirm eligibility and finalize application.