Mayor Don Wesely today announced the start of a pilot project to partner with local garbage haulers to increase awareness about solid waste issues. The project will place seven different magnetic signs on 20 garbage trucks in the next few months to help promote various solid waste and recycling programs.
"We believe this is the first project of this type in the state," said Mayor Wesely. "We want to thank our local waste haulers for working with us to get our message to the citizens. We also want to thank the State of Nebraska for providing a grant to fund this project." The city received $7,900 from the Department of Environmental Quality’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Fund.
The first sign to be carried on the trucks will remind residents of the need to separate leaves from household trash through the end of next month. State law prohibits the disposal of leaves and grass in landfills from April 1 through November 30 of each year.
"Even though the city is starting its ninth fall season of the compost program, some residents forget that they need to subscribe to the separate collection of leaves,@ said Mike Palmer, President of the Lincoln Solid Waste Management Association. And since our members have trucks in every neighborhood of the city, we thought that we could partner with the city to help get information out to the public.@
During the fall leaf-raking season, residents have the choice of composting their leaves in their own backyards, hauling leaves to the Transfer Station at 5101 North 48th Street or subscribing to the separate collection of leaves provided by local waste haulers. There is a fee for this service.
Future signs on the trucks will promote the city's recycling drop-off sites, the city's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program and the Christmas Tree Recycling Program. The city and waste haulers also hope to develop signs to encourage waste reduction and to ask residents to report illegal dumpers to the Police Department.