Roughly 42% of the waste currently disposed in landfills from Lincoln and Lancaster county is readily recyclable material, and close to half of this waste comes from households. That represents about 86,500 tons of aluminum and tin cans, plastic containers, newspaper, office paper, junk mail, corrugated cardboard and paper board packaging. Those recyclables had a secondary materials value of $6.5 million in 2014 and we paid $1.5 million to bury them in the landfill. If we recycled the cardboard, newspapers and other recyclable paper we currently throw away we could divert about 57,500 tons of material from the landfill. This would:
- Save 82,000 cubic yards of landfill space
- Create 110 new jobs
- Save the energy used by 6,730 homes in one year
- Save 400 million gallons of water
Do your part
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle... Don’t throw it away!
Many residential waste haulers provide convenient weekly curbside recycling services for a nominal fee. If you don’t wish to subscribe for curbside collection services you can take your recyclables to one of the City's conveniently located recycling drop-off sites.