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Frequently Asked Questions

Recycling Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of plastics can I recycle?
In Lincoln, #1 - #5 plastic containers can be recycled..
Do I need to remove the plastic caps and neck rings off the bottles that I recycle?
No, you do not need to remove caps and neck rings. However, to help save space in the recycling drop-off containers, we encourage you to remove caps and flatten the bottles.
Where can I recycle plastic grocery bags?
Plastic grocery bags can be recycled at many grocery stores. Many of these locations will only recycle plastic grocery sacks. You may want to call first to make sure that they take plastic bags and find out the location of the drop-off container. For a list of locations that will accept other types of bags or film, visit
What type of glass can I recycle?
You can recycle green, brown, or clear glass bottles and jars. No window glass, mirrors, or ceramics are accepted at the City Recycling drop-off sites.
What types of paper can go in the residential mixed paper container?
Residential mixed paper includes all magazines, catalogs, telephone directories, scratch paper, junk mail, computer paper, office paper and fiberboard packaging. No newspaper should be placed in the mixed paper container. Instead, place newspapers in the newspaper containers.
Where can I take my telephone books?
You can take your telephone book to any City recycling drop off site that takes residential mixed paper.
Where can I take magazines to recycle?
Magazines are accepted at any recycling drop-off site that takes residential mixed paper.
Can the advertisements that come in the newspaper be recycled with the newspaper?
Yes, they do not need to be separated. Advertisements from junk mail should be placed in the residential mixed paper container.
Where can I take cardboard to recycle?
Cardboard is accepted at the multi-material drop-off sites in the cardboard container. Please flatten boxes and remove all packaging materials.
What can I put in the cardboard recycling container?
Any type of cardboard box or fiber board (i.e. moving boxes, shoe boxes, shirt boxes, cereal boxes...). These items must be flattened and packaging material must be removed.
Where did the recycling container go, it's missing from it's normal place?
It may be that the containers are being serviced. It usually takes the contractor about an hour to empty a recycling container and then return it.
What should I do if the recycling bins are full at the drop-off locations?
Please do not leave your recyclables outside of the bins. Contact the Recycling Office at 402-441-8215 and let them know of the recycling containers that need to be emptied.
When are the drop-off sites open?
Most drop-off sites are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The City requests that a person use the site during the work week and during daylight hours. The sites at Russ's Market at Coddington and West "A" Street, North Star High School at 5801 N. 33rd Street, and the North 48th Street Transfer Station at 5101 N. 48th Street have limited hours of operation.
How can I get curbside recycling?
Call the refuse hauler in your area about curbside recycling. Curbside recycling businesses are also listed in the blue pages of the Windstream telephone directory. There is a nominal fee for this service.
What if there is waste or illegally dumped material at a drop-off site?
If there is waste at the site such as tires, paint, batteries, please call the Recycling Hotline at 402-441-8215 or Recycling Coordinator's office at 402-441-7043. If there is hazardous or foul smelling waste at the site, please call the above numbers or the Emergency Health Department number at 402-441-8000.
Where can I take my used motor oil?
Various auto repair shops and auto parts stores in Lincoln accept used motor oil for recycling, as does the 48th Street Transfer Station. Some places may charge a fee so you might want to call in advance to get the price.
What can I do with leftover paint?
Check what type of paint you have. You can dry out latex paint and discard it with the lid off in your regular trash. Another disposal option for latex paint is to line a cardboard box with newspaper, pour 1 inch of hi-dri or kitty litter inside the box; pour in paint; place in plastic trash bag and discard with your normal trash. If the paint is oil-based, take it to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day PDF. Call the Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department at 402-441-8040 for more information.

The following stores will accept latex paint for a fee:

  • EcoStores – 530 W. "P" St. 402-477-3606
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore – 4630 "Y" St., 402-464-0010
What do I do with tires?
Many tire retailers will dispose of used tires for a fee. Another option is recycling tires at the 48th Street Transfer Station. There is a limit of 10 tires per customer and a fee of $3.00 per tire plus a vehicle fee.
Where can I recycle computers and televisions?
A number of recyclers, non-profits and local retailers will accept computer and television equipment. Most will assess a recycling fee.
How do I dispose of unwanted, outdated or leftover medicines?
A number of local pharmacies will accept non-controlled medications. Go to for a pharmacy near you.
What months can I put my leaves and yard waste with my regular garbage?
The ban on the disposal of grass and leaves is April 1 to December 1. During this time, residents can subscribe for a special collection, contract with a private lawn service, or haul material to the 48th Street Transfer Station. Other options include creating a compost pile or mulching grass clippings on the lawn. From December 1st through March 31st, grass and leaves can be mixed with household trash.
Managing Yard Waste
Where can I get compost?
The City of Lincoln makes compost from the grass and leaves they collect from the public. The compost is called LinGro and can be purchased at some of the local nurseries and garden centers. It is also available at no cost at the 48th Street Transfer Station, but it must be self-loaded.
Compost Information
Where do I recycle my Christmas tree?
There will be sites available from December 26th through the first week in January where you can recycle your tree. Contact 402-441-8215 for the collection site nearest you.
Christmas Tree Recycling Program
How can I promote recycling where I work?
There are many recycling opportunities available to businesses. Contact WasteCap of Nebraska at 402-436-2384 for a free waste assessment and information on recycling opportunities.

Recycling Operations