Garbage and recycling collectors joined the Public Works and Utilities Department on Friday in reminding Lincoln residents clean and dry corrugated cardboard will no longer be accepted at the City landfill as of April 1. "Take it to the Bin" stickers promoting cardboard recycling will begin appearing on garbage and recycling vehicles, garbage totes and other locations.
The "Take it to the Bin" educational campaign encourages residents to subscribe to a curbside recycling service or recycle for free at one of the 28 public drop-off sites. Businesses should arrange for cardboard separation and pickup with their collector or self-haul to a recycling processor.
A community recycling event is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Drive, in Antelope Park. The campaign also includes public service announcements, broadcast and print advertising, social media posts, community presentations, billboards, bus wraps and an updated website.
"I would encourage anyone who has questions about the cardboard law to call your garbage collector to get to know your options. We're happy to help work out a plan," said Ryan Hatten, owner of Paragon Sanitation and President of the Lincoln Solid Waste and Recycling Association.
The City Council last year passed the ordinance to divert corrugated cardboard from the landfill. The law also requires garbage collectors to offer curbside recycling service to any home or business that chooses to subscribe.
"These men and women are out on trucks all over Lincoln at the crack of dawn every day, in all kinds of weather, working hard to keep our City clean," said Donna Garden, Assistant Director of Utilities for the Public Works and Utilities Department. "They have been champions to work with on the new cardboard law, and we know they will continue to work with their customers to make this change as smooth as possible for everyone in Lincoln."
In 2017, residents sent 38 million pounds or 19,000 tons of cardboard to the landfill, making it the single largest recyclable material thrown away. If it had been recycled instead, $2.3 million could have been injected into the local economy and 35 new local collection and processing jobs could have been created.
For more information on the "Take it to the Bin" campaign and cardboard recycling campaign, visit recycle.lincoln.ne.gov.