Community Links

Under the Sink - Household Hazardous Waste
Open to Douglas and Sarpy County residents only, Under the Sink is a facility that stores hazardous household materials such as paint thinner, lawn chemicals, drain cleaner, pesticides, etc. until they can be picked up and properly recycled or disposed of by a separate waste disposal facility. To learn how Under the Sink can take harmful chemicals off your hands, visit www.underthesink.org.

DIY Backyard composting
Learn the advantages of composting, how to make a compost bin for your own yard, and how to compost properly. The Garden Compost brochure is provided by the Douglas-Sarpy County Extension Office.

Oma-Gro
Omaha's locally sourced compost product. Oma-Gro® is a natural compost product made exclusively of grass clippings, leaves, and ground wood. Available by the bag or in bulk.

Wasteline.org
Wasteline is Omaha's primary organization for the collection and disposal of garbage, recyclable materials and yard waste. For drop-off locations, recycling tips, collection schedule, locations for recycling bin pick up, and other information, visit www.wasteline.org.

Keep Omaha Beautiful
Working with businesses, residents and community groups, Keep Omaha Beautiful, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to litter reduction, beautification and education on solid waste issues. For more information, visit www.keepomahabeautiful.org.

Electronic Waste
Several local businesses and organizations recycle electronic devices, also known as e-waste. Check out earth911.com to see available e-waste recyclers near you. Search for everything from printers to cell phones, TVs to computers, and everything in between. Some places do not charge for most types of e-waste, other companies will have small fee to dispose of e-waste at their facility.

Batteries
Several local businesses recycle used batteries. Check out earth911.com to see available battery recyclers near you.

Glass
There are four drop-off sites for glass in the City of Omaha..  The City of Omaha does not take glass in the curbside recycling program.  The drop sites are listed here www.wasteline.org/mybin/index.htm.

CFL Light Bulbs
Several local businesses and organizations recycle CFLs. Drop off broken or burnt out CFLs at Omaha Public Libraries, Under the Sink, Home Depot, or Lowes. Visit www.omahapubliclibrary.org or www.underthesink.org.

Toner and Inkjet Cartridges
Several local businesses recycle empty toner and inkjet cartridges. Check out www.earth911.com to see available battery recyclers near you.

WasteCap Nebraska
Did you know... Nebraskans throw away $137 Million worth of trash each year?  The 2 million pounds of waste sent to our landfills contain valuable, recyclable materials.  In 2010, value of office paper sent to the landfill was nearly $19 Million, the value of #1 PET plastic was $25.6 Million and the value of aluminum cans sent to Nebraska landfills was $28 Million!  At WasteCap Nebraska, we believe there is no such thing as waste, only wasters!  Are you a waster or are you Un-Wasted?   Check out the WasteCap Nebraska webiste and read more facts and ideas about waste management, recycling and sustainability.

My Recycle List
A free mobile app for the iPhone and Android which assists in finding the closest place to recycle the stuff you want to get rid of.

Home Energy Auditors
Find a certified Home Energy Rater in the Omaha area. These companies provide home energy audits which identify opportunities to safely and effectively save energy in your home. All good home energy audits will check air leakage with a blower door test, the building envelope with an insulation inspection, and several other energy-related aspects of your home.

DIY Home Energy Audit
Conduct your own free home energy audit using the Home Energy Saver tool developed by Lawrence Berkeley Labs. This tool is a step-by-step guide to assessing energy use in your home and making recommendation to save energy and money at home.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy
Find Energy Star products and helpful information on how to save energy and protect the environment at home and in business. 

reEnergize Program
The reEnergize Program is a partnership between the cities of Omaha and Lincoln to build energy smart communities.  It's designed to jumpstart the market for energy coonservation in homes and buildings by supplementing costs, boosting consumer demand and connecting them with qualified professionals to do the work.  This program runs between January 2011 and May 2013.

OPPD
Check out OPPD's green web page for various tips and useful energy information.
www.oppd.com/aimgreen.

OPPD tips to conserve electricity and save money. 

Watt Detector Program
If you are curious to see the amount of electricity household appliances use, the Omaha Public Library and Omaha Public Power District have partnered to make available a Watt Detector Program.

Metro Rideshare
MetrO! Rideshare is a free, quick, and secure service that connects commuters throughout the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area who are interested in carpooling and other alternative forms of transportation. Simply create a new account and profile and Metro Rideshare will automatically search for commute matches according to your personal preferences.
Carpooling helps save money on fuel and vehicle wear and tear. Having someone share the ride can also be fun and relaxing. And by carpooling you are helping to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to decrease pollution in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.

Metro
Plan your trip. Find a bus stop. Buy bus tickets. Find out all you ever needed to know about Omaha's Metro Transit system. 

Activate Omaha Bike Commuter Map
Download a copy of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro Area Bicycle Map. Sign up your business or organization for the Bicycle Commuter Challenge, check out the Omaha Bike System and learn about Omaha's Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Omaha Bikes
The voice of citizen cyclists, Omaha Bikes provides information on bicycling commuting, upcoming bike-related events and workshops, and bike news for the metro area. Omaha Bikes is a community organization that promotes and advocates for improved transportation, utility, and recreational bicycling infrastructure, opportunities, and experiences for the people of Omaha, Nebraska and the surrounding area.

I Ride
This website contains news and information about biking in Omaha.

Bikes Belong
For information on safe places to ride bikes and the promotion of bicycling, check out Bikes Belong.
Sign the Pledge for Bikes, www.peopleforbikes.org.  It is an initiative of Bikes Belong.

Activate Omaha - Walk. Zip. Win.
Register to walk regularly and show the city how active your zip code is.

Walkscore.com
Find out how walkable your neighborhood is. Type in your address and get a score between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of that address.

Activate Omaha - Walking Works
Walking Works gives some walking basics, helps you create a simple walking plan, and can map your walking route.

Omaha Trails
Maps, trail information, discussion and events surrounding walking and biking on trails in the Omaha metro region

9 Great Omaha Walks
Omaha by Design’s volunteer Place Game facilitators have compiled a list of nine great walks. Located throughout the city, the list takes walkers through a mix of urban environments, from park settings to historic and cultural areas. The walks vary in length and include points of interest along the route.

Community Gardens (DCHD)
Find Community Gardens near you. If there isn't a community garden near you check out this website to learn how to start one with their Community Garden Toolkit.

Master Gardner - Douglas Sarpy County Extension
The Nebraska Master Gardener program is a horticulture related volunteer training program based in many counties throughout the state. It has been part of UNL Extension since 1976. Master Gardener volunteers are trained by UNL Extension faculty and staff. They contribute time as volunteers working through their local Extension office to provide horticulture-related information to their community. More specifically, they provide education about sustainable horticultural practices. Participants are required to complete 40 hours of training and 40 hours of volunteer service during the initial year of their involvement in the program. Master Gardener volunteers retain their certification through annual training and volunteering.

Farmers' Markets (DCHD)
Buy local. Find Farmers' Markets near you. If there isn't a community garden near you check out this website to learn how to start one with their Community Garden Toolkit.

Nebraska Food Coop
The freshness and flavor of local food will make your taste buds tingle. Nebraska farmers, gardeners, and craftspeople come together through this cooperative to offer you the best of the best. Buying local helps your own community grow stronger along with your health and pocketbook.

Vermicomposting
Many gardeners compost both yard waste and kitchen waste with compost piles, sheet composting or some other method during the growing season. Fortunately, very little yard waste is generated during winter months when cold temperatures make composting difficult. However, usable kitchen waste is constantly being generated and must be disposed of. Vermicomposting is the process of using worms and micro-organisms to turn kitchen waste into a black, earthy-smelling, nutrient-rich humus.

Rain Gardens for Homeowners
Learn how to build a rain garden. Homeowners can reduce water runoff from their yards by using a functional and aesthetic design practice called a rain garden. A rain garden is a small area in a residential yard or neighborhood planted to flowers and ornamental grasses designed to temporarily hold and soak in rain water that comes from a house roof, driveway or other open area. A rain garden is not a pond or wetland. It is dry most of the time and holds water after a rain. Water collected in the rain garden slowly infiltrates into the soil to support plant growth. In a properly sited and designed rain garden standing water disappears in less than 48 hours.

ReTree Nebraska
A 10-year initiative to raise public awareness across Nebraska to foster the proper planting and maintenance of 1 million trees by 2017.

Water-Wise Lawn & Garden Care
Tired of bagging your lawn clippings. Grow healthier lawns, save water, and use fewer fertilizers. Learn bag no more lawn care and several other water saving techniques.

EPA's WaterSense
EPA's Watersense website has water efficiency products, tips, rebates, and resources for all your water saving needs.

Indoor Water Saving Tips
Learn how you can save water around the house at this site.

Water-Wise Tips from MUD
Water saving tips from our local water utility, MUD.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Do you ever wonder how to safely discard unwanted, unused prescription drugs?  The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  Click here for more information.

Seed Library at the Benson Branch of the Omaha Public Library
Local gardeners, farmers and library patrons can share open-pollinated seeds, as well as develop awareness and gain information about gardening and seed saving.