Waste Reduction and Recycling

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

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.

DIY Backyard composting
Learn the advantages of composting and how to compost at home.

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 a small fee to dispose of e-waste at their facility.

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.

Holiday Lights
Holiday lights can be recycled from October through February for a credit toward purchase of new LED light strings. Follow the directions on the website to ship your lights and receive your coupon.

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.

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.

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.

Prescription Drug Take-Back
Safely discard unwanted, unused prescription drugs.

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

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.

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.

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 website and read more facts and ideas about waste management, recycling and sustainability.

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.

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