Finding more recycling drop off locations in Omaha

Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 3:42 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omahans are willing participants in the city’s recycling efforts but there is a need for more drop-off recycling locations.

City drop-off recycling locations are always busy. Some people drive a long way to drop off their recyclables.

Because not all locations work.

“Well, it was a mess all the time. People, they just weren’t courteous when it comes to it, wasn’t just recycling it, was dumping whatever trash they had,” said Randy Bartlett, Alpine Auto Sales Manager.

The site behind Alpine Auto Sales near 75th and Maple was shut down after the property owner was tired of more trash being dumped than recyclables.

Two other locations on the Northside of town are also closed. Mulhall’s Nursery near 120th and West Maple is helping to fill the void.

The location is popular and the dumpsters get picked up.

“Daily... yes Daily. It’s been that successful. I think it would be great, you know the more we can get people interested in recycling product, I think it’s just fantastic,” said Bob Ewing, Mulhall’s Nursery Manager.

Sam Swanson lives in Benson and brought his recyclables here. He says a centralized location would help.

“There’s a lot of people, there a lot of bars. They’re going to have their disposables taken care of somehow. They could fill up the dumpsters which I don’t think they want to do. “We have actively been looking for a site all over the area,” said Swanson.

City Councilman Pete Festersen says finding property owners willing to donate space is difficult but that appears to be changing.

“We’re encouraged that Benson Plant Rescue has stepped up to be that location, still hashing out some final details but that would be a great location for us. We think it would be good for the area to provide that recycling opportunity for folks in Benson, in Midtown as well.

David Hibler is offering part of his property at 73rd and Maple for the city’s sixth recycling site. There’s no signed agreement at this time but Hibler says he wants to do all he can do to stop those from dumping junk here.

In the email, Hibler suggests adding more cameras to his property and aggressively finning illegal dumpers caught on videos in accordance with city ordinances. He also offers to collect old garbage cans.

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