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City encourages recycling in new waste management plan

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Posted By: Camila Orti

The City wants your opinion on how to make Lincoln more green and less wasteful.

Mayor Chris Beutler said in a news conference Thursday that residents in Lincoln recycle about 18 percent of their solid waste- only about half of the national average.

"Recycling and waste reduction and increased sustainability efforts in this area are something that we need to do, and this is one thing we are not doing well in this community," Beutler said.

The Health Department, Public Works, and a 20-member committee has put together a plan called 'Solid Waste Plan 2040' to guide waste management policies for the next 30 years.

One of the main ideas of the plan is to encourage more residents to recycle by making it more convenient with curb-side services for all families and businesses.

"It's not only we need to do, it's the right thing to do," one of the plan coordinators, Jack Coogan, said. "It's the right thing to do for Lincoln, and the time is now."

The City estimates curb-side recycling would only cost residents about $5 a month.

The Mayor says they hope to have the 'Solid Waste Plan 2040' finalized in November. But first, he wants to hear from the public.

There are several ways to learn about the Plan and submit your feedback:

  • Attend the open house on August 13th at the Health Department from 6 to 8 p.m. 
  • Participate in a virtual town hall meeting by logging on to (keyword: solid waste) and submitting your comments online.
  • Send an email to
  • Leave a message on the project information line at 402-441-7738
  • Or mail comments to Solid Waste Plan 2040, 2400 Theresa Street, Lincoln, NE 68521.
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