Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to recycle their scrap metal during November to benefit the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) recycling program. The recycling drive is being held in connection with Lincoln Recycles Day (LRD) Saturday, November 15.
Scrap metal can be taken to Alter Metal Recycling, 6100 N. 70th St., and Sadoff Iron and Metal Company, 4400 West Webster. All types of scrap metal including aluminum and tin cans, pots and pans, appliances, wiring, sinks, bathtubs and electric motors can be recycled. Customers may donate all or part of the proceeds from the scrap metal to the LPS program. At the end of the drive, the two companies will match the amount of the public donation.
Funds raised for the LPS recycling program will be used to replace aging, worn out steel recycling containers. They will be recycled as scrap metal and replaced with containers manufactured from recycled steel - closing the recycling loop. The LPS program provides recycling education and opportunities in all LPS school classrooms, offices and support buildings. Currently, LPS recycles about 1.2 million pounds of material annually, or 24 percent of its refuse.
LRD is observed in conjunction with the 17th annual America Recycles Day (ARD), recognized annually on November 15. Millions of Americans participate in the event, which is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.
"Recycling does make a difference by conserving resources and valuable landfill space," said City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon. "We have a network of 31 multi-material recycling drop-off sites in Lincoln and Lancaster County as well as private businesses that offer curbside recycling. Other businesses and organizations accept household items such as electronics, batteries, tires, compact fluorescent lamps and fluorescent bulbs for recycling."
Several other local events are planned in November in conjunction with LRD:
Paper shredding services have been donated by Recycling Enterprises and Shredding Solutions.
During November, residents are encouraged to sign a pledge to recycle at recycle.lincoln.ne.gov. For more information about LRD and local recycling opportunities, visit recycle.lincoln.ne.gov or call the recycling hotline at 402-441-8215.