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Recycling Bins are Available for Pick Up
Recycling bins are available at no cost and may be picked up from one of seven locations. For a listing of locations Click here.
Recycling Drop-off Sites
Omaha has five recycling drop-off sites. For the current list of the City's drop-off sites, click here
Omaha uses single-stream recycling collection. Packer trucks, commonly called garbage trucks, with large yellow RECYCLING signs on the side and back, collect and transport recyclables to an indoor, semi-automated sorting facility.
Please set out your green bin every time you have recyclables for collection. Recycling crews look for the green bin to identify that there are recyclables for pick up.
There are city ordinances that regulate how garbage, yardwaste and recyclables are to be prepared for collection. The two sections of the Omaha Municipal Code that relate to solid waste are Chapter 33, ARTICLE II, Division 1, Section 33, Items 21-30 and Chapter 33, ARTICLE II, Division 2, Section 33, Items 41-49. The ordinances also speak to the ownership of material in recycling bins placed at the curb.
A brochure (an Adobe® Acrobat® file) with this page's information is available by clicking here.
Recycling Collection Tips
- Write your address on the bin using a permanent marker so it can be returned if lost.
- Do not include: plastic bags, Styrofoam®, motor oil bottles, syringes, diapers, or glass of any kind.
- Remove bin from curb as soon as possible after collection.
A decal with recycling reminders is available that you can apply to your recycling bin. Call 402-444-4500 to request a decal.
In Omaha, you can recycle these items in your green recycling bin:
- To prevent litter, place in a paper sack or small cardboard box
- Do not use plastic bags
- Includes: Most all clean paper. Things like:
Magazines Catalogues Phonebooks
Newspaper Cereal Boxes Junkmail Detergent Boxes Greeting Cards Wrapping Paper Paper Books School Paper Paper Egg Cartons
- Lay sack or box either inside bin, on top of bin, or next to your bin with opening facing away from wind.
- Corrugated cardboard. Flatten. Place on ground under bin or fold and stuff multiple boxes into one box and set out next to bin.
- Packing tape and staples are OK.
- NO! Do not include: Any soiled paper or these non-recyclable items.
Paper plates Styrofoam Tissue Paper Hardbound Books Diapers Plastic Bags Rubber Bands
- Place containers loose in the bin
- Not in plastic bags or paper bags
- NO! Do not include: motor oil or auto product bottles, lawn chemical bottles.
Gable top & Aseptic cartons, including: empty juice boxes, milk cartons, juice cartons and soup boxes.
Plastic bottles, cups, caps, lids, food containers and packaging with numbers:
- Flattening plastic bottles helps prevent litter.
- Caps and lids are now OK.
- Includes: Water bottles, pop bottles, cooking oil bottles, mouthwash bottles, shampoo bottles, cleaning product bottles, milk jugs, juice bottles, margarine tubs, whiped topping tubs, yogurt containers, sour cream containers, reusable/disposable food storage containers.
Plastic bottles Clamshell deli containers Snap top containers Microwave meal trays Plastic cups Clear plastic packaging Cookie trays DVD cases
Aluminum cans & Steel (tin) cans, including: empty aerosol cans, empty and dry paint cans with lid removed. Food cans, beverage cans.
Tip: Place end (lid) of food cans inside can and crimp closed.
If you choose to participate in using Energy Bags, place them in the bottom of the green bin with heavier materials on top to prevent them from blowing out of the open bin.
Additional information on obtaining and proper use of the Energy Bag may be found by clicking here.
A Word About Glass
Glass is not collected from the green recycling bins. Glass is recyclable if you take it to a drop-off site. More information is available about drop-off sites by clicking here.
- Place all materials at your collection point by 6AM.
- Leave a couple feet of space between recyclables, garbage and yardwaste containers.
Call 402-444-5238 after 7PM on your collection day.