In Omaha, we use single-stream recycling. This means packer trucks (also called garbage trucks) marked with recycling signs collect and transport your recyclables to an indoor, semi-automated sorting facility.
Recycling is collected every other week, on the same day as waste collection. Place recyclables in your recycle cart (the one with the green lid) and set it out for collection when it is your recycling week. Find out your recycling group by clicking here and entering your address. A printable calendar to tell you which group is being collected each week is available by clicking here.
There are city ordinances that regulate how waste 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 carts placed at the curb.
What Can I Recycle Curbside?
All Clean Paper
- Junk/Bulk Mail
- Detergent Boxes
- Greeting Cards
- Paper Egg Cartons
- Cereal Boxes
- Wrapping Paper
- Paper Books
- School Paper
- Corrugated Cardboard – PREP: Flatten. Place on ground under bin or fold and stuff multiple boxes into one box and set out next to bin.
- Packing tape & staples are okay
Do not include any soiled paper or these non-recyclable items:
- Paper plates
- Tissue Paper
- Facial Tissue
- Paper Towels
- Hardbound Books
- Plastic Bags
- Rubber Bands
- Gable top & Aseptic cartons including:
– empty juice boxes
– milk cartons
– juice cartons
– soup boxes
- Aluminum cans & steel (tin) cans including:
– empty aerosol cans
– empty and dry paint cans with lid removed
– food cans
– beverage cans
TIP: Rinse. Place end (lid) of food cans inside can and crimp closed. Labels may stay on.
- Plastic bottles, cups, caps, lids, food containers and packaging with numbers:
- Flattening plastic bottles helps prevent litter.
- Caps and lids are now OK.
- Approved containers include:Water bottles, pop bottles, cooking oil bottles, mouthwash bottles, shampoo bottles, cleaning product bottles, milk jugs, juice bottles, margarine tubs, whipped topping tubs, yogurt containers, sour cream containers, and reusable/disposable food storage containers.
- Also approved are:
Plastic bottles, clamshell deli containers, snap top containers, microwave meal trays, plastic cups, clear plastic packaging, cookie trays and dvd cases.
Do not include:
- Motor Oil
- Furnace Filters
- Water Filters
- Auto Product Bottles
- Lawn Chemical Bottles
- Aluminum Foil
- Metal Parts
- Place all materials at your collection point before 6AM.
- Leave three feet of space between your waste and recycling carts.
- A decal with recycling reminders is available that you can apply to your recycling cart. Call 402-444-4500 to request a decal.
If you choose to participate in using Energy Bags, place them in your recycling cart.
Additional information on obtaining and proper use of the Energy Bag may be found by clicking here.