Recycling Information

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?

Aluminum & Steel Cans

(empty and clean)


  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Food cans
  • Beverage cans
  • Paint cans – empty and dry with lid removed

Tip: Rinse. Place end (lid) of food cans inside can and crimp closed. Labels may stay on.

Plastic Bottles & Jugs

(empty and clean)

Plastic packaging with these numbers:

Including most:

  • Water & pop bottles
  • Plastic bottles
  • Cooking oil bottles
  • Milk and Juice jugs
  • Plastic food tubs tubs
  • Plastic cups
  • Clamshell containers
  • Clear plastic packaging
  • Snap top containers
  • Plastic bottles
  • Cookie trays
  • Mouthwash bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Cleaning product bottles
  • DVD cases

Tip: Caps and lids are okay.


(all colors and types)
  • Magazines
  • Catalogues
  • Phonebooks
  • Newspaper
  • Direct Mail
  • Greeting Cards
  • Detergent Boxes
  • Paper Egg Cartons
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Paper Books
  • School Paper
  • Receipts

Tip: Packing tape and staples are okay.

Cardboard & Cartons

(flat, empty and clean)
  • Delivery boxes
  • Juice boxes
  • Milk cartons
  • Juice cartons
  • Soup and stock boxes

Tip: Flatten boxes so they will take up less room. Packing tape and staples are okay

Do NOT Include:

NO Glass

(take to drop-off location)

NO Plastic Bags or Wrap

(return to retailer or place in Energy Bag)

Do not Bag Recyclables

(recyclables must be loose in cart)

NO Tanglers

(no hoses, wires, chains or electronics)

NO Food or Liquid

(empty and rinse all containers)


  • Place items outside your cart
  • Use your old green recycling bin – find another use for it, because it won’t be emptied
  • Have items sticking out of your cart – you must be able to close the lid completely
  • Exceed the 355-pound weight limit of the 96-gallon cart
  • Leave your cart on the curb between collection days

A Word About Glass

photo of four glass bottlesGlass is not collected in the recycling carts.

Glass is recyclable if you take it to a drop-off site. More information is available about drop-off sites by clicking here.


  • Place your recycle cart at your collection point before 6AM.
  • Leave three feet of space between your waste and recycling carts.

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Hefty® EnergyBag® Program

If you choose to participate in the EnergyBag® program, place the orange bag in your recycling cart.

Additional information on obtaining and the proper use of EnergyBag orange bags may be found by clicking here.


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Remember: Place your cart directly at the curb or roadway for most homes before 6:00AM on your collection day.

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2020 Recycling

Tons Recycled: 17,378

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Recycle more in 2020!

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