OMAHA SPRING CLEANUP
The Omaha Spring Cleanup program is a joint effort between the City of Omaha, Keep Omaha Beautiful, and participating neighborhood associations. The free event provides Omaha residents with the opportunity to recycle or dispose of large/bulky items that are not accepted through curbside trash and recycling services (such as old furniture, appliances, tires, and mattresses). Each year, the event is held on multiple Saturdays in April and May. For more information, visit www.wasteline.org/cleanup or call 402-444-4636.
If you have tires, you can recycle them at River City Recycling, or wait until the city's free tire recycling event scheduled for Saturday, October 21, 2017. Location TBA.
If you are a Douglas/Sarpy County resident and you need to dispose of toxic materials (paint, oil, pesticides, and other chemicals), you can drop them off for free at the Under the Sink facility near 120th & I Streets.
Results of the 2017 Event
Throughout the 2017 Omaha Spring Cleanup, 1,448 tons of bulky material were collected (that's equivalent to the weight of about 480 female elephants!). This opportunity for free, appropriate disposal helps to reduce indefinite storage of bulky items in people's basements, garages, and yards, which often turn into a haven for rodents, insects, and fire hazards. It also helps to prevent illegal dumping in wooded areas, vacant lots, and water bodies throughout the city.
The majority of neighborhood association sites offered opportunities to recycle items or divert them for beneficial reuse. Of the total material collected this year, 13% was diverted for recycling and reuse, which is a substantial increase from last year’s rate of 8%. Materials that were diverted included tires, appliances, metals, electronics, and bikes. Numerous neighborhood associations set aside other items for recycling and reclamation, but many of these efforts were not tracked and thus not included in the total recycling rate.