OMAHA SPRING CLEANUP
The Omaha Spring Cleanup (OSC) 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).
This year, the event will take place during six consecutive Saturdays: April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, and May 19. Check out this interactive map to find your neighborhood's site location. For more information, visit www.wasteline.org/cleanup or call 402-444-4636.
If you need to recycle or dispose of bulky items before or after OSC, you are encouraged to utilize River City Recycling or Pheasant Pointe Landfill. Tires can be recycled at River City Recycling for a fee outside of OSC dates.
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.
Are you an Omaha Spring Cleanup Site Coordinator? Find your resources here.
Appliances, tires, and lead acid batteries are accepted as part of the Spring Cleanup, but they are considered “special regulated items” so they may have collection sites that differ from your neighborhood location. See the City of Omaha’s Spring Cleanup website for more information.
Large tree limbs and brush are not collected at your specific neighborhood cleanup site, but you can obtain a voucher at your site, which allows you to drop off the yard waste material for free at River City Recycling (60th & Harrison) or the Douglas County Landfill (Highway 36 and 216th Street) on the same day as your neighborhood cleanup.
The following items are NOT ACCEPTED at the Spring Cleanup: rocks, concrete, and any items that can be collected via your curbside trash/recycling service. Toxic materials (paint, oil, pesticides, and other chemicals) are also NOT ACCEPTED and should be taken to 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.