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(October 12, 2017)

Two new recycling drop-off locations opened today in Omaha, expanding the number of sites that accept glass to nine.

“As our city grows, the need for this service has increased and we are responding to you,” said Mayor Jean Stothert.

The expansion is possible through a partnership between the City of Omaha, Keep Omaha Beautiful, and Ripple Glass of Kansas City, Missouri.

The new locations are HyVee at 178th & Pacific and Fresh Thyme at 14949 Evans Plaza. These new containers are bright purple and follow the Ripple Glass theme used in a five-state area. Omaha’s other glass containers will also be converted to the purple theme.

In late 2016, Keep Omaha Beautiful wrote a grant for approximately $14,000  to the Nebraska Recycling Council to purchase new collection containers.  The council received the grant funds from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery.

“The Nebraska Environmental Trust is very pleased to be a partner in this project to recycle glass in Nebraska’s largest city, Omaha.  Every bottle that is recycled is one less bottle in a local landfill,” said Nebraska Environmental Trust Executive Director Mark Brohman.

“The Nebraska Recycling Council was excited to provide Nebraska Environmental Trust grant funds to Keep Omaha Beautiful for these containers, and support their partnership with our friends at Ripple Glass,” said Nebraska Recycling Council Executive Director Julie Diegel. “Glass recycling in this large population center is more convenient than ever, no more difficult than a trip to the grocery store and it will have a profound impact on resource conservation, economic development, and landfill longevity in the region.”

In 2016, more than 1,200 tons of glass were collected for recycling at drop-off locations. (The City discontinued curbside glass recycling collections in 2006 due to hazards from broken glass and contaminants when it is not separated from other recyclables.) The glass is shipped to Ripple Glass where it is manufactured into new products.  Last year, the city paid River City Recycling approximately $79,000 to empty the recycling containers and prepare the glass for shipment to Ripple. 

“Ripple Glass is excited to expand our partnership with the City of Omaha to provide residents with convenient locations to recycle their glass,” said Regional Business Manager Sarah Luebe. “All of the glass recycled in Omaha is processed and made into fiberglass insulation and new bottles, which reduces waste, conserves landfill space and supports area businesses.” 

“It has been exciting to see so many different organizations come together to help make this expansion of the City’s glass recycling program happen. With more glass collection drop-off sites spread throughout Omaha, we are making it much easier for residents to recycle their glass and demonstrate their commitment to diverting material from the landfill,” said Keep Omaha Beautiful Executive Director Chris Stratman.

Stratman says when the new containers are used to capacity,  an additional 350 tons of glass will be collected annually.

The other recycling sites in Omaha are at these locations:

FULL-SERVICE SITES:

20801 Elkhorn Drive

26th & Douglas (NE corner)

75th & Corby

River City Recycling - 6404 S. 60th

Firstar Fiber - 10330 I Street

GLASS ONLY SITES:

2725 N. 62nd Street

Heartland of America Park - 800 Douglas

Information about the City’s recycling program is available on OmahaRecycles.com and in the fall edition of “Wasteline”, which will be available online Friday October 13 at www.wasteline.org.   The Wasteline publication will be delivered to homes next week.

To learn more about Ripple Glass and its recycling process, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=156&v=u_sqo-uOeG0