“Let everyone sweep in front of their own door and the whole world would be clean.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nowadays, speaking of the twenty-first century in general, people are more concerned than ever with keeping their communities clean and litter free. County by county in every state businesses and social groups have volunteered to assist in keeping designated miles of highways and roads clear of rubbish and debris. Waste management companies have designated trucks and facilities for recyclables.
The Nebraska Waste Exchange program is a great place to start for Nebraska business owners. Whether you are a company of 1,000 plus employees or a mom and pop shop, Pete Stadig will get you going in the right direction. The list of recyclables is endless and the list of members on the Nebraska Waste Exchange Program is long. Packing materials such as bubble wrap, shrink wrap, packing peanuts, foam and rigid padding, can all be reused by other companies for their shipping needs. By exchanging with other businesses you not only save on your monthly waste management bill, but you keep the non-biodegradables out of the landfills.
First Star Recycling, the largest recycler in the Midwest, is one of the top companies working with other businesses on the program to keep the communities here in Nebraska beautiful. As Art Pawlik of First Star says, “We will take pretty much anything except for the tires and glass.” They offer a wide range of recycling solutions for schools, such as their project with Bellevue Public Schools, churches, events, composting options, recycling reviews, and more. Not only working with businesses First Star also offers no sort curbside recycling for residential neighborhoods as well.
To assist the smaller businesses in the Fremont, Nebraska area with getting their recyclables to the Omaha facility, First Star has teamed Mitch Sawyer, owner of S-2 Roll-Offs, Refuse & Recycling. One business taking advantage of this program is SingleSource Communications. “No one wants to come from Omaha to Fremont to pick up anything less than a semi-trailer full. We have a lot but not enough to fill a semi-trailer weekly”, says Brandon Bushlow, shipping manager at SingleSource. Now, S-2’s commercial sized receptacles for their recyclables have been placed and are picked up weekly. Keeping down the monthly waste management bills and keeping the non-biodegradables out of the landfills.
A great way you as an individual can help is by picking up trash and recyclables whether it is on a leisurely walk or in the parking lot of your local grocery store. We can all do our part, no matter how small, to keep our land beautiful one neighborhood, one community, one highway, one stretch of road at a time.