RELEASE: April 9, 2002
Businesses Save Big Money Recycling
A coalition of 60 Lincoln
businesses saved nearly $300,000 last year through their recycling
efforts. The 60 businesses
are members of WasteCap of Lincoln, a partnership of the Lincoln Chamber
of Commerce and the City of Lincoln.
In 2001, these businesses recycled 14,222 tons of materials from
paper and cardboard to fluorescent light tubes, metals and electronic
equipment. For the
businesses, not only does the recycling program help their business become
better stewards of the environment, but also recycling helps to deter the
cost of landfilling materials. The
landfill cost saving for these businesses last year was over $237,000.
Over the last five years, WasteCap of Lincoln member businesses
have recycled over 62,232 tons of materials for a landfill cost saving of
addition to recycling materials that would otherwise be landfilled,
WasteCap of Lincoln members save money recycling hazardous materials that
are banned from the landfill. Last
year, WasteCap members recycled 20 tons of batteries, 15 tons of ballasts,
65 tons of fluorescent light tubes and 68 tons of electronic equipment.
Each of these materials falls under a contracted price agreement
that saved members over $38,000 in recycling fees last year.
According to Carrie Hakenkamp, Director of WasteCap of Lincoln,
“In a tight economy, businesses need to look at every possible way to
save money. Waste reduction
and recycling are generally overlooked as options.
A direct, out-of-pocket saving of $300,000 is very significant to
businesses. The members of
WasteCap understand this and continue to save money each year. ”
of Lincoln assists Lincoln and Lancaster County businesses in developing
waste reduction, recycling and pollution prevention programs.
In 2001, WasteCap assisted Lincoln businesses in identifying waste
reduction and recycling opportunities that could save over $40,000.
To learn how WasteCap can help your business save money, contact
Carrie Hakenkamp at (402) 472-0888.