A Guidebook of
Environmental
Service Providers
for
Southeast NE
 

October 2003

 Disclaimer

 WasteCap in no way claims the following environmental service provider lists are exhaustive and any omission is not intentional.  If your business wishes to be included in future editions of this text please contact our staff, as this guidebook is a constant work in progress.

 Thank you for your understanding.

 WasteCap of Lincoln Staff


  Guidebook of Environmental Service Providers

Table of Contents

 How to use this Guidebook

Appliances

Asphalt Shingles

Batteries

Compact Discs & Video Tapes

Computers & Electronic Equipment

Drums

Fiber - Cardboard, Magazines, Newspaper, Office Paper

Fluids - Antifreeze, Oils, Solvents

Fluorescent Light Tubes

Hazardous Wastes - Literature and Services

Lighting

Materials Exchanges

Metal Scrap

Microfilm & X-Ray Film

Oil Filters

Pallets & Wood Waste

Packaging Material

Plastics

Propane Tanks

Rags & Towels

Tires

Toner Cartridges

Windmills & Water Pump Systems

Miscellaneous Recycling Services

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

Assessment & Pollution Prevention Resources


How to use this Guidebook

Welcome to the second edition of WasteCap’s “Guidebook to Local & Regional Environmental Service Providers.”  This guide is intended to assist local businesses in locating service providers to meet all their waste reduction and recycling needs.

While this is a flagship publication for WasteCap, there are several other similar guides produced and published by other organizations.  However, in researching this project, we found similar manuals become outdated shortly after the print date. It is our hope that this manual will therefore not be seen as a duplicate of other manuals and guidebooks, but rather as part of a continuing work in progress.

This guidebook is simplified as much as possible for user convenience.  In order to be listed in this guide, businesses gave background information, confirmed their contact information, and oftentimes listed minimum specifications and pricing.  Businesses are listed in their respective areas, and we ask that your business/organization contact the service providers to receive more specific information.

The guide is alphabetical and grouped by material type.  Each material receives two pages of coverage with the first page dedicated to waste reduction and recycling suggestions and further research information.  If you wish to visit the suggested websites, simply type in the web address or find the source by listing key words on a search engine or click on the listed web address. The second page lists the known local service providers for that material.  Also included in the guide are sections on miscellaneous recycling services, environmentally friendly purchasing, and a listing of agencies dedicated to helping improve your business’ waste reduction and recycling program.  A more detailed index by material type is also found at the end of the guide for fast and easy reference. 

Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements. 

Enjoy the guidebook, and please, don’t hesitate to give us feedback on this manual so that we can continue to improve upon it in future editions!

WasteCap of Lincoln Staff

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Batteries

Many types of batteries are considered to be “universal wastes” and should be disposed of properly.  All batteries contain toxic substances, but certain battery types cause more concern when mixed in with regular trash.  The primary concern is generally batteries that specifically contain mercury, cadmium, or lead.  Check with EPA's list of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals (PBTs) to identify the battery types that are targeted as priority substances for waste minimization.

For More Information, Consult These Sites: 

Recycle Your Rechargeable Batteries - RBRC

http://www.rbrc.org  

The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) is a non-profit public service organization created to educate the public about the benefit of recycling batteries.  This website not only gives you an overview of rechargeable battery recycling, but it can also help you locate recycling centers in your area.

Product Stewardship: Batteries - US EPA

http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/reduce/epr/products/bresources.html

Explains the various battery types, what research has been completed on battery recycling, existing laws monitoring battery waste, and where to go for more information.

Battery Recycling Fact Sheet - Inform, Inc.

http://www.informinc.org/fact_CWPbattery.php

A comprehensive site listing such topics as why batteries should be recycled, battery waste prevention strategies, battery chemistries, and the status of battery recycling in the US.

Battery Recyclers
 
A-Tec Recycling
Des Moines, IA
Phone (800) 551-4912
www.a-tec-recycling.com
Battery Patrol
Lincoln, NE
Phone (888) 411-6975
**Environmental Compliance Enterprises, LLC
Lincoln NE
Phone (402) 466-2268
Harold’s Battery Service
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 466-8667
Husker Battery
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 861-1634
MSE Environmental
Camarillo, CA
Phone (805) 987-0217
www.terisna.com
Mercury Waste Solutions, Inc.
Roseville, MN
Phone (651) 628-9370
www.mwsi.com
NuGenesis, Inc.
Plainfield, IN
Phone (317) 838-8208
Onyx Superior Special Services
Port Washington, WI
Phone (800) 831-2852
www.onyxes.com
Rechargeable Battery Recycling Coalition
Maple Lake, MN
Phone (302) 963-2232
www.rbrc.org
The Battery Recycler
USA
Phone (800) 300-8930
Retrofit
St. Paul, MN
Toll Free (800) 274-1309
www.retrofitcompanies.com
 Safety Kleen
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 333-6321
www.safety-kleen.com
T.O. Haas Tire
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 474-1525
Univar USA, Inc.
Omaha, NE
Phone (800) 909-4897
www.chemcare.com

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.

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Computers & Electronic Equipment

Computer and electronic waste is one of the fastest growing concerns in the recycling industry.  Serious environmental concerns are imminent and the sheer volume of electronics reaching end-life further underlines the need for responsible action.  The cathode ray tubes (CRTs) in most computer monitors and television screens have x-ray shields that contain 4 to 8 pounds of lead, mostly embedded in glass.  The central processing unit (CPU) of a PC typically contains toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium.  Because of the lead content in the CRTs they are considered a hazardous waste.  Furthermore, businesses in Lincoln and Lancaster County cannot dispose of any hazardous wastes in our local landfill. 

Electronics that are “still usable” should be donated for reuse and redistribution.  Electronics that are not usable or are outdated should be sent to a “legitimate refurbisher” for proper testing, dismantling and recycling of the components.  Each service provider listed offers a different specialty and has differing fees for services.  Please contact the service provider for more detailed information.  

For More Information, Consult These Sites: 

Preventing Computer Waste – Inform, Inc.

http://www.informinc.org/fact_CWPcomputer.php

Discusses the benefits of computer waste reduction, waste prevention strategies, values of leasing and take-back agreements, environmental factors to consider when purchasing a computer, case studies for Extended Product Responsibility (EPR), and government efforts to prevent computer waste in the United States.

Reuse and Recycling Options for Computer Waste – Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department

http://www.ci.lincoln.ne.us/city/health/environ/pollu/gen/compfact.htm

Explains why computers are a hazardous waste and gives contact information for several materials exchanges, recycling, and donation opportunities.

Electronic Product Recovery and Recycling (EPR2) Project – National Safety Council’s Environmental Health Center

http://www.nsc.org/ehc/epr2.htm

The EPR2 Project helps identify and prioritize ways to overcome market, economic, regulatory, administrative, and institutional barriers to effective management of electronic equipment throughout its life cycle.

Computer & Electronic Equipment Recyclers
 

A-Tec Recycling 
Des Moines, IA
Phone toll free (800) 551-4912 
www.a-tec-recycling.com
Computer Renaissance
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 465-4040
www.crlincoln.com
**CP Recovery
Omaha, NE
Toll Free (888)411-6975
www.cprecovery.com
**Electronics Recyclers
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 658-9682
InfoLinc Computers, Inc.
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 488-3434
**Environmental Compliance Enterprises
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 466-2268
Junkman's Recycling
Kearney, NE
Phone (308) 236-8996
Midwest Electronic Recovery
Walford, IA
Phone (319) 845-2000
MSE Environmental
Camarillo, CA
Phone (805) 987-0217
www.terisna.com
Media Recovery
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 484-8200
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 331-9000
www.mediarecovery.com
Mercury Waste Solutions, Inc.
Roseville, MN
Phone (651) 628-9370
www.mwsi.com
NuGenesis, Inc.
688 Tower Road
Plainfield, IN 46168
Phone (317) 838-8208
Onyx Superior Special Services
Port Washington, WI
Phone (800) 831-2852
www.onyxes.com
Rainbow Computers
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 467-2225
**Retrofit Recycling
2960 Yorktown Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55117
Phone (651) 651-1309
Toll Free (800) 274-1309 
Univar USA, Inc.
Omaha, NE
Phone (800) 909-4897
www.chemcare.com
Waverly Computer Scrappers
Waverly, NE
Phone (402) 786-3933


Computer Donation Agencies
 

Catholic Schools
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 488-2040
**Lincoln Action Program
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 471-4515
www.lincolnaction.org
Lincoln Public Schools
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 436-1750
www.lps.org
SDMS, Inc.
Lincoln, NE
Phone (888) 464-4358
www.sdmsinc.com
Tech Connectors
Cozad, NE
Phone (800) 652-0033
www.techconnectors.net
TechConnectors
Omaha, NE
Phone (877) 201-4141
www.techconnectors.net

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.

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Drums

Many businesses purchase their manufacturing products, including chemicals and paints, in plastic and steel drums.  Disposal of these drums tends to sometimes cause headaches for businesses.  The best option is to work with your supplier to develop a take-back program.  This encourages “closed-loop recycling.”  If this is not a feasible option, there are other recycling options available.  Before recycling, make sure to follow all environmental regulations for removal of original contents.  This may require triple-rinsing of chemicals and other materials, dependent on the type of materials contained in the drum.  For specific questions and concerns, contact your local health department, the NDEQ or one of the listed recyclers. 

For More Information, Consult These Sites: 

Best Management Practices for 55-Gallon Drums – New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

http://www.des.state.nh.us/factsheets/sw/sw-29.htm 

Discusses specifications for drum collection and re-use.

Re-use and Recycling of Drums Iowa’s Land Quality and Waste Management Assistance Division

http://www.state.ia.us/dnr/organiza/wmad/main/inside/recyclingdirectories/recyclingdirectory/drums.htm

Includes information about EPA’s guidelines for reconditioned drums and why drum recycling is important.

Interpreting MSDS sheets – Oxford University

http://ptcl.chem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/interpretingmsds.html   

Includes guidance on how to interpret an MSDS sheet.  This site provides an example data sheet to which it dissects and explains the parts.

Computer Donation Agencies
 

  **Alter Scrap  
Lincoln NE
Phone (402) 476-3306
Grand Island, NE
Phone (308) 381-0600
Norfolk, NE
Phone (402) 371-2200
Hoover Material Handling Group
Beatrice, NE
Phone (402) 223-2324
www.hooversolutions.com
**Jones Barrel
Omaha, NE
Phone (
800) 850-6416
Onyx Superior Special Services
Port Washington, WI
Phone (800) 831-2852
www.onyxes.com
 Safety Kleen
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 333-6321
www.safety-kleen.com

Trader Dick
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 464-5285

6 Barrel Minimum, must be usable condition & contain non-hazardous material.

 

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.

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Fiber - Cardboard, Magazines, Newspaper, Office Paper

Fiber products encompass a myriad of paper products.  Fiber can be separated into many categories, such as cardboard (OCC), office paper (OFF), magazines (MAG), newspapers

(NEWS/ONP), mixed paper, and phonebooks.  Typically, fiber products represent a large percentage of business solid waste.  Often referred to as the “low-hanging fruit,” fiber products are easily recyclable and businesses generally see direct cost savings benefits from reduced garbage services fees.  The burden on the municipal solid waste collection and disposal systems decreases with increased recycling efforts by businesses. 

For More Information, Consult These Sites: 

Junk Mail Waste Prevention Kit – Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks, Solid Waste Division – King County, Washington

http://dnr.metrokc.gov/swd/resrecy/wasteprevention/junkmail.shtml  

Great tips and contact information for how to rid your home and business of junk mail.

Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide for Businesses – WasteCap of Lincoln

http://www.wastecaplnk.org/guide.pdf

A helpful tool for businesses to target specific waste streams for reduction and/or recycling.

 

Fiber Recyclers
 

**Firstar Fiber Recycling
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 894-0003
www.firstarfiber.com

Industrial Services, Inc.
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 467-3581

**Midland Recycling
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 476-8502
www.midlandrecycling.net

Midwest Refuse
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 438-4777

Omaha Paper Stock
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 392-2007

**Recycling Enterprises
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 421-6655
[email protected]

Von Busch & Sons
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 475-5197
Offer 20, 30, 40 yard & roll-off containers

**Roberts Recycling
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 483-2477

Weyerhaeuser
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 453-8755
www.weyerhaeuser.com


Shredding Services
 

Infosafe Shredding Inc.
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 891-2688

**Midland Recycling
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 476-8502
www.midlandrecycling.net

**Recycling Enterprises
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 421-6655
[email protected]

**Roberts Recycling
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 483-2477

**Shredding Solutions
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone (402) 474-6815
www.shredding-solutions.com

**Shred All (Iron Mountain)
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 891-4848
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 477-2333
Des Moines, IA
Phone (800) 870-9030
www.shredall.net

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.

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Fluids - Antifreeze, Oils, Solvents

While fluids such as oil, antifreeze, hydraulic fluid, and solvents are essential components of several industries, their disposal presents a management challenge due to toxicity and widespread use.  Finding ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle such fluids will protect the environment and conserve operations and maintenance resources otherwise spent on disposal of old materials as well as the purchase of new materials.  Check with your local health department, the NDEQ or the service providers listed for any specific questions to ensure that you meet all applicable environmental requirements for fluids processing. 

For More Information, Consult These Sites:

Solvent Alternatives Guide (SAGE) – RTI International

http://www.clean.rti.org/

Provides information on solvent and process alternatives for parts cleaning and degreasing. Includes a comprehensive listing of existing and new cleaning technologies, state technical assistance providers, and a process conversion checklist.

Waste Antifreeze: Management Requirements for Handlers and Transporters – New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services

http://www.des.state.nh.us/factsheets/hw/hw-4.htm 

This environmental fact sheet explains the requirement for handlers and transporters for antifreeze based on generator status.

Used Oil Recovery – Department of Environmental Quality

http://www.deq.state.or.us/wmc/solwaste/oil.html 

Includes fact sheets about oil generators, transporters, collection facilities, burners, marketers, and space heaters.

Hazardous Waste Minimization Checklist and Assessment Manual for Auto Paint Shops – California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control

http://www.p2pays.org/search/pdfframe.asp?pdfurl=/ref/07/06615.pdf

Contains several worksheets about source reduction, recycling, and economic analysis for the auto painting industry.

Fluid Recyclers

 

Antifreeze Recyclers
Valley, NE
Phone (402) 359-5657
Barton Solvents
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone (712) 322-2509
**Environmental Compliance Enterprises, LLC Lincoln NE
Toll Free (888) 212-2839 
Jebro Oil 
Sioux City, Iowa
Phone toll free (800) 231-8555 
www.jebro.com
MSE Environmental
Camarillo, CA
Phone (805) 987-0217
www.terisna.com
Mercury Waste Solutions, Inc.
Roseville, MN
Phone (651) 628-9370
www.mwsi.com

Otte Oil and Propane
Davey, NE
Phone (402) 785-2365

Safety Kleen
Omaha, NE 68144
Phone (402) 333-6321
www.safety-kleen.com
Univar USA, Inc.
Omaha, NE
Phone (800) 909-4897
www.chemcare.com

 

Oil Filter Recycling

 

Filter Recovery Services
Hastings, NE
Phone (402) 984-0542
Product Recovery & Recycling
Fort Calhoun, NE
Phone (402) 444-4486
Action Oil Filter Recycling
Malcom, NE
Phone (402) 580-0602

 

Fleet Maintenance
 

All Star Rewards
Des Moines, IA
Phone (877) 834-2003
fuel-efficient lubricants, safety manuals
Lubrication Engineers
Lincoln, NE
Phone (800) 537-7683
Phone (402) 430-7829
www.le-inc.com
fuel-efficient lubricants

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.

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Fluorescent Light Tubes

There are several varieties of mercury-containing lamps in use today; those include fluorescent lamps, high-pressure sodium lamps, mercury vapor lamps, metal halide lamps, and ballasts.  All fluorescent light tubes contain small quantities of mercury that may be harmful to the environment and also may be listed as Universal Wastes with the US EPA.  If your business uses any of the above-mentioned bulbs, you need to dispose of them in a proper manner.  Recycling the bulbs is the preferred method.  In all cases, there is likely to be a service charge for recycling bulbs.  The service charge, quantity of bulbs, and pick up schedule are determined cooperatively with your chosen recycling vendor.

For More Information, Consult These Sites:

Fluorescent Lamp Disposal – EPA Green Lights

http://es.epa.gov/techinfo/facts/pro-fs2.html 

This fact sheet explains the regulations concerning fluorescent light tubes, high intensity discharge lamps, and fluorescent lamp ballasts.

Lamp Recycling - National Electrical Manufacturers Association

http://www.nema.org/lamprecycle/

This page is a resource for any light bulb ("lamp") user seeking details on recycling spent mercury-containing lamps.  Includes a list representing virtually all manufacturers of mercury-containing lamps sold in the United States.

Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide for Businesses – WasteCap of Lincoln

http://www.wastecaplnk.org/guide.pdf 

A helpful tool for businesses to target specific waste streams for reduction and/or recycling.

 

Fluorescent Light Tube Recyclers
 

A-Tec Recycling
Des Moines, IA
Phone (800) 551-4912
www.a-tec-recycling.com
**Environmental Compliance Enterprises LLC
Lincoln, NE
Toll Free (888) 212-2839
HTR Group
Lake Ozark, MO
Phone (573) 302-7575
MSE Environmental
Camarillo, CA
Phone (805) 987-0217
www.terisna.com
Mercury Waste Solutions, Inc.
Roseville, MN
Phone (651) 628-9370
www.mwsi.com
Midwest Lamp Recycling
Madison, WI
Phone (800) 311-9636
www.budgetlampreclaimers.cnchost.com
Onyx Superior Special Services
Port Washington, WI
Phone (800) 831-2852
**Retrofit Recycling 
St. Paul, MN
Toll Free (800) 274-1309
Safety Kleen
Omaha, NE 68144
Phone (402) 333-6321

www.safety-kleen.com
Univar USA, Inc.
Omaha, NE
Phone (800) 909-4897
www.chemcare.com

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.

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Metal Scrap

Nearly half of the metal we use in the US is recycled, some from appliances.  Metal recycling is the oldest of all recycling processes and is still the most recycled of all commodities, generating a recycling rate of over 90%.  Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals are recycled into new products very easily.  Despite market fluctuations, metals do have great market value.  In addition, recycling metals versus mining and producing virgin metal products uses 90% less energy, and cuts air pollutants by as much as 95%.   

For More Information, Consult These Sites:

Steel Recycling Institute

http://www.recycle-steel.org/mainpage.html

The Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) is an industry association that promotes and sustains the recycling of all steel products.  The SRI educates the solid waste industry, government, business and ultimately the consumer about the benefits of steel’s infinite recycling cycle.

Scrap Metal Management – New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

http://www.des.state.nh.us/factsheets/sw/sw-19.htm 

Explains the composition of scrap metal waste streams as well as the alternatives to landfill disposal.

Steel Works – American Iron and Steel Institute

http://www.steel.org/hotlinks/#market 

This website contains a multitude of links about steel, from research and technology to on-line trading, buying, and selling.

Metal Scrap Recyclers
 

A-Can Recycling Center
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 421-9101
*Accepts aluminum and steel cans   
Ak-sar-ben Scrap & Recycling
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 341-3796
*Accepts aluminum, copper, and brass  
All Metals Market
Fremont, NE
Phone (402) 721-2985
*Accept non-ferrous copper, brass and aluminum
  **Alter Scrap  
Lincoln NE
Phone (402) 476-3306
Grand Island, NE
Phone (308) 381-0600
Norfolk, NE
Phone (402) 371-2200
City Iron & Metal Co.
Hastings, NE
Phone (402) 462-6016
Columbus Metals
Columbus, NE
Phone (800) 666-8210
J & M Steel
Hastings, NE
Phone (402) 461-3815
Kramers Auto Parts & Iron Co.
Grand Island, NE
Phone (308) 384-1116

**Midland Recycling
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 476-8502

Midwest Metals Recycling
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 345-6624
*Accepts all non-ferrous metals
**Recycling Enterprises
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 421-6655
River City Recycling
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 731-0414

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.

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Oil Filters

Oil filters are prevalent in our world of gas-powered engines.  A new item to the guidebook, we are pleased to present service providers with alternatives to questionable oil filter disposal.  The filters are processed and made into new steel products, which in turn reduces the need for limestone in the steel-making process.  

Oil Filter Recyclers
 

Filter Recovery Services
Hastings, NE
Phone (402) 984-0542
Product Recovery and Recycling
Fort Calhoun, NE
Phone (402) 444-4486

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Pallets & Wood Waste

Pallets are a common waste among many business types and represent a major use of US lumber that often turns into waste after only a few uses.  The Wood Pallet and Container Association estimates that more than 50 percent of wood pallets are reusable and are reused an average of four times per year.  One option to reduce pallet waste is to use reusable pallets in house or utilize a take-back program set up with your suppliers.  When this option is not viable, recycling and reuse are the options of choice. 

Many businesses struggle to implement pallet recycling programs due to the varied and odd-sized pallets received from their suppliers.  Some service providers are willing to take all sizes of pallets.  Businesses with pallet recycling programs not only save hundreds to even thousands of dollars per year in avoided landfill disposal fees but can also help to reduce the waste being sent to our local landfills. 

For More Information, Consult These Sites: 

Pallet Management and Waste Reduction North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance

http://www.p2pays.org/ref/03/02765.pdf

Shows businesses how to examine their pallet use, improve their pallet management system, and reduce associated waste.  Issues addressed include pallet recycling, third party management, and comparison of plastic, metal, corrugated pallets, wood pallets, and slip sheets.

Pollution Prevention Pallet Management Fact Sheet – Virginia Office of Pollution Prevention

http://www.p2pays.org/ref/10/09829.htm 

Lists techniques and tips for managers and owners who have problems with accumulating pallets and associated disposal costs. 

Are You Wasting Pallets and Money? Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance

http://www.p2pays.org/search/pdfframe.asp?pdfurl=/ref/04/03998.pdf 

Explains how to save money and reduce waste by rebuilding, reusing, and recycling old pallets.  Several alternatives to wooden pallets are also listed.

Pallet & Wood Waste Recyclers
 

Buy Rite Pallets
Bronson, IA
Phone (800) 365-3666
**City of Lincoln
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 441-8215
Custom Sawmill
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 345-3409
Hastings Pallets
Hastings, NE
Phone (402) 461-3202
KKL Wood Products
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 345-7670
M & S Recycling
Cook, NE
Phone (402) 864-4511
Palleton of Fremont
Fremont, NE
Phone (800) 364-6099
Palleton of Nebraska
Grand Island, NE
Phone (308) 381-0928
Pallets Plus
Blue Springs, NE
Phone (402) 645-3568
Quality Pallets
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 345-7670
Grand Island, NE
Phone (800) 725-5383
River City Recycling
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 731-0414
Rivers Metals
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 466-2329
Min. ten reusable 4x4 pallets per pick-up

Stewart Trucking & Pallet, Inc
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 464-5021
Minimum pickup of a trailer load.

TMCO, Inc.
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 476-0013
6-50 reusable 42x42 in. pallets per pickup
Trade Well Pallets
Ashland, NE
Phone (402) 944-3991
Tritz Pallets
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 566-6177

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.

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Packaging Material

Packing peanuts are a packaging product made of expanded polystyrene. Each “peanut” is over 99.6% air.  It consists of small pieces of sturdy protective packaging that is used to fill in the empty space between merchandise and exterior cartons.  Many businesses reuse their in-coming packaging materials to send out their products.  Some businesses are unable to reuse the packaging for various reasons. 

Currently, there are no local recycling options for expanded polystyrene.  For those businesses with excess peanuts, there are several companies that are purchasing peanuts at a high cost and would be happy to reuse peanuts that otherwise would be headed for the landfill.  It is a win-win situation for both businesses: one with reduced landfill and service fees and the other with less costs for new product!

For More Information, Consult This Site:

Packing Peanuts – Plastic Loose Fill Council (PLFC)

http://www.loosefillpackaging.com/default.asp

The Plastic Loose Fill Council (PLFC) was founded in 1991 to develop, promote and implement the original use and subsequent recovery, reuse and recycling of polystyrene loose fill, commonly known as “packing peanuts.”

The Council operates the Peanut Hotline, the national reuse program for plastic loose fill, and can also help you locate a local peanut recycling center.

Packing Peanuts Re-users
 

Grama’s Inc.
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 464-2661  
Call first, 10 mile pick-up radius, no charge

Holiday House
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 434-7520  
Call first, 10 mile pick-up radius, no charge

Nebraska Baskets
Phone (402) 438-3111 or
(800) 345-7725
Call first, 10 mile pick-up radius, no charge,
High volumes Oct. - Dec.

Hollman Foods
Minden, NE
Phone (308) 468-5635
Call first, no charge, pick-up in Lincoln every other week


Polystyrene (Molded) Recyclers

Premier Industries
Mead, NE
(402) 624-2457 or (877) 385-7985
www.premier-industries.com

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.

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Plastics

For convenience, durability and weight, plastics are used more and more each day.  According to the EPA, plastic makes up about 7 percent of the waste stream by weight, but closer to 20 percent when waste stream volume is considered.  While plastic recycling has increased substantially, EPA estimates that less than 1 percent of plastics are currently being recycled.  Although there are many markets for Polyethylene (PET) and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), the complex nature of the more uncommon plastic grades makes it difficult to find markets for post-industrial plastic scrap.  Businesses should have information regarding plastic grade, melt-point, density, and the original MSDS sheets from the plastic resin when calling potential markets.  Product samples and other information may also be requested.  

For More Information, Consult These Sites:
 

Plastics:  Recycling and Beyond – Plastics Resource

http://www.plastiOcsresource.com/recycling/index.html

A comprehensive tool for both communities and businesses that includes background information, recycling statistics, and a recycled plastics market database.

Frequently Asked Questions – American Plastics Council

http://www.americanplasticscouncil.org/top_level/glossary.html

The APC addresses questions specific to plastics concerning resource conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, recovery, waste-to-energy, and land filling.

Plastics Recycling – Ohio Department of Natural Resources

http://www.ohiodnr.com/recycling/awareness/facts/factsheets/Plastics.htm

This site explains benefits of plastic recycling, describes in detail the numbering system for plastics, and lists important facts about plastic recycling.

Plastics Recyclers
 

Champion Polymer Recycling
Winchester, KY
Phone (800) 203-9158
www.infiltratorsystems.com
DMR
Bolckow, MO
Phone (816) 428-2101
Jayhawk Plastics
Olathe, KS
Phone (800) 444-9789
www.jayhawkplastics.com
Kings Enterprise
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 968-1975
[email protected]

**Midland Recycling
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 476-8502
www.midlandrecycling.net

Midwest Recycling Co., Inc.
Clarinda, IA
Phone (712) 542-3383
Norfolk Recycling
Norfolk, NE
Phone (402) 371-8939
**Recycling Enterprises
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 421-6655
[email protected]
Sandhills Plastics
Kearney, NE
Phone (308) 236-5025
www.sandhillsplastics.com
Trex
USA
Phone (800) 742-1035

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.

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Tires

Estimates of the number of "scrap" tires in stockpiles around the United States range from 500 million to 3 billion.  An additional 270 million tires become scrap tires every year.  Illegal or improper dumping and stockpiling of scrap tires pose serious health and environmental risks.  In Nebraska, tires have been banned from landfill disposal.  With this ban, a fee is imposed on the purchase of new tires to assist with the cleanup and management of scrap tires.  Proper management of scrap tires is essential for a clean, healthy environment in Nebraska.  Tires can be used to make playing fields, as an asphalt additive for roads, in engineering processes, and many other interesting products.  Purchasing recycled products made from old tires and scrap rubber helps to create stable markets for continued scrap tire recycling.

For More Information, Consult These Sites:

Scrap Tire Recycling - US Dept. of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

http://www.eren.doe.gov/consumerinfo/refbriefs/ee9.html

Explains how to get the most life out of your tires in addition to ways to recycle and reuse them.  Also lists statistics as to how many scrap tires are produced each year.

State Scrap Tire Programs: A Quick Reference Guide: 1999 Update -

US EPA

http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/tires/scrapti.pdf

Provides in-depth research on the subject of scrap tire recycling as well as disposal, storage, and processor regulations, financial/market incentives and contact information for each state.

 

Tire Recyclers
 

Central States Tire Recycling
Wisner, NE
Phone (800) 871-5328
Phone (402) 529-3589
**Champlin Tire Recycling
Concordia, KS
Phone (800) 295-3345
Industrial Services, Inc.
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 467-3581
Lee Pester
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 464-3195
NuGenesis, Inc.
Plainfield, IN
Phone (317) 838-8208

River City Recycling
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 731-0414
 

Tire Recycling Center
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 467-4044
[email protected]

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.

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Toner Cartridges

Toner cartridges are one of the most convenient products to recycle –a simple way to keep valuable materials out of landfills and expand your recycling program.  Used cartridges that are returned to the original manufacturer, or to a recycler, are disassembled.  Some of the existing parts are reconditioned to “like-new.”  Parts, like some plastics, that cannot be reconditioned, are ground up and used for other products.  Many of the stereotypes of remanufactured products are long since proven wrong with new technologies to generate a high-quality toner product, at a lower cost than new.

For More Information, Consult These Sites:

Toner Cartridges Fact Sheet – Inform, Inc.

http://www.informinc.org/fact_CWPtoner.php

Explains how your business can reduce waste and pollution associated with toner cartridges and the advantages of using remanufactured cartridges.  Also discusses how to structure bids to receive high-quality remanufactured toner cartridges and how to locate a cartridge remanufacturer in your area. 

Remanufactured Toner Cartridges – Recycle Iowa

http://www.recycleiowa.org/pdf/product_bulletin_toner.pdf

Includes information concerning quality, cost comparisons, availability, and supplier information for purchasing remanufactured toner cartridges. 

Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide for Businesses – WasteCap of Lincoln

http://www.wastecaplnk.org/guide.pdf

A helpful tool for businesses to target specific waste streams for reduction and/or recycling. 

Toner Cartridge Recyclers
 

Cartridges for Kids
Fort Collins, CO
Phone (800) 420-0235
www.cartridgesforkids.com
[email protected]

ECCO Recycles
Kent, WA
Phone (800) 368-5881
www.eccorecycles.com

Will pay up to $10 for used cartridges  

Full Circle Image
210 Skyway Road
Lincoln, NE 68505
Phone (402) 489-0412

Will take most types of toner cartridges, call for more information.

Laser Products & Services Group
Beatrice, NE
Phone (800) 728-2215

**Latsch’s
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 323-7222
www.latschs.com

Media Recovery
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 484-8200
www.mediarecovery.com

Planet Green
Chatsworth, CA
Phone (800) 377-1093
[email protected]

Optimist Club
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 466-8421
Pick-up service, cartridges used as donation/fundraiser
 

Wagner Enterprises
Doniphan, NE
Phone (402) 744-2141 or (308) 379-7448
www.inkjetkits.net
[email protected]

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.

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Miscellaneous Recycling Services

This section has several service providers in various recycling arenas. Items are listed alphabetically for convenience.

 

Appliances
 

  **Alter Scrap  
Lincoln NE
Phone (402) 476-3306
Grand Island, NE
Phone (308) 381-0600
Norfolk, NE
Phone (402) 371-2200
NuGenesis, Inc.
Plainfield, IN
Phone (317) 838-8208

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Asphalt Shingles
 

Pavers, LLC
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 786-5900
www.paversinc.com
  

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Compact Discs & Video Tapes
 

Green Disk Plastic Recycling
Indianapolis,
IN
(317) 780-6100
no charge for service, must ship

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Hazardous Wastes - Literature and Services

(Consult the NDEQ Directory of Hazardous Waste Management Facilities

for a more complete listing of hazardous waste service providers)
 

Barton Solvents, Inc.
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone (712) 322-2509
www.barsol.com

MSE Environmental
Camarillo, CA
Phone (805) 987-0217
www.terisna.com

NuGenesis, Inc.
Plainfield, IN
Phone (317) 838-8208
Safety Kleen
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 333-6321

 





   

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Lighting
 

Precision Lighting
Lincoln, NE
Phone (800) 542-0560
Phone (402) 467-3333
www.flexiwatt.com
[email protected]

Voss Lighting
Lincoln, NE
Phone (800) 733-8677
Phone (402) 421-1129
www.vosslighting.com

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Materials Exchanges
 

The NE Materials Exchange Program
c/o Keep Nebraska Beautiful
Lincoln, NE
Phone (800) 486-4562
[email protected]

Crayons to Computers
c/o Ventures in Partnership
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 436-1948
Needs 3-ring binders, paper, pocket folders, bookshelves, file cabinets

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Microfilm & X-Ray Film
 

Central Recycling Company
Kansas City, MO
Phone (800) 359-9720

L & K Scrap
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 733-5486
Quality Silver Recovery
Gretna, NE
Phone (402) 332-5745
Media Recovery
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 484-8200

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Propane Tanks
 

Ferrelgas
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 477-5151  

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Rags & Towels
 

Ameripride Linen and Apparel Services
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 438-5781
Jackson Services, Inc.
Columbus, NE
Phone (800) 642-2824
Paramount Linen and Uniform Rental
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 435-4313
Uniservice, Inc.
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 464-6326

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Windmills & Water Pump Systems
 

Dempster Industries
Beatrice,
NE
Phone
(402) 233-4026
www.dempstertx.com   

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.

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Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

The purchasing practices of a business make a strong environmental statement all its own, hence the saying, “if you’re not buying recycled, you’re not really recycling.”  A business may have a wonderful recycling program, but if they do not buy anything that has recycled content, their recycling program is of little impact.  For businesses needing assistance in developing recycled-content purchasing or Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) guidelines, the listed service providers are a good place to start.  These companies help businesses find the opportunities available for buying recycled products to close the loop on recycling.  This type of purchasing, known as Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), can help maintain stable markets for recyclables while improving the environment simultaneously. 

For more information, consult these sites:

Environmentally Friendly Procurement - Queensland Government, Dept. of Public Works

http://www.qgm.qld.gov.au/bpguides/envir/4frien.html

Defines environmentally friendly purchasing, explains why it is important to consider the environment when purchasing, and how to incorporate it into a purchasing department.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing - US EPA

http://www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/documents/docpage.htm

EPA's Environmentally Friendly Purchasing Program details, including glossary, frequently asked questions, tools, and resources.

Buy Recycled: Train the Trainer Program - WasteCap of Lincoln

http://www.wastecaplnk.org/workshop.pdf 

This handbook was developed to provide you with information and examples of how to design your purchasing program and procurement processes to be more environmentally responsible.  This is a tool that can be used by anyone who purchases products or services or makes specifications for such acquisitions.

Cleaning Products
 

John Day Company
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 488-9699
www.johnday.com

**Open Harvest Natural Foods
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 475-2912
Peerless Wiping Cloth Co.
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone (712) 325-1115
Safety Kleen
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 333-6321
The Clean Environment Company
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 464-0988
www.cleanenvironmentco.com

 

Lighting
 

Electric Fixture & Supply
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 476-7770

Voss Lighting
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 421-1129

 Recycled Office Products

Corporate Express
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 474-4443

**Latsch’s
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 323-7222
www.latschs.com
Media Recovery
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 484-8200
Office Depot
Lincoln, NE
Phone (800) 685-8800

Recycling Containers & Dumpsters

Elliott Sanitation Equipment Co.
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 474-4840
www.elliottequipcom.com

Rubbermaid Commercial Products
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 556-6752
www.rcpworksmarter.com

Recovered Plastic

**Champlin Tire Recycling
Concordia, KS
Phone (800) 295-3345

Jayhawk Plastics
Olathe, KS
Phone (800) 444-9789
www.jayhawkplastics.com

**Businesses denoted with two asterisks (**) are WasteCap members and/or provide service to WasteCap members through master agreements.  

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Assessment & Pollution Prevention Resources

In networking with similar organizations, WasteCap of Lincoln creates a venue for your business to work with other organizations, known specifically for their waste reduction and recycling program assistance.  The businesses and organizations listed below partner with WasteCap to help educate the business sector of the Lincoln and Lancaster County area.  Their services are available for many of your waste reduction and recycling needs.

For more information on waste reduction and recycling programs, contact:
 

Businesses for Environmental Leadership
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 441-8036

 **City of Lincoln Recycling Office
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 441-8215
 
Environmental Protection Agency
Kansas City, KS
Phone (913) 551-7533
www.epa.gov
**Lincoln Electric System  
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 473-3281
 
www.les.com  
Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Dept.
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 441-8022
http://www.ci.lincoln.ne.us/city/health/  
**NE Dept. of Environmental Quality  
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 471-4217
http://www.deq.state.ne.us/  
Nebraska State Recycling Association
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 444-4188 or (800) 248-7328 (NE only)

http://www.nerecycles.org/  
Pollution Prevention Regional Info. Ctr.
Omaha, NE
Phone (402) 595-2381
http://www.p2ric.org/
City of Omaha Recycling Office
Omaha, NE
Phone (402)
444-4500
www.wasteline.org
Tetra Tech EM Inc.
Lincoln, NE
Phone (402) 474-6228
www.tetratech.com

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