Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU) Director Elizabeth Elliott today announced plans to consolidate Lincoln and Lancaster County recycling drop off sites. The transition from 19 neighborhood sites to four or five main collection sites is expected to be completed in December and will save an estimated $2 million per year.
Elliott said the decision increases efficiency and helps the division manage budget restrictions caused by the pandemic. “Requiring our collector trucks to drive to 19 different locations to pick up bins and then transfer them to our solid waste operation is expensive and not sustainable,” Elliott said. “Consolidating the recyclables collection program is expected to reduce operation costs by $130 per ton of recycling material.”
The latest information on recycling and the consolidation is available at recycle.lincoln.ne.gov. Elliott said LTU will begin closing sites as early as next week. Signs notifying residents of site closures and directing residents to other sites will be posted during the transition. Two current collection sites have been selected as final sites: the Seacrest Field parking lot at 70th and “A” streets and the North 48th Street Transfer Station at 5101 N. 48th St. These sites will be expanded as other sites are closed. The other two or three locations have not been determined, and new sites will be available to all Lincoln and Lancaster County residents.