Omaha has seen a rise in recycling 12 months over 12 months

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Recycling is booming in the city of Omaha. December was the first full month that residents used the FCC’s new carts, and recycling is up nearly 35% compared to December 2019.

City guides say the switch to carts is a major reason for this.

Roadside recycling tonnage in the city of Omaha increased 34.5% in December 2020 compared to December 2019. A positive baseline metric in terms of car usage.

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“Those five containers used to be a lot to put on the curb and in that extra bag,” said Matt O’Connell, Omaha’s recycling coordinator. “In order to have capacity from one week to the next, I think people pay attention to what they put in the trash and recycle properly.”

But that’s not the only factor. O’Connell said consumption had increased.

“More people are working from home, so people are eating more at home, more shopping online, and all of these things add to the increase in material,” he said.

O’Connell said the increase in single-use containers is another big reason they are seeing an increase in recyclables – and that’s not a good thing.

“We always want to talk about reducing, reusing and recycling, because as consumption increases, there are many more single-use materials than there were 5 to 10 years ago. So we have to be aware of what we are consuming, ”he said.

The city is planning a study on how this will affect landfill tonnage and whether it will decrease the amount of trash they see.

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