The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, Virginia, has awarded an $825,000 grant to the city of Omaha, Nebraska, to expand its recycling capacity to about 500,000 residents in the city. According to a news release from The Recycling Partnership, the grant will provide the city with more than 135,000 new, 96-gallon recycling carts to replace 18-gallon bins. The funding will also pay for education and outreach about the city’s new recycling collection process.
The city began rolling out the larger, lidded recycling carts in the fall of 2020 and began its automated collection Nov. 30, 2020. According to The Recycling Partnership, it selected Omaha for the grant because of the city’s dedication to advancing recycling among its 468,000 residents.
“The Recycling Partnership is proud to partner with the city of Omaha to expand recycling access for its nearly half a million residents,” says Jill Martin, director of community programs at The Recycling Partnership. “We are thrilled to support Omaha’s efforts to help residents capture more quality recyclables, unlocking critical supply for the circular economy.”
With the grant funding, the city has been able to expand its recycling collection system to increase residents’ recycling container capacity by more than five times, allowing the city to pick up recycling every other week. The Recycling Partnership reports that the new carts will enable the city to increase the quantity of recyclables it collects by about 70 percent per household annually.
“The city is very appreciative of the support we’ve received from The Recycling Partnership. It helped us in our top to bottom overhaul of waste collection in Omaha, and for a recycling program with origins back to 1976 when separate curbside newspaper collection began,” says Paul Dunn, solid waste program coordinator for Omaha.
Omaha is one of several cities to receive one of The Recycling Partnership’s Leadership Grants. Other cities that received the grant include Baltimore; Detroit; Houston; Philadelphia; Portland, Oregon; San Diego; Tacoma, Washington; Tucson, Arizona; and Washington.