The updated, revised, and expanded 2015 Loup Basin Recycling Guide is coming soon! The new guide is full of recycling information for Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Howard, Loup, Sherman, Valley, and Wheeler counties. This the second year for the Keep Loup Basin Beautiful project, made possible thanks to support from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Academy of Sciences.
Affiliate Director Anita Olson said, “We wanted to create a resource for people in our area to use, to help them figure out the best way to dispose of their garbage.” She says “sending trash to a landfill is an easy, cheap option; but there are better ways to dispose of certain materials to help protect the environment, boost local economies, and help people in need.”
The guide lists many locations in the area where you can do just that. For example, instead of tossing used ink cartridges from your home printer, you can bring them to two local schools and a local youth group that are collecting the cartridges as a fundraiser.
Most recyclable commodities, including aluminum, plastic, paper, and tin cans, stay here in the Midwest. They are sold to factories that make them into new products including fence posts, insulation, pop cans, or soup cans. Recycling helps supply these factories with the material they need for production, which in turn supports job creation and the region’s economy.
Working appliances, clothing, shoes, books, electronics, eyeglasses, medical equipment, and leftover construction materials can all be reused to help people in need. Disposal of antifreeze, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, used oil, and medication is also addressed in the new guide. Safe disposal of these materials is crucial for protecting the environment.
The Recycling Guide contains an alphabetical list of locations where you can drop off the various materials. There is also a page about community recycling trailers, with a list of locations and an explanation of what can and can’t be recycled there. Watch your local newspaper for your very own copy of the 2015 Loup Basin Recycling Guide beginning April 22, Earth Day. Copies will also be available at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center in Burwell, and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful will be distributing Recycling Guides at community events throughout the spring and summer. Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification. KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska. For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at [email protected], visit www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org, or like them on Facebook. Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at 807 H St in Burwell, Nebraska.