The cities surrounding Omaha, Nebraska are taking very different approaches on how to tackle recycling. Environmental awareness is still a relatively new concept, especially in more urban areas. Currently, there is not a right or wrong method for recycling efforts but some cities may look at this as a lucrative opportunity.
Nebraska City is one of those cities that plan to make monetary gains off the recycling of commercial and residential locations within the city limits. The local city council will start charging households monthly fees in accordance to a meter for garbage collection. This collection service will hope to combat illegal dumping, which has been a major issue.
Recycling efforts in Nebraska City are very low and city officials fear that current non-recyclers do not participate because of poor recycling companies actions of the past. By putting a new reputable recycling company on the project, the Nebraska City City Council hopes that residences will be more inclined take part in the environmental efforts, even though they must pay for the service.
The City Council also wants to the project to take off because of the great potential of revenue to be put back into the city. Consultants on the projects estimate that the recycling could produce around $1,000,000 every year with a little more than half of that coming from residents. This could be very profitable for the Nebraska City, if it gets the support of to community.
Although, the idea of millions of dollars in revenue sounds great, low participation could hinder the ultimate goal of recycling from being reached. To get more people involved another Omaha area city plans to give residents no excuse not to recycle. The City of Ashland plans to offer curbside recycling at absolutely free of charge.
The Ashland Disposal Service (ADS) is offering this free service for many reasons but mainly as an effort for citizens of the area to practice properly recycling efforts before they become mandatory in the future. Also, ADS has taken it one step further and made it single stream recycling. This means residents do not have to sort the recyclables. As of now around 70% of Ashland is taking part in the free program and that percentage should continue to rise.
There is no right way to recycle and every individual city must find what works for them and their citizens. It may even take a few missteps before a plan actually sticks. Hopefully both of these plans work well for the respective cities and reach the ultimate goal of recycling and proper waste management.