December 2022

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Happy Holidays!

We’d like to say one last thank you to everyone who supported our organization this year. Without the support of our Board, Advisory Council, Grants Review Committee, members, donors, grant funders, and friends- our mission wouldn’t be possible.

Nebraska Recycling Council wishes everyone a happy holiday season and warm wishes for the New Year!

SWANA Fall Conference

Haley recently presented on the State of Recycling in Nebraska at the 2022 NE SWANA Fall Conference. The conference was in conjunction with Nebraska Water Environment Association, American Public Works Association, and the American Water Works Association.

The conference was full of valuable content and we look forward to attending next year!

Looking for volunteers for Review Committee

Our Recycling Equipment Grant Program provides funding to communities, organizations, and businesses so they can purchase recycling and composting equipment. We recently made updates to our grant application and scoring matrix. These updates are intended to make the application and scoring process more streamlined and easier to complete for the applicant and Grants Review Committee. You can find the updated application and scoring matrix on our website.

We are looking for new members to join the Grants Review Committee! This volunteer commitment requires only a few hours a month to review and score each grant application submitted. 

If you are interested in volunteering for the Grants Review Committee, please contact Allison Majerus at

Simplify the Holidays

Americans throw away 25% more trash during the holidays-approximately an extra 25 million tons of garbage from Thanksgiving to New Years. The majority of items returned to the store are not put back on the shelf but instead sent to the landfill. About 30% of people who do not like the gift they received will throw it into the trash bin. Creating a more sustainable holiday is a great opportunity to focus on more meaning and less stuff.

What do we like about the holidays? Spending time with family and friends, eating good food, and relaxing. We, as gift givers, set the tone to encourage creativity, increase connection, ease stress, save money, reduce waste, and help the environment. A great idea for children’s gifts is to follow the phrase: “One thing they want, one thing they need, one thing to wear, one thing to read”. As we plan our teacher, coworker, friend and family gifts, keep in mind that giving comes in all forms.

Gift Ideas:

  • An experience: concert tickets or museum membership
  • Handmade or DIY: soap, bath bombs, macrame
  • Skill sharing: babysitting, dog walking, make them a meal
  • Donation or support: plant a tree, donate to charity
  • Food: gift the extras from your garden, make cookies, buy local
  • Secondhand gifts: furniture, clothing, home goods

This information is provided by the Center for Biodiversity. They created more resources for simplifying the holidays which can be found on their website. 

Congratulations, Allison!

Program Director Allison Majerus celebrated 2 years with the Nebraska Recycling Council last month. If you’ve met Allison, you’ve probably experienced her kindness and sincerity. She manages the Recycling Equipment Grant Program, social media, newsletter, webinars, and always assists with other projects as needed. Allison also started the NRC initiative to engage the disability community regarding recycling access. 

She is a friend to all and is happy to chat about recycling, dogs, music, and travel. We are lucky to have Allison on our team!

Polystyrene Collection in Lincoln and Omaha

We encourage people to do their best in reducing the amount of polystyrene they acquire, as it is not an easily recyclable material. We are lucky to have EPS Recycler Plastilite for the materials that can't be avoided. 

Organized by Elders for the Earth, churches in Omaha and Lincoln have partnered with Plastilite to offer polystyrene recycling collection during the holiday season this year.

Collection locations and dates:

First United Methodist Church

7020 Cass St.

Omaha, NE 68132


location: drop off container outside Door 4


Westminister Presbyterian Church

2120 Sheridan Blvd

Lincoln, NE 68508

dates: 11/20/22-1/30/23

location: East entry

Webinars & Events

EPA Grant Funding Webinars

November 29-January 3 (multiple dates available)


Forum: Material ReUse Deep Dive-Impact of Building Materials Reuse on Climate Change

December 7 at 10:30 am CST


Webinar: Strategies for Residential Food Waste Reduction and Composting

December 13 at 1:00 pm CST


Webinar: Ground Glass Pozzolans- A More Sustainable Solution for Recycled Glass and Concrete

December 14 at 12:30 pm CST


Articles of Interest

Recycle Holiday Lights Drive launches Tuesday

The life of a leaf: From the top of a tree to a compost pile

USCC Releases Positioning and Guidance on Statement PFAS

Job Opening

Are you passionate about sustainability and helping people develop stronger recycling programs? Firstar Fiber has vacancies for a Sales & Marketing Assistant and a Sales (Recycling Procurement) Representative. Please send your resume to

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