Recycling in Cass County...

Curbside recycling is available for residents in the cities/villages of Alvo, Louisville, Manley, Murray, Nehawka, Weeping Water, and upon request by individual trash providers in other communities. The communities of Avoca, Beaver Lake, Eagle, Greenwood, Louisville, Louisville Public Schools, South Bend and Union have a recycle trailer available for residents full time. Plattsmouth has a large blue roll off recycling container available at the east end of Main Street.

Contact the city clerk in your community for the recycle trailer location.

Most of our recyclables go to First Star Recycling in Omaha. Go to the "Recycling Guidelines" and "Recycling Nots" tabs in the main menu for more information about what to recycle in your curbside recycling bins.

To see the recent Nebraska Recycling Study Report, click on the following link:




Recycling Electronics & Appliances:

Best Buy Stores are now charging $25 each for recycling of tvs & computer monitors due to the changing markets.     

 Rules can change, so check the BestBuy website link at...

for the most current recycling information and charges.

The following is a list of other accepted items (some have fees):

Battery Backups (UPS)                      Portable Media Players

Cables and Connectors                      Portable TVs

CD/DVD Jewel Cases                         Power Inverters

DirecTV Set Top Box/Converters     Projectors

DVD/Blue Ray Players                       Remotes/Surge Protectors

Flat Panel: LCD, Plasma, LED < 50 inches            TIVO

Headphones                                         Tube TV < 32 inches

In-Dash/Overhead DVD                     TV Antennas

Internet TV Set Top Box/Satellite Receivers


Portable DVD                                       Wall Mounts


Best Buy will haul away these major appliances from your home for free when a qualifying replacement product is delivered by Geek Squad or Best Buy Home Delivery. The appliances will be properly and safely recycled.

Flat Panel: LCD, Plasma, LED > 50"  Tube & Projection TV > 32 " 

Additional Major Appliances can be removed and recycled at a cost of $20 per unit.     


Electronics and Other Scraps:

American Recycling in Lincoln accepts the following for Free:

Apple iPhones, Smart Phones and Landline Phones

Any Kind of Battery                       Keyboards with mouse

Desktop Computers                LCD Monitors

Laptops  & Printers                        Microwaves

Tablets with intact and Broken Screens

Routers, Switches, Servers     

UPS Battery Backup

There is a $10 charge for any CRT monitors.  Some flat screened and TVs Tube TVs are $1.00 per inch.

For more information consult




Recycling in the Bathroom...

·           DID YOU KNOW?

·                      RiNSING OF RECYCLABLES

You do not need to thoroughly rinse shampoo, body wash, and other bottles before recycling. Just empty the contents, replace the cap, and recycle.

·         AEROSOL CANS

Empty aerosol cans (deodorant, hairspray, and sunscreen) are recyclable with other aluminum or steel cans.


Plastic pumps in bottles (e.g. lotion) are not yet recyclable. Empty the contents, discard the pump, and recycle the bottle.

Bathroom Recycling Campaign

Currently, nearly half of Americans are not regularly recycling their plastic personal care products. To motivate more Americans to recycle in the bathroom, Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council have joined with Unilever to expand the conversation around recycling beyond the kitchen. This campaign is supported by Unilever’s annual Unilever Bright Futureinitiative, which will focus on helping people create more sustainable lifestyles starting May 2015.


Pesticide Container Recycling....


The Nebraska Extension Pesticide Container Recycling Program recycles 1, and 2.5 gallon plastic pesticide containers and 15, 30 and 55 gallon plastic crop protection drums.


The program accepts pressure-rinsed or triple rinsed 1 and 2.5 gallon plastic pesticide containers. They must be clean and drained, inside and out. Caps, labels, booklets and slipcover plastic labels must be removed. Drums must be thoroughly rinsed before delivery and should not be cut or opened in any way.


Wiles Brothers southwest of Plattsmouth collects year-round and accepts drums.


Midwest Farmers Coop, Greenwood, will collect July 1 - 31 and accepts drums.


A full list of recycling sites, guidelines and program information can be found at UNL's Pesticide Safety Education Program website at


John's Appliance in Plattsmouth recycles mercury thermostats at no charge.


The Elmwood Small Engine Repair and Recycling Center offers an opportunity for Cass County residents to recycle many products.

Located at 304 South 4th (the old lumber yard) in Elmwood, Nebraska. The center pays for most items and has pick up available. Call 402-994-3663 for more information.

Here is a partial list of what they recycle:

  • Batteries: car, tractor, computer, cordless tools, NiCad, lithium ion, NiMH, etc.
  • Metals: copper, steel, aluminum, brass, cans, barrels, and fencing
  • Electronic scrap: computers ($10 fee for monitors and tv's), stereos, cell phones, TV antennas, satellite dish, and printers
  • Appliances: water heaters, washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, and air conditioners
  • Cars, Trucks, Farm Equipment: (With title and/or bill of sale), and Material from the old tree belt
  • Anti-freeze and oil

They do not accept tires, styrofoam or fiberglass.


For other recycling needs visit the Waste Cap link below. 

WASTE CAP NEBRASKA recently developed a comprehensive recycling guide called The Nebraska Recycling Guide.

Find out where to recycle almost anything. The new and improved Nebraska Recycling Guide lets you search for over 100 types of materials, by organization, or by location within a search radius you select. You can even find special recycling events near you. Located at: Follow the link and then click on the blue Recycling Guide chasing arrows to begin your search.



The following information is provided by the Nebraska State Recycling Association.

The Nebraska State Recycling Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to resource conservation and recycling.  We aim to serve as a catalyst, improving the consumer's ability to conserve resources and meet recycling challenges, while helping to create local and regional markets for recycled materials. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and are not an agency of the State of Nebraska.

The list below is a partial list of service providers offering recycling solutions in the metro area.


* For recycling information and drop-off centers in the Omaha metro area go to:
         (Firstar Fiber, 10330 "I" Street) 

Recycling in the Bellevue, Nebraska area:
Drop off site:  211 Galvin Road North (Drop-off site).
Entrance off Smith Road.  


Oil based and latex paint can be safely disposed of by any of the following methods.

1. Add kitty litter or sawdust in the can; stir & let paint & litter dry. Then dispose of can & dry paint in the landfill trash.

2. Brush old paint on cardboard & let dry. Dispose of dried cardboard & dry paint residue in can in the landfill trash.

3. Brush/pour old paint on old carpet & let dry completely. Dispose of dried carpet & dry paint can in the landfill trash.

4. If the paint is still good, donate it to a neighbor, friend, local school or charity organization.

Never dispose of paint down the sewer or home sink drain.


Watch our website "Current News " page, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and other local print media for summer/fall Household Hazardous Waste collections that hope to be held annually in Cass County, Nebraska. (Collections are contingent upon grant funding as they are very expensive to host.)

The 2015 Haz Waste collections were held on August 14 in three locations: Wiles Brothers, Inc., Plattsmouth (7:30 - 10 a.m.); Cass County Fairgrounds, Weeping Water (11- 1:30 p.m.) and Farmer's CO-OP, Eagle (3:00 - 4:30 p.m.)

Items accepted include cleaning products, lawn and garden chemicals, small quantities of farm chemicals, paint, used oil, antifreeze, florescent light bulbs and other hazardous household items. NO tires, appliances, science lab chemicals, items containing asbestos, wood preservatives, PCB's, explosives, or commercial quantities.

Dispose of usable paint and hazardous household chemicals, yard chemicals, etc. contact:
Under The Sink at 402/444-SINK.  Located in Omaha, north of 120th &
"I" Streets.       
For residents of Douglas and Sarpy Counties ONLY, but not businesses.



*Omaha Paper Stock  -  1111 Fort Street, Omaha
402/392-2007  Check for periodic shredding events:

*International Paper  -  7202 North 16th Street, Omaha

* First Star Recycling  (Firstar Fiber)  - 10330 "I" Street, Omaha

DataShield Corporation  -  1528 North 16th Street, Omaha
402/898-5000. Security document shredding.





*  For recycling in other Nebraska communities check with the City/Village office or go to:
Select "Your Environment" then select the Recycling Directory.

Other information available at Keep Nebraska Beautiful.

*  WasteCap Nebraska     402/436-2384 in Lincoln     
See Recycling Directory at:

3,000 Mile Oil Change Often Not Necessary-

Consult your owner's manual for recommended oil change interval on your car.  Many vehicle manuals recommend 5,000 or even 7,500 miles. Changing oil according to manufacturer specifications will reduce motor oil demand by millions of gallons. Frequent oil changes do not necessarily mean better performance or longer engine life. See more at:

Car bumpers & plastic wheel-well fender liners: Recycle at First Star Recycling (Firstar Fiber), 10330 "I" Street, Omaha, 402/894-0003.

 *  BATTERIES: is a free program to recycle batteries and cell phones. Type in your zip code to find drop-off locations in Nebraska nearest you.
There are approximately 50 in the Omaha area and 20 in the Lincoln metro area.

In cooperation with, Keep Cass County Beautiful collects cell phones and rechargable batteries at the Louisville City Office, 210 Main Street, Louisville, NE and at the Plattsmouth Public Library, Plattsmouth, NE.  

Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, A, C, D, 9-volt) are safe to put in household trash. They no longer contain mercury.

Rechargable batteries should NOT go in trash, but should go to a battery retail store or distributor. This includes batteries for cordless tools, toys, etc.

Ask your nearest battery retailer whether your battery packs from power tools, electric razor or hand-vacuum can be rebuilt or reconditioned instead of purchasing new ones.

Lead acid batteries (cars, trucks, boats) should be recycled, or can often be reconditioned by a battery recycler so you can use them longer.

*Action Battery - 7911 J Street, Omaha

*Husker Battery - 7345 Maple Street, Omaha



Top 5 Reasons to Recycle

  • Conserves natural resources

Recycling conserves natural resources such as trees, water and minerals — preserving the environment for future generations.

  • Reduces the need for landfills

Recycling reduces the need for landfills and incinerators because when materials are recycled, less waste is sent to disposal facilities.

  • Prevents pollution

Recycling prevents pollution and reduces greenhouse gas emissions caused by the extracting and processing of raw materials.

  • Saves energy

Recycling saves energy by eliminating the need to extract and process raw materials.


The recycling process helps create new jobs in the United States for both the recycling industry and manufacturing.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the waste and recycling industry, currently employs more than 350,000 workers in the U.S.

Recycling can be the least expensive waste management method for cities and towns.


Sources: KAB - & April 2014






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