The Nebraska Recycling Study determined that Nebraska recycles less and discards more of its municipal solid waste than surrounding states. Because recycling is so important to improving the future of Nebraska communities, implementing strategies to enhance recycling is critical.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has produced many useful resources and data sets on recycling and sustainable materials management.
Recycle Across America has the best labels for your recycling bins. In fact, labels are free for public schools! They also have a lot of interesting recycling facts on this page.
Eco-Cycle in Boulder, Colorado has a web site full of great information. Start here and explore!
The Institute for Local Self Reliance has conducted a lot of research on materials management for communities.
The National Recycling Coalition holds regular webinars on recycling topics.
Convenience affects recycling rates. People generally recycle if it’s not harder or more expensive than throwing it away. Adding a curbside recycling program can increase diversion rates by 6-8%, and adding curbside yard waste pickup increases another 8-9%. Curbside programs that 1) collect more materials, 2) are single steam (mixed or comingled recycling) and 3) have more frequent service significantly increase diversion rates. See The 2016 State of Curbside Report for more information and visit The Recycling Partnership website for their full set of tools, publications, and resources.