Where to recycle household goods in Nebraska

The Nebraska Recycling Guide lets you search over 100 types of materials, organizations, or by location within a search radius you select.

Recycling in Omaha and Council Bluffs

The City of Council Bluffs has a website detailing their solid waste and recycling program.  The recycling center is located at 4441 Gifford Road.  They accept household hazardous waste and various recyclables, as well as taking electronics for a fee. 

The City of Omaha recycling program lists what can and can not be recycled at curbside.  There is also good information here about reducing the amount of waste you generate and a handy chart listing common items and how to dispose of them.

Surplus Building Materials

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore store accepts (and sells) used and new building materials at its area locations:

  • 1003 South 24th Street, Omaha (402) 934-1033
  • West Maple ReStore, 10930 Emmet Street (108th and Maple)
  • 645 9th Ave, Council Bluffs (712) 328-9476

Prescription Drugs

What is the safest way to dispose of household drugs?

  • At least twice a year, local communities offer drug take-back programs, which are a convenient and safe way to dispose of your drugs.
  • Follow any specific disposal instructions on the drug label or patient information that accompanies the medication. Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so.
  • If no instructions are given on the drug label and no take-back program is available in your area, throw the drugs in the household trash, but first:
    • Take them out of their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. The medication will be less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash.
    • Put them in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.

The FDA has more information available here.