The August UNO and UNMC recycling event, rescheduled from April, proved to be the most successful yet with more than 400 participants. Thank you to event volunteers: Kristina Hughes, Dakota Stock, Deb Bass, Ryan Lawson, Anita Soto, Rosie Zweiback, Peggy Heires, Tricia Saxton, Peggy Schneider, Julie Sommer, Brian Dykstra, Kyle Dykstra, Andy Balus, Brian Spencer, and Melanie Stewart.
Items Dropped Off
- 861 pounds of VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs, and floppy disks
- 15,681 pounds of electronics
- 12,876 pounds of paper for shredding
- 300 pounds of alkaline batteries
- 28,943 pounds diverted from the landfill
- 74 trees saved
- 393 gallons of oil not used
- 882,742 hours of electricity saved
- 11,949 gallons of water saved
*Estimated impact; actual totals may vary slightly depending on the exact mix of electronics and type of paper dropped off.
In addition to dropping of items for recycling, participants also donated to the community.
- 600 pounds of food/toiletries and $2,555 to the Maverick Food Pantry
- 161 pairs of eyeglasses donated to the TEI clinic
- 12.5 pounds of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House - which helps to pay their electric bill
For the last two years, the weights of the electronics collected were almost double what they were the two years before that - roughly 8,000 pounds in 2017/2018; and 15,000 pounds in 2019/2020. All other categories have increased in weight as well. More items are being recycled at these events every year. Older electronics, especially TVs, were heavier than the new models. This indicates that the quantity of electronics received has also increased. A lot of this is due to planned obsolescence.
Reduce Your Footprint and Save Money
Reducing waste is the most important step, recycling is the last resort. To reduce your environmental impact and save your money:
- do some research before buying products to see how long the product will last and consider spending a little more for something that will last longer.
- requesting electronic/online versions of statements (removing yourself from mailing lists)
- upgrading to rechargeable batteries.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.