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About Us

The Nebraska Recycling Coalition (NRC) is a statewide, member-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization registered in the State of Nebraska and headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Mission

The mission of the Nebraska Recycling Council is to maximize the economic and environmental benefits of resource recovery in Nebraska.

Vision

NRC works for a Nebraska where all materials and resources are reserved for their highest and best use, and landfills are the last resort.

Motto

Waste Nothing

Activities

  • Recycling/Composting Education & Advocacy: Webinars, Workshops, Green Team Training, Fact Sheets, Case Studies, Program Reports, Online Recycling Guide and Resources, Local Recycling Guides, Legislative Recycling Day.
  • Technical assistance: Zero Waste Assessments and Audits, Construction and Demolition Waste Management, Hub & Spoke Systems Consultation, End-market Research.
  • Networking, Recognition, & Events: Annual Awards Luncheon and Workshops, Regional Meetings, Earth Day, America Recycles Day.
  • Grant Funding: Recycling Equipment Grants of up to $20K each, $226,000 per year.

History

NRC was formed by the merger of the Nebraska State Recycling Association and WasteCap Nebraska on March 31, 2017.

The Nebraska State Recycling Association (NSRA) was originally formed in 1980 to support Nebraska’s nascent recycling industry.  NSRA focused on supporting recycling infrastructure for businesses, communities and nonprofits by providing small grants for recycling equipment, such as bins and containers, balers, trucks and trailers, conveyors, and etc. It also provided consultation for communities to improve recycling capacity and public awareness, and produced numerous guidance documents.

In 1992 WasteCap Nebraska (known then as INFORM) was formed as cooperative between a group of Lincoln businesses that wanted to leverage better recycling services. In the ensuing years, WasteCap Nebraska focused on providing business waste assessments, recycling best practices for business, public education, and an online, statewide “Nebraska Recycling Guide”. Later, WasteCap began working with communities to help organize around zero waste principles and infrastructure.