Give to Lincoln Day is May 28th!

Why give?

Our children aren’t thinking about microplastics in the drinking water, hazardous waste, or the trillions of pounds of trash filling up our landfills. Nebraska Recycling Council does that for them.

We work for a future in which all resources are reserved for their highest and best use, nothing is wasted, and landfill disposal is the last resort. From the Panhandle to the Missouri River, from cities to the rural heartland, we do this for Nebraska, because we love our beautiful home.

Long-term human and environmental health are dependent on managing all of our resources for the future. We help Nebraskans learn to recycle right, help communities improve materials management policies and recycling infrastructure, and help businesses reduce and recycle resources, including organics.

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, we have had to cancel some events this year that would have doubled as fundraising opportunities. We would so greatly appreciate it if you could help us reach our $4,000 goal so we may make up for the missed funds and continue our work across all of Nebraska.

Recycling doesn’t happen unless we take action and build resilient systems. We are the only organization in Nebraska to provide this type of programming statewide – from urban to rural, from elected officials to individual citizens, from single communities to regional partnerships.


Every donation makes a bigger impact on Give to Lincoln Day because we will also get a proportional share of a $500,000 match fund made possible by LCF and generous sponsors.

How do your donations help?

Donations are part of our unrestricted funds, which means the more we get, the more we can do! Your generous gifts help fund the staff to do their best work on programs such as:

Hub & Spoke. Recycling doesn’t happen unless we take action and build resilient systems. 

Nebraska Recycling Council has researched and implemented hub-and-spoke model recycling in 40 Nebraska counties. Hub and Spoke recycling saves funds and resources in small communities while increasing financial returns for larger hub communities that can then recycle more efficiently with higher density bales. 

Through this program, NRC was able to identify partnerships, opportunities, gaps, and barriers for recycling, connecting communities in a 30-mile radius for highly efficient recycling operations. We are currently building programming in Southeast Nebraska and look forward to continuing the program throughout Nebraska with Lincoln’s support.

Recycling Equipment Grants. “The recycling program was set up for an amazing young man with Down syndrome as part of a life skills curriculum. This young man helped create an entire school wide recycle program within our district. When he left the district in 2016 the Amherst National Honor Society continued the program of recycling to this current date. This has been a very good program for everyone involved to make a conscious effort to recycle in our school district.” – Roger Thomsen, Principal at Amerherst Public Schools. Funding for the equipment grants is provided by the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Waste Assessment Services. “It was during our waste audit we had a clear picture of what more we could do as a Foundation. We knew we wanted to set goals but didn’t have a baseline. We have that baseline now and have moved to zero waste from our original 17% waste diversion rate. If not for the audit we probably wouldn’t have improved so much, so quickly.” – Carrie Marshall, Arbor Day Foundation

Special Events.Even though my wife and I try to minimize the amount of materials brought into our household and recycle as much as possible via our curbside collection, some things eventually exceed their useful life and need to go “away.”  That is why I look forward to each CHaRM event that is hosted by the Nebraska Recycling Council. From obsolete electronics to wire frames from yard signs, from worn out clothing to worn out batteries, I can temporarily store them before driving to the CHaRM location, letting the volunteers remove the items from my vehicle and know they are properly taken care of from there. We extend the useful life of our public landfill, and give the materials a chance to be reused where possible.” – Tyler Mainquist, Lincoln resident

“The fall conference brings local and regional recycling experts, industry, and government together to share ideas and learn from each other. It is very interesting and informative to hear what businesses in Nebraska are doing to increase recycling and to reduce waste.” – Ruth Johnston, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy

Recycling Assistance. “Recycling can seem a bit complicated with all the different materials now being used in the manufacturing process. I rely on the Nebraska Recycling Council to guide me through the “How”, “What” and “Where” of recycling. I really appreciate the expertise they share through their website and emails or just being able to call and ask questions.” – Marty Hager, Lincoln resident