NRC loves to acknowledge accomplishments of our members! Kudos to three champions, below.
First Star Recycling
The retrofit, to be installed in March and April, involves two optical sorters and bunkers that feed directly to an in-ground conveyor. The optical sorters will target clear HDPE and PET.
In a separate project, First Star replaced a screen for the separation of fiber and containers. This was needed before the optical sorters were installed. And in November 2016, they installed a robot for sorting clear HDPE. First Star Recycling was one of the first U.S. recycling facilities to use a robot with artificial intelligence.
“It’s really bringing us into the 21st century in terms of our capabilities.”
-Dale Gubbels, CEO
Lincoln Public Schools
LPS has won awards from the U.S. Department of Education, Keep Nebraska Beautiful and the Nebraska Recycling Council for their efforts.
Keep Keith County Beautiful/Western Resources Group
A collaborative partnership between Western Resources Group (WRG) and Keep Keith County Beautiful (KKCB) received the National First Place Award for Innovation-Partnership at the Keep America Beautiful national conference held in Dallas, Texas in January. Kurtis Olson, Plant Manager of WRG and Christine Vail, Executive Director of KKCB accepted the award.
The Western Nebraska Regional Recycling Program began in July of 2016, through a grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. WRG, located in Ogallala, serves as the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and “Hub” in this “hub and spoke” system, involving Keep Kimball Beautiful, Keep Sidney Beautiful, Keep Alliance Beautiful and eight other nearby towns and villages, with plans for expansion. WRG compensates the “spokes” based on fair market value of the commodities, and is able to cover the cost of transportation through grants from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.