The graph to the left illustrates the most favored options for managing waste. Reducing waste is the most important thing we can do in managing our trash!
We all can Reduce waste by Reusing and Recycling.
After we have Reduced, Reused, and Recycled as much of our waste as possible, we Landfill the rest of our waste. Below you will find more information on Waste Reduction strategies, as well as information on recycling, composting, yard waste recovery and landfilling. There is a lot of information contained in this booth. You will answer questions after each section.
TIPS FOR REDUCING
Only buy products that are packaged in recyclable containers. Once you use the product, the container can be recycled.
Most "chip board" packaging is recyclable and is made from recycled materials - that is a bonus!
Tin cans, certain plastics and glass bottles are all recyclable!
Reuse is the practice of using an item again. You can reuse an item in the same way it was designed to be used or you can get creative and repurpose an item for a whole new purpose.
Reusable Water Bottle and Straws
There are lots of ideas online for repurposing all kinds of stuff! Send us a picture of your repurposed project.
“Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products.”
Recycling Definition - Environmental Protection Agency.
At present, there are no free, public recycling containers available in Fremont. If you want to recycle most of the trash you create, consider hiring a curbside recycling service.
Each business charges a fee for their service and provides a list of acceptable recyclables.
Check out the curbside recyclers to find out which one is best for you and your family.
Recycle Metal and Get PAID!
All Metals Market
1225 Co. Rd. Y - 402.721.2985
All Metals Market pays you for a variety of metal items.
Main Street Metals - 1510 South Main
(All Metals Fremont Location)
*temporarily closed for road construction
Recycling is not complete until you purchase items made from recycled material. Buy recycled paper products whenever possible - you save trees and energy when you buy recycled. Look at the label and see if the product is made with recycled material.
Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas. All composting requires 3 basic ingredients:
This includes materials such as dead leaves, branches, and twigs
This includes materials such as grass clippings, vegetables waste,
fruit scraps, and coffee grounds
Having the right amount of water, greens, and browns is important
for compost development
Your compost pile should have an equal amount of browns to greens. You should also alternate layers of organic materials of different-sized particles. The brown materials provide carbon for your compost, the green material provide nitrogen, and the water provides moisture to help break down the organic matter.
TYPES OF COMPOST BINS:
WHAT YOUR FINISHED COMPOST WILL LOOK LIKE!
Learn more https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home
In Nebraska, yard waste is defined as grass clippings and leaves. From April 1st through November 30th of each year, we are not allowed to put yard waste in with the regular trash. Homeowners may contract with a hauler and pay the hauler to take their yard waste to the Transfer Station (located at 1200 Hamilton).
People may also take their bags of yard waste to the Transfer Station and pay a fee.
The yard waste is taken from the Transfer Station to the City Compost Facility. There are grass clippings and leaves decay and are turned into a nutrient rich material that is applied to farm fields.
Reduce Yard Waste
WHAT TO COMPOST
& WHY. . .
The last and least desirable option for waste management is LANDFILLING.
When you have Reduced, Reused and Recycled as much of your trash as possible, the remainder needs to be disposed of properly. The trash you put in your home trash can is taken to a landfill. In the United States nearly 66% of our garbage goes to the landfill. The trash in Fremont is taken to the Northeast Nebraska Solid Waste Coalition Landfill located in Clarkson, NE.
The drawing above shows the various parts of a landfill.
WHAT IS A LANDFILL?
Monday - Friday
*Open By Appointment
If you see someone litter from their vehicle, report the incident by calling the Nebraska Litter Hotline.
1-877-NO LITTR or 1-877-665-4887
Please include the following information: