Posts Tagged ‘live in omaha’

Rethinking Recycling with Rewards in mind

Monday, June 21st, 2010

There is a lot of talk about “going green” in our communities and a lot of action taken through recycling. Whether you acknowledge global climate change or not, most people don’t want themselves or their children to grow up in a landfill; and an easy way to prevent this is to start recycling.

One of the biggest reasons people don’t recycle is because it’s not convenient. Many communities do not offer an accessible way to recycle and instead of residents looking into how they can overcome the inconvenient challenge, they just throw everything away.

Fortunately, the Omaha-metro area does offer home pick-up of recyclables – like aluminum, plastic and paper – and stations around the city to recycle glass. Papillion Sanitation and Apple Trash are both going an extra step to ensure that the residents they service have accessible recycling that also offers rewards.

Papillion Sanitation and Apple Trash are both taking part in RecycleBank, a program which offers recyclers rewards by partnering with cities and haulers. By recycling electronics, furniture, clothes hazardous material and day to day waste, people can earn points redeemable at over 1,500 local and national retailers. Along with your weekly recyclable pickup you can call to schedule junk removal from your home.

Even if your community doesn’t offer these kinds of rewards for recycling, there are other “rewards” that can come from recycling.

According to the National Recycling Coalition, the average American discards 4.6 pounds of garbage every day. This garbage, the solid waste stream, goes mostly to landfills where it’s compacted and buried. As the waste stream continues to grow, so will pressure on our landfills, and our resources and environment will suffer.

At some point there will be nowhere else to keep our garbage. Here is a list of specific items and the pressure they cause on our landfills –
• banana – 3 to 4 weeks
• paper bag – 1 month
• cotton rag – 5 months
• wool sock – 1 year
• cigarette butt – 2 to 5 years
• leather boot – 40 to 50 years
• rubber sole (of a boot) – 50 to 80 years
• tin can (soup or vegetable can) – 80 to 100 years
• aluminum can (soda pop can) – 200 to 500 years
• plastic 6-pack rings – 450 years
• plastic jug – 1 million years
• Styrofoam cup – unknown? forever?
• glass bottle – unknown? forever?

There are 309,533,720 people living in the United States, a little over 800,000 of which live in the Omaha-metro area. If half of the people in Omaha discarded 1 tin can per day in the garbage that is 400,000 tin cans per day and 146,000,000 cans per year sitting in a local landfill. And at a decomposition rate of 100 years… that’s a lot of garbage.

Your recycling effort can start with even that one tin can per day. When you consider how many recyclable items you throw out each day, you can truly understand the personal impact you can have on changing the world by just recycling!

Omaha! Yes, You Want to Live Here

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

If you have been anywhere outside of the Midwest and you share you’re from Nebraska, you may receive comments like, “Nebraska! Why would you ever live there?”

Many people consider all of Nebraska to be open farm fields – which is not necessarily a bad thing – and don’t even consider the fact that our “big city” of Omaha would be remotely bustling, culturally diverse and full of exciting entertainment. Though we are no NYC, Omaha has a great nightlife, lots of family entertainment and is less affected by the recession than most other cities in the United States.

Nebraska, as a state, was ranked number one on MainStreet.com’s Happiness Index, which used unemployment figures, foreclosures and nonmortgage debt to determine a state’s overall financial well being. Also, a smaller city in the Omaha-metro area, Papillion, was ranked last year by money magazine as the third “best place to live” in the United States due to is impressive economic state, housing affordability, top-ranking school system and job availability.

The Greater Omaha area has a population of around 838,855, consisting of Nebraska and Iowa Counties. Omaha is on the smaller side when it comes to cities so its size allows for community development and growth, where its citizens can have a voice and be involved in local events. Also, Nebraska is proud of its rich agricultural history and some of the smaller communities in the metro area have extensive farmland with crops and livestock.

Omaha’s midtown and downtown area are continually developing with restoration of its historical buildings, construction of new restaurants, shops and living communities, along with finding new ways to develop and improve the economic state through boosting entertainment value and tourist sites.

Currently, Omaha is working on improving the value of the College World Series for both the city and all the visitors it brings. Omaha is building two new baseball stadiums, one targeting the college World Series and the other targeting Omaha’s minor league team, The Royals.

In the past, the two events have shared the same venue, Rosenblatt Stadium, located near the Omaha Zoo. In order to foster economic growth and create a new space conducive to the event, Omaha is building a new downtown stadium for the College World Series and a new stadium in Papillion for The Royals.

The downtown stadium is opening opportunities for a community of small businesses and already, there are restaurants and small shops starting to populate the area – creating jobs and revenue for the local economy. The Royals’ stadium will bring economic and job growth to the metro area’s suburbs, as well.

These stadiums have been just one example of Omaha’s commitment to job and revenue development and its absolute refusal to sit and whine about the global recession. Here in Omaha, we are expanding our zoo, building convenient shopping centers with dine-in movie theaters, taking steps to increase tourism and constructing family-focused neighborhoods, entertainment and school districts.

Still not convinced you want to live in Omaha?

There are jobs, Midwest family-values and, of course, affordable homes from downtown to suburbia to everywhere in between. Seriously… you want to move here!