Green Bellevue wants to find recycling solutions

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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 2:19 pm, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

Green Bellevue will hold a meeting Sunday to discuss how to boost recycling to reduce the amount of garbage to be hauled to David City once the Sarpy County Landfill becomes full.

That 60-mile trek will increase the impact of every item that’s sent to the landfill, and members of the Bellevue environmental nonprofit want to cut down on the load.

Sunday’s meeting will include presentations about the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency’s Integrated Solid Waste Management plan and Firstar Fiber’s seven-point plan based on Sarpy County’s strategic plan.

Green Bellevue hopes to draft a proposal to substantially increase recycling this calendar year.

Those planning to attend the meeting include Green Bellevue board members and volunteers, Dale Gubbels from Firstar Fiber, Sarpy County Commissioner Tom Richards, Ben Frakes from TGB Recycling, Tony Elias of AME Computers, Lee Wilson and Chris Brown from Papillion Sanitation and Waste Connections as well as representatives from WasteCap Nebraska.

Ruth Richter, vice chairwoman of Green Bellevue, said in a press release that Bellevue has seen mixed success.

Bellevue Public Schools diverted more than 100 tons of recycling last year as part of a new recycling program, but residents who pay for curbside recycling saw participation fall by 90 tons.

“We are hoping to re-energize our citizens and businesses to focus on this very important practice of removing recycling from the trash and to create remarkable recycling success stories in 2014,” she said.

The public is invited to attend the meeting, which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in Conference Room A in the Bellevue Medical Center’s lower-level meeting area.

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