In September, 2023 we had the opportunity to attend the Keep Nebraska Beautiful Annual Conference in Kearney, NE. The conference was very informative and helped us become more aware. According to the Keep America Beautiful 2020 litter study, cigarette butts are the #1 littered item and 50 billion pieces of litter is on the ground across America. However, there has been a 54% reduction of litter along the roadways since 2009. We also learned the negative impact of textiles and that it takes 450 years for a single plastic bottle to fully decompose. We will be posting articles with more information on these issues soon.
While in Kearney we had the chance to tour their recycling center. It’s truly eye opening how much litter this facility is preventing from going to their landfill. They have a great system in place. Bigger cities like Kearney help set the standard for other towns. It would be truly amazing if Sidney could implement similar ideas. We want to work towards expansion of recycling and educate as much as possible about reducing and reusing.
Recycling isn’t always perfect, especially in our small town. Unfortunately, at the moment some of Sidney’s recycling is limited due to staffing issues. This current recycling issue may sway others from recycling and that’s a valid thought. We’re hoping to get this resolved as quickly as possible. The city is looking for a reliable part time person to work as a Recyclable Materials Handler. Click on the link below to learn more about this employment opportunity. Whether you choose to recycle or not, the litter in Sidney is a real issue. Always throw away your trash in the proper receptacles. Not all of the litter in Sidney comes from the residents. That’s why we continue to work hard to consistently hold clean ups. A tremendous thank you to everyone who help with the clean ups and participate in the overall upkeep of our small town!
(Pictures are of the Kearney recycling center)
**Recyclable Materials Handler position has been filled**