Lincoln cracking down on illegal dumping at recycling sites

January 7, 2020 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Lincoln City Council is cracking down on illegal dumping at the city’s recycling collection sites.

The council voted unanimously Monday to make it illegal to put recyclables anywhere but in the proper containers at the 19 collection sites available to residents. The new ordinance also bans dumping at the sites or in the recycling containers anything that can’t be recycled.

People have left garbage and other objects at the sites, including hot tubs, tires, beds, televisions, wood pallets and pianos — all items that can’t be recycled.

Cleaning up the resulting messes fell to the businesses hosting the sites, Lincoln transportation and utilities assistant director of utilities Donna Garden told the council last month.

The ordinance also applies to recycling processing centers, salvage operations and commercial composting operations. Violators face fines of up to $500 for the misdemeanor offense.

City officials are asking people who see illegal dumping to call the nonemergency Lincoln police line, 402-441-6000.