Instead of your waste going to the landfill (boo!), we help organizations recycle and compost. Below is info on the types of organizations we work with, and the different levels of service we provide.
Types of Organizations We Work With
For your place of work, school, or faith — we can help you start a recycling and compost program, improve the one you already have, or help you go zero waste.
We provide a door-to-door trash, recycling, compost pickup program. This enables a zero waste tenant lifestyle while putting an end to illegal dumping.
If you live in single-family housing, we can help you set up a compost drop-off site for your neighborhood.
It all starts by inspiring the youth! From composting in the lunch room to going zero waste, we collaborate with schools to introduce sustainability practices.
Levels of Service
We got ourselves a 5-star program, too. Only ours saves the planet.
At the very least, we'll pick up the trash in your dumpster and deliver to the landfill (but we're secretly hoping our relationship will lead to what's below).
Dual-Stream Recycling Pickup
We're gonna let you in on a little secret: large amounts of recycled materials actually end up in the landfill. Yuck! Here's a few reasons why: most people recycle the wrong way, many haulers don't correct this, and some material recovery facilities (the folks that sort it all) take stuff that they're not set up to recycle. To cut through all this non-sense, we help you bypass these problems by empowering you to recycle the right way and by vetting the material recovery facilities we work with to ensure that your recycled materials actually get recycled.
Hefty EnergyBag Pickup
Imagine: a world where manufacturers aren't allowed to use non-recyclable plastics. Yay! But the reality is: they do, which makes it hard for us to stay away from these non-recyclable "soft" plastics (like plastic wrapping around crates of boxes) and styrofoam (like take-out container and misguided coffee cups). We help our partners move into recyclable and compostable materials, but where this isn't possible, we offer the Hefty EnergyBag alternative that (according to the most recent info we have from First Star) turns these materials into diesel fuel (as opposed to ending up in the landfill or contaminating the recycling stream). There's more to it, but we'll keep it short and cute for now.
Composting is nature's version of recycling, and it's a freakin' miracle. Here's why you should do it: over half of what's in our landfill is compostable, and it's putting off methane, which is 80 times worse than CO2. The good news is that we founded the Omaha area's only commercial composting farm (take a peek at it here) and offer compostable pickup. Compostable items we take include all food waste (yes, even dairy & meat), wet paper/cardboard (somebody say pizza boxes?), yard waste (finally!), manure (ask us about the stuff we get from the zoo), and all of this fancy compostable serviceware hitting the market. From there, we create nutrient-dense soil that winds up in gardens and farms across our community. Amen! Here's more info.
Zero Waste Consultation
This is where the magic happens: zero waste means that 90% or more of your discarded materials become resources for others (as opposed to burning or burying them). Getting to zero waste isn't as hard as you might think. We're just gonna have to talk to Paul in accounting who still prints off all emails, and do a top-down assessment to address material sourcing, reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting. By diverting from the landfill and incinerators, you treat "trash" like a resource by turning it into new products and nutrient dense soil.