Recycling guidelines

What is safe to recycle? Great question! Click the guide below to see what can and can't go in your curbside recycling tote.


These cans regularly aren't completely empty of the contents inside, which can cause explosions when they reach the facility

These fluids are not recyclable. They are considered household hazardous waste and should be disposed of at your Local Collection Site

These materials should be disposed of through Lincoln’s Hazardous Waste Center

These materials should be disposed of through Lincoln’s Hazardous Waste Center.

Electronics or E-waste can have components that can explode in the shredder. When put into landfills their chemicals leach into ground water polluting the ground and air. To dispose of these items properly you should donate (this goodwill location accepts electronics) or take them to your local electronics recycler.

These are not recyclable through your curbside programs. Keeping them out of landfills is important to keep mercury out of our ground water. They also have metals and glass that can be reused. There are several drop off sites for CFLs including your local Home Depot.

These materials are not recyclable. If it is a water-based paint it may be placed in your trash if the paint is dried. If there is paint remaining in the cans, see if you can donate them first! Many school drama clubs, community theaters and nonprofits will accept used paint.
If it is an oil-based paint you’ll need to dispose of it at your local Household Hazardous Waste. If you are going to dispose of it in the trash it will need to be dried out using cat litter and/or newspaper.

No. These items are not recyclable through your curbside program. They become wrapped around equipment causing the need for expensive repairs. You can recycle them through your local grocery store return! It’s not just for plastic bags, see the list of acceptable items below.

  • Plastic shopping bags (from any store, make sure they are empty
  • Ziplock bags
  • Bread bags
  • Produce bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Plastic newspaper wrapping
  • Product wrapping
  • Bubble wrap and Air pillows (popped)

ALL materials should be clean and dry. If they are not, they will contaminate the entire batch.

These items are NOT accepted and need to go into the trash, including:
  • Frozen food bags
  • Biodegradable bags
  • Pre-washed salad bags
  • Candy wrappers
  • Chip bags
  • Six-pack rings

Address & Phone
  • RecycleLink
  • 4600 North 48th Street
  • Lincoln, NE 68504
  • Email: questions@recyclelink.net
  • Phone: (402) 466-0412
Hours & Billing
  • M-F 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • M-F 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Mail Checks To:
  • P.O. Box 29558
  • Lincoln, NE 68529-0558