Recycling at UNK
Solid Waste Management
Weekly Trash/Recycling Pick Up
According to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, here are the top 10 ways to waste less and save energy:
- Reduce driving. Carpool, use public transportation, walk, or bicycle instead. You will not only reduce air emissions which create harmful pollution, you will also save money.
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. Compared to standard incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescents use up to 75% less energy, produce just as much light, and last ten times longer.
- Use double-sided photocopying or printing whenever possible.
- Use e-mail instead of paper copies whenever possible. Attaching files to e-mails instead of printing the information can potentially eliminate considerable paper usage.
- Recycle old cell phones. More than 100 million cell phones are taken out of service each year in the U.S. Most of these discarded phones end up in landfills.
- Recycle paper. Each ton of paper recycled prevents 60 pounds of air pollution, and saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water.
- Recycle plastic beverage containers and aluminum cans. Making new cans with recycled aluminum uses 95% less energy than making cans using aluminum from virgin ore.
- Conserve energy by adjusting your thermostat. In the warm months, each degree setting above 72 reduces the amount of electricity used by your central air conditioning system by three percent.
- On cold but sunny days, open the drapes and blinds to let in the sun’s free heat. On hot summer days, keep drapes and blinds closed.
- Buy recycled content products because recycling saves energy, conserves resources, prevents air and water pollution, and creates jobs.
For additional information about residential recycling, visit the City of Kearney's recycling site: City of Kearney Recycling