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December 1, 2017 - Battery Recycling Now in Wayne
Wayne residents can now recycle typical household batteries thanks to a program funded by the Wayne Green Team through Battery Solutions. Starting in December, you can bring your household batteries to the recycling pail at Wayne City Hall, 306 Pearl Street, during normal business hours, Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Most household batteries can be recycled, but you must tape certain battery terminals to ensure safety (e.g., all lithium and lithium-ion with exposed terminals must have clear tape on the terminals). If not taped, the terminals, or exposed metal parts, of certain batteries can rub together creating a spark. Review the Battery Recycling How-To Guide for detailed instructions on the types of batteries recyclable and the types that require taped terminals for safety. Clear tape is available to use at the pail.

November 13, 2017, 7-8 pm - Composting 101
It's always a good time to think about composting so you can clean up your yard this fall and prepare for the return of spring next year. This month, we invite community members to another special meeting of the Wayne Green Team on Monday, November 13, 7-8 pm, to explore composting as a way to reduce waste. This educational session is in partnership with Wayne State College. You will learn:

  • What materials can be safely composted?
  • How can you build a composter for your own home use?
  • Where can you use your composted material in next year's garden or landscaping?
  • How can we work together to reduce the amount of food waste sent to the landfill?

This special meeting will be held in the back room of Tacos N More in Wayne.


September 23, 2017, 8-11 am (or earlier if truck fills up) - Electronics Recycling Event in Wayne
Our annual fall electronics recycling event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, enter eastbound on 3rd Street between Lincoln and Pearl, across from the City Hall parking lot, from 8-11 a.m., or earlier of the truck fills up. With funds from an NDEQ Waste Reduction & Recycling Incentive Grant, this year we are partnering with Nebraska Recycles out of Lincoln. Help keep harmful substances out of landfills and bring your electronics to be recycled. For more details on acceptable items and fees, click here.

September 9, 2017, 4:30-6:30 pm - HHW Collection in Hartington, NE
Sponsored by the Northeast Nebraska RC&D, bring your Household Hazardous Waste items to the Hartington Transfer Station on Friday, Sept. 9 from 4:30-6:30 pm. A $10 drop-off fee per vehicle (households only) includes HHW items like latex & oil-based paints, yard & garden chemicals, household batteries, lightbulbs, and even nail polish. You may also bring electronics, with a $10 charge per TV.

June 2-11, 2017 - Scrap Metal Recycling
Bring your scrap metal to St. Mary's Parish parking lot, 412 East 8th Steet, in Wayne June 2-11, 2017 for a fundraiser to send St. Mary's youth to a summer camp. See the list for what items are acceptable. Contact Amy Woerdemann for more info or questions at .

 scrap metal

April 23, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. - Just Eat It at the Majestic Theatre
Join us at the Majestic Theatre for a free screening of the powerful documentary Just Eat It, a food waste story. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for exhibits, raffles, and discussion, and the 75-minute film begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for the raffle are one for $5 and five for $20. Be sure to bring your own popcorn container and cup to the movie so we can make this a zero waste event.

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way back to their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking. For more info, visit This free Earth Day event is hosted by the WSC Green Team, the City of Wayne Green Team, and the A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History.

 just eat it

April 22, 2017 - Earth Day
Started in 1970, this yearly event is now 46 years old, but we believe every day is Earth Day. Take or renew your Green Pledge for 2017 by committing to at least one action of being green. Download and sign the pledge, and post a picture of yourself in action with #pledgetobegreen.

April 21, 2017 - 10 a.m. - Chamber Coffee hosted by Green Team
The Wayne Green Team will host its first ever Chamber Coffee at The Coffee Shoppe on Friday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Come hear about our recent successes with glass recycling, grant awards and more. Bring your own mug and help make this a #zerowaste event.

September 24, 2016 - 9 a.m.-Noon - Electronics Recycling Event
Our annual fall electronics recycling event will be held on Saturday, September 24 at the City Hall parking lot (306 Pearl Street) from 9 a.m. to noon. With funds from an NDEQ Grant, this year we are partnering with DataShield out of Omaha. Help keep harmful substances out of landfills and bring your electronics to be recycled instead. For more details on acceptable items and fees, click here.

June 2016 - Glass is back at the Wayne Transfer Station!
You can now bring your glass bottles back to the Wayne Transfer Station for recycling. The City of Wayne Green Team has partnered with Ripple Glass out of Kansas City to pick up and recycle our community's glass for free. Bring your clean and rinsed glass bottles (including glass food and beverage containers and glassware such as wine and pint glasses) to the metal bins inside the Wayne Transfer Station located at 110 South Windom Street. The Transfer Station is open Monday and Friday 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.

Once the metal bins are full, Gill Hauling will move the glass to the concrete bunker located next to the Boy Scouts Paper Trailer. Ripple Glass will then pick up the glass for recycling into fiberglass insulation and bottles. Ripple Glass even rewards communities with funds for achieving goals of year-over-year growth on glass tonnage collected.

May 2, 2016 - New Transfer Station Hours
The Wayne Transfer Station will now be open Tuesday 11am-6pm, in addition to its regular hours of Monday and Friday 9am-1:30pm, and Saturday 8am-noon. This is a pilot to see if our community is interested in using the station during these expanded, evening hours in particular, so be sure to go if you’d like it to stay open this extra day. View our new poster on what you can and cannot recycle at the transfer station.

 Transfer Station New Hours

April 17, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. - Celebrate Earth Day with free screening of Planet Ocean in Wayne
In honor of Earth Day this year, the Wayne State College Green Team, the City of Wayne Green Team, and the A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History are hosting a free screening of the stunning documentary Planet Ocean, by French director Yann Arthus-Bertrand andMichael Pitiot, on Sunday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre in Wayne. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for exhibits and discussion on marine life, connections between local waterways and our oceans, and more. Information will be available about new waste reduction efforts locally, including updates on what can be recycled at the Wayne Transfer Station. This Earth Day event will also include a raffle containing a handmade quilt, the book "Man and Sea: Planet Ocean" by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Brian Skerry, children's books on nature, and more. Tickets for the raffle are one for $5 or five for $20. Be sure to bring your own popcorn container and water bottle to the movie so we can limit waste at the event.

September 11, 2015, 3-5 pm - Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Laurel, NE
Bring your household hazardous waste to a collection event at the Laurel Recycling Center on Friday, September 11 from 3 to 5 p.m.  The event is for households only, no businesses, and participants will be asked for a small fee to help with the cost of the project.  Items accepted include latex and oil-based paint, pesticides, herbicides, oil, cleaning chemicals, yard & garden chemicals, anti-freeze, car batteries, mercury & mercury containing devices including compact fluorescent light bulbs.  For more information, see details here.

September 19th, 2015, 9 am-noon - Electronics Recycling Event in Wayne!
For the 3rd year in a row, come bring your unwanted electronics, including old TVs, computers and more for responsible disposal on Saturday, September 19, 9 am-noon, to the parking lot behind Wayne City Hall.  Nebraska Recycles is our chosen vendor who will collect your electronics and ensure all hard drives and memory containing devices are destroyed.  Help keep harmful substances out of landfills and bring your electronics to be recycled instead.  For more details on acceptable items and fees, click here. 

Electronics Recycling

July 18th, 2015 - E-Waste Recycling Event in Wakefield, NE
The City of Wakefield, the Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development Council and the Nebraska Environmental Trust are sponsoring an Electronics Recycling event in Wakefield on Saturday, July 18th, 2015 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 303 Oak Street in Wakefield.

e-recycling event

Link: Wakefield E-Waste Recycling Event

2015 Nebraska Recycling Study Report
Read the final statewide recycling report conducted by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Sociological Research.  Find out how our Nebraska communities are doing in recycling.  Wayne participated and provided information!  Questions and comments regarding the report may be directed to Deb Rost, Executive Director of the Nebraska State Recycling Association, at 402-933-3059 or .

Link: Nebraska Statewide Recycling Final Report

May 6-8, 2015 - WSC Green Move Out
Get ready for another great effort to reduce waste with our "Don't Dump, Donate" campaign at WSC.  As students move out of the dorms, volunteers will be doing dumpster duty at the five large dumpsters set out on campus, encouraging students to set aside their reusable items for resale and donation.  Items accepted are clothing, shoes, and cloth-covered furniture for donation to Micah's Closet, and other furniture and household items for resale at Rustic Treasures.  Last year we successfully diverted five bags of clothing and two storage units of household items from the landfill.  Volunteers to do dumpster duty are encouraged to email or message "Wayne Green Team" on Facebook.  Times are Wednesday, May 6, 1-6 pm; Thursday, May 7, 10am-6pm; and Friday, May 8, 10am-2 pm.

Green Move Out

April 22, 2015 - Take the Go Green Pledge for Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22nd each year.  One simple way to contribute and have an impact this Earth Day is to make a pledge to Go Green in 2015.  Reducing waste is easier than you think.  Make a plan to do one thing over the next year (from Earth Day 2015 to Earth Day 2016) to reduce the amount of waste you create.  Write your plan on the Go Green Pledge and hang the pledge on your fridge, in your bathroom, or anywhere that you will see it every day to remind yourself of your commitment to the environment!  Post your picture with your pledge on our Facebook page or email it to .  Together, by making small changes we can make a difference!  Join us on the road to Zero Waste.

Download:  Go Green Pledge

April 19, 2015 (6:30 p.m.) - Bag It at the Majestic Theatre
In honor of Earth Day this year, the Wayne State College Green Team and the City of Wayne Green Team are hosting a free screening of the award-winning documentary Bag It on April 19 at the Majestic Theatre in Wayne.  Doors open at 6:30 pm for exhibits, demos and discussion on how to recycle in Wayne and reduce plastic bags.  Raffle tickets will also be sold for the chance to win reusable bags and quilts made by local artisans.  Funding is provided in part by WasteCap Nebraska through a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.  Click here for more details.

Bag It Movie Flyer

March 20, 2015 - New Recycling Bins Installed in Downtown Wayne
The City of Wayne now has recycling bins in our downtown area.  Five blue recycling bins have been installed next to existing garbage bins on Main Street and in front of the City Auditorium to recycle aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper.  Bottles should be empty of all liquids and paper should be clean, with no food or food contact.  Read more about them and see a picture of them here.

March 20, 2015 - Application Submitted to Keep America Beautiful/Dr. Pepper Grant

Thanks to WSC Service-Learning Graduate students, the Wayne Green Team has submitted its application for funding for 41 outdoor park recycling bins across Wayne.  We should find out in May if we are awarded this grant.

October 1, 2014 - Waste Characterization Study in Wayne
The City of Wayne participated in a Waste Characterization Study through our inclusion in the Zero Waste Planning Project.  The firm Engineering Solutions & Design was hired by WasteCap Nebraska and spent a day sorting through the trash collected at the Wayne Transfer Station to assess what is being thrown away.  The results are in and 64% of what Wayne throws away can be recycled, and another 28% can be composted.  See the study's full report for details on how we can minimize our waste and increase our recycling efforts in Wayne.

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