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Green Notes
Green notes are handy tips from the Wayne Green Team for how to incorporate Earth friendly actions in and outside your home.  Check back for our monthly update, which is also included in the City of Wayne's Utility Newsletter.  Any questions, just email us!

2018 Green Notes

January 2018 - Green Reminders for the New Year!

Recycle Strings of Lights - Bring your old strings of holiday lights for recycling to the Wayne Transfer Station or City hall and placed in the bins marked for lights. These are recycled for the copper wire inside. When replacing, consider LED lights, which last longer, use less energy and save money.

Use the City's Brush Pile - Don't forget about the City's brush pile at 1810 Industrial Road for disposing of your Christmas tree (without any decorations or tinsel) and greenery at the end of the holiday season.

Recycle Batteries - Our Battery Recycling program is off to a great start, accumulating 50 pounds in the first month. You can bring household batteries to City Hall and place them in the battery pail. Please visit our Battery Recycling How-To Guide on our website for details on the types of batteries accepted and which ones require taped terminals. Clear tape is provided next to the battery pail.

Electronics Recycling Results  - Our electronics recycling event held last September officially collected over 19,000 pounds of electronics! Thank you for responsibly disposing of these items so we can keep hazardous substances out of our landfills. We will host another event in September of 2018.

November 2017 - 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 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.

 composting


October 2017 - A new home for old clothes and shoes
Have an old shirt or pair of shoes you never wear but are still in good shape? You can find it a new home at several places in Wayne:
  • Micah's Closet is a local thrift shop run by the United Methodist Church. Clothes may be donated here or purchased for low prices
  • Thrift Warehouse takes adult clothing for consignment resale
  • The community has a Facebook page called Wayne, NE Online Sales that has frequent users posting items for sale or looking to buy
  • Providence Wellness Center has a drop off box for gently used athletic shoes, both adult and kid sizes

Give good clothes a new home in Wayne to keep them out of the landfill and in the cycle of being used!

Special Green Team Meeting in October. Join us at our monthly meeting on Monday, October 9 at 7 p.m. for a Climate Science 101 talk led by Dr. Barbara Hayford, Professor of Life Science at Wayne State College. Come learn what a changing climate means for farming, ranching, and life in small town Nebraska, and what we can do to help make things better. This special meeting will be held in the back room of Tacos N More in Wayne.


September 2017 - Electronics Recycling: Saturday, Sept. 23

For the fourth year in a row, the City of Wayne has been awarded a grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to host an electronics recycling collection event on Saturday, September 23rd from 8-11 am (or earlier if the truck fills up). Drive eastbound on 3rd Street between Lincoln and Pearl in front of the City Hall parking lot to responsibly dispose of your e-waste instead of throwing it into the landfill where they can become hazardous to our soil and groundwater. Bring your old TVs, computers, cell phones, printers, cords, and more. Note, this block of 3rd Street will be closed to traffic. Enter from Lincoln Street to unload your electronics and exit onto Pearl Street.

Fees:
Suggested donation of $10 per carload or $50 per business load of reasonable size, and fees for CRTs (tube) of $5/monitor and $10/TV (no charge for flatscreens); also $10/microwave. Sorry, no large appliances, batteries or VHS tapes will be accepted. A full list of acceptable items and fees are on our website.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection in Northeast Nebraska
The Northeast Nebraska RC&D hosts HHW events yearly in our area, returning to Wayne every three years. This year's closest event is in Hartington on Friday, Sept. 9 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Transfer Station. The fee is $10 per vehicle.

 HHW Flyer


August 2017 - Wayne Grow an Extra Row!
This summer, join gardeners in donating fresh produce from your garden to our local food pantries. While picking your produce, set aside a bag of beans, a few tomatoes, spinach, cucumbers, squash or anything fresh from the garden. Bring your garden produce to the Wayne Food Pantry at the First Presbyterian Church, Tuesday-Friday, 9 am-noon, or to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry on the fourth Saturday morning of each month. It doesn't have to be a lot, but if everyone contributes, it will add up fast. Thanks for growing that extra garden row!

Electronics Recycling Coming: Save the date of Saturday, September 23rd, 8 am - 11 am (or until the truck is full) on 3rd Street between Lincoln and Pearl Streets again. More details coming next month.

July 2017 - Glass Recycling Makes a Ripple
For the past year, the City of Wayne has participated in a glass recycling program with Ripple Glass, a Kansas City company that recycles glass to remake into glass bottles and fiberglass insulation. The average American uses 80 pounds of glass every year, and all of it can be recycled over and over again. So why is it important to recycle glass? Here are four of the most important reasons:

  1. Recycling glass means less materials in our landfills, lengthening their life, which means fewer new landfills.
  2. Making new glass out of existing glass conserves raw materials and eliminates the waste and environmental impact of mining.
  3. Because glass melts at a lower temperature than its raw materials, making new glass out of existing glass uses 30% less energy! Consider this, recycling just one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a 23-watt CFL for 16 hours.
  4. Making new glass out of existing glass dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Every ton of recycled glass means 600 pounds of carbon dioxide is not released into our atmosphere.

More than 80 communities recycling glass as part of the Ripple Glass network across seven states. In just eight months, we recycled 17 tons of glass, and we keep filling up the bunker at the transfer station. Know that your small act of recycling glass can make a big ripple!

HOW TO RECYCLE GLASS IN WAYNE
Bring your clean and rinsed glass bottles (including glass food and beverage containers and glassware such as wine and pint glasses, but NO windshields, ceramic, porcelain, or laminated glass) to the metal bins inside the Wayne Transfer Station located at 110 South Windom Street. For your safety and to prevent contamination, do not place glass directly into the concrete bunker outside. Also, remove any plastic bags as these cannot be recycled with glass. Thank you!

CHANGE IN TRANSFER STATION HOURS
The Wayne Transfer Station continues to be open on Tuesdays, but now closes at 2 pm instead of 6 pm. The station is open Monday and Friday 9 am - 1:30 pm, Tuesday 11 am - 2 pm, and Saturday 8 am-noon.


June 2017 - New Recycling Bins in Our Parks
Get ready for cleaner parks and the opportunity to recycle in more public spaces thanks to collaborative funding through national, state and local partners.

This summer, blue recycling containers will be installed throughout Wayne city parks, making recycling more accessible for people enjoying the outdoors. Funding to purchase the 27 recycling containers was made possible because of a national grant by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful; Nebraska Recycling Center's Recycling Equipment Grant through the Nebraska Environmental Trust; and the City of Wayne.

In an effort to "Twin the Bin", recycling containers will be placed right next to a park's trash bin, making recycling convenient and clear.

The City of Wayne became one of 41 other local governments and community organizations to receive the 2017 Dr. Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant. Being awarded this national grant was years in the making, and took the help of students at Wayne State College and support from the Nebraska Recycling Council (NRC). The additional funding from NRC's Recycling Equipment Grant and the City made it possible to purchase enough recycling containers to place at nearly all parks in Wayne.

Over the year, the Green Team also has collected more than 30 tons of glass, aluminum, electronics and household hazardous waste materials from the community for recycling. The installment of the new recycling bins will not only divert even more materials from the landfill, but will also give everyone the opportunity to recycle at home, work and play.

May 2017 - What a Difference You Make
Check out the impact our community has made in reducing waste:

  • 66,000 pounds of electronics diverted from the landfill over 4 years from our electronics recycling events
  • Nearly 17 tons of glass collected in 8 months and recycled into glass insulation and bottles
  • 5,500 pounds of aluminum cans recycled by our local Boy Scout Troop #174 in 2016, raising $2,000 -- enough to send 7 Scouts to a week-long summer camp
  • 377 pounds of holiday strings of lights recycled in one year for the copper wire inside, a 74% increase from 2015
  • $25,000 received in grant funds since 2013 to support our zero waste efforts in Wayne

We also had a great turnout at our Earth Day Events, with over 40 people attending our first Chamber Coffee and 70 people at our free screening of the movie Just Eat It. We are thankful for our volunteers, our partnership with Wayne State College, and our community's commitment to sustainability and zero waste. Each of you make a difference in reducing waste in Wayne!


April 2017 - Just Eat It
In celebration of Earth Day, the Wayne State College Green Team, and the A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History are hosting a free screening of the powerful documentary Just Eat It, a food waste story by Peg Leg Films in association with Knowledge Network, at the Majestic Theatre in Wayne on Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for exhibits, raffles and discussion.

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? 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 foods that have been discarded. What they find is truly shocking.

Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment. For more info about the movie, visit www.foodwastemovie.com.

Tickets for the raffle are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20 and serve as a fundraiser for the WSC Green Team. Be sure to bring your own popcorn container and water bottle to the movie so we can make this a Zero Waste event. Come celebrate Earth Day at this free screening of Just Eat It!

 Just Eat It


Don't miss our Chamber Coffee April 21
The Wayne Green Team will host its first ever Chamber Coffee at The Coffee Shoppe on Friday, April 21st at 10 a.m. Bring your own mug and help make this a #zerowaste event.

March 2017 - Say Hello to Blossoms, Butterflies, Birds & Bees
We are all looking forward to spring, and there are many signs that it is approaching. One is the numerous seed and plant catalogs that many of us get in the mail. As you look through these catalogs and start to plan how to make your home look more colorful in the summer months, consider an important part of the system that makes those flowers and our fruits, vegetables, and many other crops possible -- the pollinators. "Pollinators" refers not only to bees, but also to butterflies, some birds (like hummingbirds), and many insects.

Catalogs will often tell you which plants are most attractive to these busy little creatures. UNL Extension also has information online to help in selection. The Xerces Society is another excellent source of pollinator information. If you want to be really eco-conscious you can start including native plants in your landscape. They not only support the pollinators but are better adapted to our climate, requiring less water and less work once established.

Welcome summer and our helpful pollinators with beautiful blossoms this year.

February 2017 - Give Vinegar a Try
Did you know vinegar is used for more than just cooking? It's a great natural cleaner for your home. Besides being effective, vinegar is cheap and widely available. Plus, it's non-toxic, lasts for a long time without losing strength, and is much safer to have under your sink than bleach, ammonia or other toxic cleaning products. Here are just three green cleaning recipes for you to try out in the home:

1. Window Cleaner: Mix half a cup of vinegar with half a cup of water and put into a spray bottle. Squirt on then scrub with newspaper, not paper towels, which cause streaking.

2. Laundry: Add 1/4 cup of vinegar to you rinse cycle when washing clothes. It'll help make colors brighter, remove smells, and break down detergent build-up.

3. Hard Water Build-Up: For stubborn hard water deposits on faucets or shower heads, fill a plastic bag with enough distilled white vinegar to cover the fixture and then let it soak overnight.

January 2017 - A Green Start to the New Year
If your house feels full of all those holiday purchases, then take stock and do a home cleanse and see what you no longer need or use. Wayne has great options for you to donate or resell your stuff at our local consignment ships, thrift stores, and more. A full list of where yo take odds and ends in Wayne is posted on our website at www.cityofwayne.org/greenteam, and includes watch batteries, prescription medicines, eye glasses, books, plastic bags, inkjet printer cartridges, and more.

You can always recycle for free at the Wayne Transfer Station, located at 110 South Windom St. and open Monday and Friday, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm, Tuesday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (or until 3:00 pm in winter) and Saturday, 8:00 am - noon. The station accepts glass, cardboard, plastic bottles (no plastic bags) and scrap metal, and has recycling drop-offs for local Boy Scout Troop #174 of aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines, and mixed paper. Don't forget you can still bring your strings of holiday lights to be recycled at the Wayne Transfer Station or City Hall.

2016 Green Notes

December 2016 - Green Up Your Holidays
Go green this holiday season with three easy tips that will save you money and reduce waste:

1) Buy something that will last. Consider the durability of a product before you buy it as a gift. Often, a cheaper item will wear out long before its more durable equivalent, which can be passed down to others. You don't want the holiday toys to end up in the trash before the start of the new year.

2) Make it from scratch. Think about making a card with a hand-written note, a list of 25 reasons your family member is special, or ornaments from recyclable materials, like toilet paper rolls and egg cartons. Sometimes the best gift is one you can't buy.

3) Re-gift. Have something you no longer want, like a good book you've read, or a nice shirt you don't wear? Don't be shy about re-gifting. You'll extend the life of the item and pass it on to someone who will appreciate it.

Recycle strings of lights. Bring your old strings of holiday lights for recycling to the Wayne Transfer Station or City Hall and placed in the bins marked for lights. These are recycled for the copper wire inside. When replacing, consider LED lights, which last longer, use less energy and save money.

Use the City's Brush Pile. Don't forget about the city's brush pile at 1810 Industrial Road for disposing of your Christmas tree (without any decorations or tinsel) and greenery at the end of the holiday season.

November 2016 - Great Results for Electronics Recycling!
Our community once again showed their commitment to zero waste with an outstanding collection of electronics at our yearly event on September 24, 2016:

  • 15,967 pounds of electronics collected total
  • 5,499 lbs of CRT televisions and monitors
  • 3,567 lbs of computers and laptops
  • 3,987 lbs of printers and other computer peripherals
  • 2,914 misc. household electronics, a/v equipment

Year over year, we're seeing a decrease in the amount of CRT TVs and monitors collected, which is a positive trend as we hope to run out of those items eventually. We must be finally cleaning out the basements of Wayne!

Thank you to our city crew, DataShield, Green Team members, and the Wayne State College men's basketball team for their help throughout the event, and to NDEQ and our community for the funding to help sponsor this event and our other zero waste programs in Wayne.

Recycling Strings of Lights
As you prepare for the holidays, don't forget you can bring your old strings of holiday lights to the Wayne Transfer Station for recycling. These are recycled for the copper wire inside. When replacing, consider LED lights, which last longer, use less energy, and save money.


October 2016 - HHW Event a Success!
Thank you to our community for great support at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection event held September 9, 2016. In just two hours, this event served more than 100 households and collected the following Household Hazardous Wastes (processed by Red Willow Hazardous Waste from McCook, NE):

  • Pesticide (400 pounds)
  • Paint (3,420 pounds)
  • Acids (2 pounds)
  • Oil (25 gallons)
  • Antifreeze (11 gallons)
  • Batteries (240 pounds)
  • Mercury (4 pounds)
  • Fluorescent light bulbs (236)
  • 2-4-D (12 gallons)
  • Round-Up (2 gallons)
  • Other recyclable materials (320 pounds)

The Wayne Green Team thanks local business Thrift Warehouse and its owners Lukas Rix and Mark Kanitz for its donation of $300 in support of this event, as well as Gill Hauling for its donation of the roll-off and disposal fees. Thank you also to the Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development for choosing Wayne to host this event and providing funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. With committed partners like these in our community, we will not doubt reach our goal of Zero Waste in Wayne.

September 2016 - Say Goodbye to Electronics and Household Hazardous Waste this Fall!
The Wayne Green Team invites our community to participate in two important events this September.

(1) Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, Sept. 10, 8-10 a.m. at the Wayne Transfer Station located at 110 S. Windom Street. Your $10 drop-off fee includes household hazardous waste items such as latex & oil-based paint, pesticides, herbicides, oil, yard & garden chemicals, anti-freeze, car batteries, household batteries, mercury & mercury-containing devices including light bulbs, and even nail polish.

(2) Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 am-noon at the City Hall parking lot at 306 Pearl Street in Wayne. Bring your old TVs, computers, cell phones, printers, cords and more. Requested donation of $10/carload or $50/business load, and fees for CRTs (tube) of $5/monitor and $10/TV (no charge for flatscreens). Sorry, no appliances. A list of all acceptable and unacceptable electronics is on our website.

August 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 glass for free. Bring your clean and rinsed glass bottles (including glass food and beverage containers and glassware such as wine and pint glasses, but no windshields, ceramic, porcelain, laminated glass) to the metal bins inside the Wayne Transfer Station located at 110 South Windom Street. The station is open Monday and Friday 9 am-1:30 pm, Tuesday 11 am-6 pm, and Saturday 8 am-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.

Save the dates for Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling Events this fall

Thanks to two recent grants from the Northeast Nebraska RC&D and NDEQ, we will host a Household Hazardous Waste collection event Saturday, Sept. 10 from 8-10 a.m. at the Wayne Transfer Station and an Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 am-noon at the City Hall parking lot. Look for more details next month on acceptable items and fees.

July 2016 - Wayne Grow an Extra Row!
This summer, join gardeners in donating fresh produce from your garden to our local food pantries. While packing your produce, set aside a bag of beans, a few tomatoes, a bag of lettuce or spinach, cucumbers, squash, anything fresh from the garden. Bring your garden produce to the Wayne Food Pantry at the First Presbyterian Church, Tuesday-Friday, 9 am-Noon, or to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry on the 4th Saturday morning of each month. It doesn't have to be a lot, but if everyone contributes, it will add up fast. Thanks for growing that extra garden row!

May 2016
Need more time to recycle at the Transfer Station? The Wayne Transfer Station is offering extended hours into the evening beginning in May as a pilot program. New hours will now include Tuesday 11 am-6 pm. If you are interested in using the Transfer Station for its free recycling or fee-based trash drop-off during these hours, please be sure to go as Gill Hauling is testing whether the community will use these later hours. The Transfer Station remains open to the public Monday and Friday from 9 am to 1:30 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to noon.

When bringing recyclables to the Transfer Station or placing curbside, make sure you clean out or rinse your items. Contamination may spoil an entire load of recyclables, which means Gill Hauling will have to dump the entire load of recycling into the trash as their recycler will not accept such loads.

THANK YOU for a great Earth Day celebration at our event featuring the free movie Planet Ocean. Approximately 90 people attended, including families, college students, seniors and more. $175 was raised from the raffle and meaningful discussion was had by all. Thank you to our co-sponsors the WSC Green Team and A. Jewell Shock Natural History Museum. Remember, every day is Earth Day!

April 2016

Come see Planet Ocean in celebration of Earth Day!

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 and Michael Pitiot, on Sunday, April 17, 7 pm at the Majestic Theatre in Wayne. Doors open at 6:30 pm 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.

Dive into our planet's greatest mysteries with a team of international underwater cinematographers as they explore the breathtaking bond between humanity and the ocean. For more information about the movie and oceans visit Good Planet Foundation. Celebrate Earth Day at this free screening of Planet Ocean and join us on our journey toward Zero Waste!

For more information, find us on Facebook as the WSC Green Team, the Wayne Green Team or the A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History. For the Wayne Green Team, visit us at www.cityofwayne.org/greenteam or email . For the A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History, visit https://www.wsc.edu/museum or email .

March 2016

Leftovers - What do you do with them?
Not leftover food, but leftover medications. Likely there are unused, expired and unneeded medications in your home. These should be disposed of properly to reduce the chance of accidental poisoning of children or pets and potential contamination of surface or groundwater.

Properly Disposing of Leftover Medications
DO NOT flush medications down the toilet or place them in the trash!
At one time, these were recommended disposal methods. However, there is a much better method.

Take leftover medications back to the pharmacy! Thanks to the Nebraska MEDS program, over 275 participating pharmacies in nearly 300 communities across Nebraska can now take back most medications for proper disposal. In Wayne, both ShopKo and U-Save pharmacies participate in this program.

What is the Nebraska MEDS program? Nebraska MEDS is a coalition of several agencies and organizations coordinated by the Nebraska Pharmacists Association. Currently, it is paid for by grant funds from several of the coalition partners.

How does it work? The process is really simple and convenient. Take your leftover medications to the pharmacy in the original bottle or container they came in. The pharmacist will then determine what medications you are returning. If they are acceptable non-controlled substances, the pharmacist will place them in a container to be shipped to an approved incinerator for disposal. If you have controlled substances, the pharmacist will give you a special postage-paid envelope. Place the medications in the envelope, seal it, drop it in the mailbox where it will be sent to the approved incinerator for disposal.

What does it cost? The process is free because of grant funding.

For more information about the Nebraska MEDS program:

- Talk to your local pharmacist
- Call 800-222-1222
- Visit the website: leftovermeds.com

Help protect the environment, people and pets by properly disposing of leftover medications. It's easy to do.

February 2016 - Show your love for LEDs
Love to save money? Then you'll love this incentive from NPPD for a rebate of $3 per LED bulb purchased for your home (max 15/year). LEDs last up to 35 times longer than incandescent lights and often four or more times as long as fluorescents. LEDs do not contain mercury, generate almost no heat (which helps reduce air conditioning costs), and light up instantly. A longer lasting bulb means fewer changes, more savings and less waste. Find rebate details under LED Lighting Incentive at http://www.nppd.com/save-energy/for-your-home.

January 2016 - A Green Resolution for the New Year
Ready to start your new year with a green resolution?  Begin with a home cleanse by going through your house to see what you no longer need or use.  Wayne has many options for you to donate or resell your stuff at our local consignment shops, thrift stores, and more.  A full list of where to take odds and ends in Wayne is posted on our website.  It includes watch batteries, prescription medications, eye glasses, books, plastic bags, inkjet printer cartridges, and more.

Plus, it's always free to recycle in Wayne at our Transfer Station, located at 110 South Windom St. and open three days a week on Monday and Friday, 9:00 am 1:30 pm, and Saturday, 8:00 am - noon.  The station accepts cardboard, plastics #1-7, and scrap metal, and hosts recycling drop offs for local Boy Scout Troop #174 of aluminum cans in the baler, and of newspapers, magazines and mixed paper in its parked trailer, raising funds for Boy Scout activities.  Batteries, lightbulbs, and glass are no longer being recycled.  Save your batteries and lightbulbs for a proper Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, or take them to the Norfolk Transfer Station.  Glass is recycled by Waste Connections' curbside pick-up service, and Gill Hauling is currently exploring other options.  We will post updates as soon as we have any. 

December 2015 - Get Ready for a Green Holiday
Save money and the environment this holiday season with three easy tips on being green. 
  1. Re-Gift.  Have something you no longer want, like a good book you've read, or a nice shirt you don't wear?  Don't be shy about re-gifting.  You'll extend the life of the item and pass it on to someone who will appreciate it.
  2. Shop local.  Our community has wonderful stores that offer creative gifts and services along with opportunities at local craft and book fairs to buy something special.  Shop in town before spending dollars outside our community and on extra fuel to drive there and back, and save the gift of extra time for yourself!
  3. Wrap it with care.  Save paper and money when you reuse gift bags, wrap with newspaper or paper grocery bags you can decorate yourself and later recycle, or use cloth such as a scarf or dish towel to wrap a gift.  You'll generate less waste and save tons of paper!

Don't forget about the City's brush pile near the old Pacific Coast feather site for disposing of your Christmas tree and greenery at the end of the holiday season.  For more tips on the Green Path to the Good Life, like the "Wayne Green Team" on Facebook or visit www.cityofwayne.org/greenteam.

November 2015 - Recycle Strings of Holiday Lights
Decorating for the holidays only to discover your holiday lights no longer work? Well don't throw them out when you can recycle them instead.  Collection bins are now set up to recycle strings of Christmas Lights at the Wayne Transfer Station & Recycling Center during its regular hours of operation (Monday and Friday, 9 am - 1:30 pm; Saturday 8 am-noon) or at Wayne City Hall.  The strings of lights will be recycled for its copper wire by a company called Retrofit in Minneapolis.  Whey buying new holiday lights, consider LED ones, which last longer, use less energy, and save you more money in the long run.  Now that's a bright idea!

October 2015 - Electronics Event a Success!
We had a great turnout at our annual recycling event last month, collecting 22,885 pounds of electronics.  That's over 10 tons of electronics that were diverted from our landfill, a nearly 50% increase from last year's collection!  Way to go Wayne for doing the right thing and making sure these hazardous items do not end up in our landfill, but get properly recycled.  Our vendor, Nebraska Recycles, took all the items back to Lincoln for dismantling, sorting and recycling. 

We thank our volunteers from the WSC Men's Basketball team who helped throughout the event, along with our Green Team members.  If you missed our event, hang onto your electronics for next year.  You can also take certain electronics to Best Buy for recycling (call ahead to confirm if your items are accepted.)

For more tips on the Green Path to the Good Life, like the Wayne Green Team on Facebook or visit www.cityofwayne.org/greenteam. 

September 2015 - Electronics Recycling Event on September 19
For the 2nd year in a row, the City of Wayne has been awarded a grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to host an electronics recycling collection event on Saturday, September 19th from 9 am to noon at the City Hall parking lot.  Come responsibly dispose of your e-waste, like TV's, computers and monitors, instead of throwing these items into the landfill where they can become hazardous to our soil and groundwater.  This event is open to households only (no businesses).  A full list of acceptable items and the fee schedule will be posted on our website as soon as it's finalized. 

July 2015 - Dumpster Duty Results Are In!
For the 2nd year in a row, the Wayne Green Team organized a Green Move Out at the WSC dorms in early May.  Over 50 volunteers covered 95 hours of dumpster duty at the five largest dorms on campus.  As a result, there was a decrease in the amount of trash hauled away to the landfill by more than 3,000 pounds compared to last year.  We salvaged usable household items and clothes for resale at Rustic Treasures or donations to Micah's Closet, such as microwaves, trash bins, drawer caddies, shower caddies, rugs, lamps, fans, chairs, DVD players, VCRs, bags of clothes, and even lots of Husker gear. 

Thank you to members of the WSC football team, WSC Green Team, Wayne Green Team and our community for volunteering their time with this important Green Move Out!

June 2015 - Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
The Wayne Farmers Market returns Wednesday, June 10, on the grounds of the Wayne County Courthouse at 510 Pearl Street, offering fresh seasonal produce, artisan breads, baked goods, jams and jellies, live music and much more.  The Wayne Green Team will even have the occasional booth offering green tips, cloth bags and more.  Bring your reusable shopping bag to check out the Wayne Farmers Market this summer Wednesdays (new day) from 4-7 pm and Saturdays 9am-noon, through October.

May 2015 - Nominate a Zero Hero
Zero Heroes are everywhere in Wayne, helping the Earth by reducing waste in so many ways.  Now you can recognize these heroes, whether an individual or business, by nominating them through an online tool at www.wsc.edu.  Already the nominations are rolling in, and you can see who in Wayne is reducing, reusing and recycling their way around the community by visiting our Facebook page for pictures. 

The Wayne Green Team is sponsoring the WSC Green Move Out May 6-8, 2015 for a second year.  Volunteers will be doing dumpster duty to encourage students to donate their reusable items for resale and donation in our community to green partners Rustic Treasures and Micah's Closet.  Last year's Green Move Out was a success and we hope more students donate their stuff instead of dumping into landfills. 

For more information, like the Wayne Green Team on Facebook, visit the Wayne Green team at www.cityofwayne.org/greenteam or email at .

April 2015 - Just Bag It!
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 Sunday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre in Wayne.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for exhibits, demos, and discussion on how to recycle in Wayne and reduce the use of plastic bags.  Raffle tickets will also be sold for the chance to win reusable bags and quilts made by local artisans. 

In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow "everyman" Jeb Berrier, who is admittedly not a tree hugger, as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.  What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its affect on our waterways, oceans and even our own bodies.  We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it today.  In Wayne, for example, our local grocery stores Pac-N-Save and Quality Foods offer a reusable bag credit.  You can also recycle all kinds of plastic bags by depositing them into the Bag-2-Bag bins located at both grocery stores. 

The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for an average of 12 minutes before they are discarded.  Join us in our efforts to reduce plastic bag consumption in Wayne and journey toward Zero Waste by attending this free screening of Bag It.  Funding is provided in part by WasteCap Nebraska through a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

February 2015 - Love Food, Hate Waste
Food waste is a growing problem in the U.S.  In Wayne, 27% of what we throw out in our trash is food -- a much higher number than the Nebraska state average of 17%.  Wasting food means wasting resources and money too.  So here are five easy ways to reduce your food waste and increase your bottom line:

1) Buy only what you need. Plan ahead and make a list before grocery shopping.  And be smart about sales.  It's not a bargain if you won't eat it.

2) Eat what you buy.  Sounds simple, yet few people manage to do this effectively.  Make a conscious effort to keep track of the food you have, and then remember to eat it, especially those yummy leftovers. 

3) Keep food fresh.  Learn to store foods properly to keep them fresh as long as possible. 

4) Don't toss food before it spoils.  Expiration dates don't always mean the food has gone bad. It often means the food just can't be sold at a store.

5) Avoid the trash. If you have extra food, share it with others by giving to family, friends, coworkers, or our local food pantry.  For the food scraps you can't eat, consider backyard composting.

Link: More Tips for Reducing Your Food Waste

January 2015 - Reduce Your Waste for Free
Did you know it's free to recycle in Wayne?  You can take recyclable materials to the Wayne Transfer Station & Recycling Center for free three days a week.  The Transfer Station accepts cardboard, plastics #1-7, aluminum cans, scrap metal and glass.  There is also a trailer for Boy Scout Troop #174 that collects newspapers, magazines and mixed paper all for free.  Why pay to throw these resources away with your trash when they can be easily recycled and reused.  The Transfer Station is located at 110 South Windom Street and is open Monday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon. 

To see a complete list of all the free recycling options in Wayne, visit our website www.cityofwayne.org/greenteam.  For more tips on the Green Path to the Good Life, like the Wayne Green Team on Facebook.

2014 Green Notes


December 2014 - Save Your Green While Being Green This Season
Ready to save money this holiday season?  Follow our three easy tips to help keep both your pocket book and the environment green.

1) Buy something that will last.  Consider the durability of a product before you buy it as a gift.  Often, a cheaper item will wear out long before its more durable equivalent, which can be passed down to others.  You don't want the holiday toys to end up in the trash before the start of the new year.

2) Shop local.  We have wonderful stores that offer creative gifts and services, along with opportunities at craft and book fairs to buy something special.  Consider shopping in town before spending dollars outside of our community and on extra fuel to drive there and back.

3) Make it from scratch.  Think about making a card with a hand-written note, a list of 25 reasons your family member is special, or ornaments from recyclable materials, like toilet paper rolls and egg cartons.  Sometimes the best gift is the one you can't buy.

November 2014 - Electronics Recycling Event a Success!
Thank to you everyone who came out to responsibly dispose of your electronics at our event last month.  DataSheild collected over 15,000 pounds of electronics -- nearly 8 tons in only 3 hours!  Most of it was hazardous CRT monitors and TVs, which contain harmful substances such as mercury, lead and phosphorus that often leach into soil and groundwater when thrown into landfills. 

Special thanks to the WSC Men's Basketball team for their help unloading and sorting electronics throughout the event.  If you were unable to attend, please hang onto your electronics until our next event, usually once a year.

October 2014 - Electronics Recycling Collection on October 11
The Wayne Green Team has contracted with DataShield to responsibly dispose of unwanted electronics on Saturday, October 11, 9 am to noon at the City Hall Parking Lot.  Drop off your old TVs, monitors, computers, laptops, scanners, copiers, phones, cell phones, printers, cords, wires, docking stations, stereos, gaming stations, chargers and more.  All hard drives and memory containing devices will be shredded.  Sorry, no appliances accepted.

There is a suggested donation of $10 per carload or $25 for each commercial or business load and additional fees for hazardous electronics of $5 per monitor and $10 per TV of any size.  See www.cityofwayne.org/greenteam for details, and like the "Wayne Green Team" on Facebook to stay up to date.  Join us on our journey to Zero Waste!

July 2014 - Wayne Grow an Extra Row!
This summer, join gardeners across the nation in donating fresh produce from your garden to our local food pantries.  While picking your produce, set aside a bag of beans, a few tomatoes, a bag of lettuce or spinach, cucumbers, squash, anything fresh from the garden.  Bring your garden produce to the Wayne Food Pantry at the First Presbyterian Church, Tuesday-Friday, 9 am-noon, or to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry on the 4th Saturday morning of each month.  It doesn't have to be a lot, but if everyone does contribute, it will add up fast.  Thanks for growing that extra garden row!

May 2014 - Get a Green Lawn the Green Way
Spring means back to lawn care and according to the Turf Management experts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earlier is better than later.  Help those grass blades that are trying to push the dead tops up with new growth by mowing off that brown winter kill and letting the green see the light.  The plants are working hard to produce and store nutrients and moisture.  Do not mow short however in your effort to help.  Setting the mower at least 3" inches high is best for the lawn.  Mowing frequently and taking off less each time will promote a healthier lawn -- don't remove more than 1/3 of the grass height in each mowing.  And leave those clippings on the lawn to help shade the soil, retaining moisture and keeping it cooler, as well as returning the nutrients in the cut grass back to the plants.  For more info you can search turf.unl.edu.

April - Get Green This Spring!

The Wayne Green Team is busy with several exciting green initiatives this year, focusing our efforts on making it easy to minimize waste and increase sustainable behavior throughout our community and in our daily lives.  We're taking a break on our usual Green Expo so we can make progress in other areas.  Here's what we've been busy doing this year:
  • Turn trash into treasure.  We've been partnering with Wayne State College to coordinate a Green Move Out from the dorms, salvaging usable furniture and goods from landfills by redirecting them to local consignment and thrift stores or other reusable places.
  • Improve access to recycling.  We've been applying for grants to buy recycling bins for our community's outdoor parks and Main Street business area, and encouraging schools and businesses to place recycling bins next to all trash bins.
  • Increase awareness on waste reduction.  We're working to become more visible at public events to offer information on waste reduction and recycling.  This includes outreach to youth by teaching waste reduction lesson plans and participating at the Wayne Elementary Boosters Carnival offering Earth-friendly activities while handing out useful Green Living tips.  Look for us at more public events, and if you'd like us to join an event, just ask!

Last year alone, we diverted the following hazardous wastes from our landfills by responsibly disposing of them at our electronics recycling and hazardous household waste collections:
  • 12,000 pounds of unwanted electronics
  • 480 pounds of pesticides
  • 2,380 pounds of paint
  • 138 fluorescent bulbs

Let's be proud of our community's work to protect the environment.  And let's keep up our efforts to be GREEN!  Join us on the Green Path to the Good Life by attending our monthly meetings, liking us on Facebook, or taking the simple step of changing your daily habits to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Stay tuned for more info on an electronics recycling event this May, and be sure to celebrate Earth Day on April 22!

March - Shop with Reusable Bags
You may be thinking, what's one plastic shopping bag to the environment?  Sadly, plastic bags are rarely recycled, made from petroleum oil, and are an enormous harm to our environment.  Paper bags are just as bad for the environment as they take more raw materials and energy to manufacture per bag. 

If you've made the switch to reusable grocery bags, then applaud yourself for being environmentally aware.  But if you're still using plastic bags, read the facts below and consider making the switch when you shop.  Cloth bags are readily available for purchase and many stores will give you a credit when you bring your own bags. 

1. Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years to decompose.

2. Only 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled in the United States.  The rest end up in landfills, the ocean, or some other place in the environment.  There's actually a giant garbage heap made mostly of plastic floating in the ocean that's twice the size of the United States. 

3. It's estimated that 1 million birds and thousands of turtles and other sea animals die each year after ingesting discarded plastic bags. 

5. It takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the estimated 100 billion plastic bags Americans use each year.

6. The petroleum used to produce 14 plastic bags can drive a car one mile. 

February - Make the Switch to LEDs
Want to save money on your energy bill and get a rebate?  Switch to LED bulbs.  These bulbs last up to 35 times longer than incandescent lights and often four or more times as long as fluorescents.  LEDs do not contain mercury, generate almost no heat (which can help reduce air conditioning costs), and light up instantly.  A longer lasting light bulb means fewer changes, more savings and less waste.  Find out how you can get a rebate of $5 per qualified LED lamp through NPPD at http://www.nppd.com/save-energy/for-your-home/.

2013 Green Notes

December - Deck the Halls with Lots of Green
Be green this holiday season with three simple tips.  (1) Use LED lights to decorate -- it'll save you money and time as you won't have to keep replacing your holiday lights each year.  (2) Skip the holiday gift wrap -- which can't be recycled locally -- and use newspapers, children's artwork, dish towels, or scarves instead.  Or wrap with a reusable bag so that your gift can keep on giving.  (3) Shop local and be creative for your holiday gifts.  Consider the gift of time to help someone, or re-gift something you no longer need.  Driving out of town or having items shipped to you has an added cost on the environment and our community.  Remember, it's the thought that counts!

November - A Green Turkey Day
With so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season, don't forget to be green with one simple tip:  don't cook so much.  Save time and money by keeping portions in check and limiting leftovers to what you know guests and yourself will actually eat.  Between the turkey, the many side dishes, and the desserts, there is plenty of food to stuff everyone and more.  If needed, have leftover containers ready to hand out at the end of the meal.  Don't let food (or your hard work) mold up in the fridge.

October - Buried in Leaves
Is your yard buried with leaves this fall?  Instead of putting them in your garbage, take them to Garden Perennials where they'll be turned into compost for plants.  Just dump your leaves, but not your bags.  Call or visit Gail Korn at Garden Perennials with any questions, 85261 Highway 15, Wayne, NE, (402) 375-3615.

September - Green is Cool at School
How can kids and grown-ups be green at school this fall?  Start by greening up your lunches.  If you pack a lunch for school (or work), avoid buying food in disposable containers.  Not only does the plastic packaging go to waste, but it usually costs more than if you bought the items separately, like cheese and crackers, and just packed them yourself.  Also, skip the plastic baggies and rely on reusable containers instead.  Last, if you buy your lunch, then order only what you'll eat, or take leftovers home.  Throwing away food is like throwing money out the door!

August - The 3 Rs
Just because it's the middle of summer, don't forget to think about your consumption habits and the environment.  To help green up your list, just remember the 3 Rs:  Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.  First, reduce your overall consumption of whatever it is you use.  Next, reuse what you have until you wear it out.  Last, recycle as much as you can.  This includes donating, selling or trading in what you no longer use.  These three Rs will help you live the green path to the good life all year!

July - Wayne Grow an Extra Row!
This summer, join gardeners across the nation in donating fresh produce from your garden to our local food pantries.  While picking your produce, set aside a bag of beans, a few tomatoes, a bag of lettuce or spinach, cucumbers, squash, anything fresh from the garden.  Bring your garden produce to the Food Pantry at the First Presbyterian Church, Wednesday-Friday, 8:30-11:30 am, or to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry on the 4th Saturday morning of each month.  It doesn't have to be a lot, but if everyone does it, it will add up fast.  Thanks for growing that extra garden row!

June - Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food!
Know your farmer, know your food.  The Wayne Farmer's Market returns Thursday, June 13, on the grounds of the Wayne County Courthouse at 510 Pearl Street, offering fresh seasonal produce, artisan breads, baked goods, jams and jellies, live music and much more.  Open Thursdays 4-7 pm, and Saturdays 9 am-noon, through October.  Bring your reusable shopping bag and check out the Wayne Farmer's Market this summer!

May - Electronics Be Gone

Thanks to our community for a great show of support at the 4th Annual Wayne Green Expo last month.  We had an amazing turnout for the electronics recycling, collecting over 12,000 pounds of old electronics!  More than half of the DataShield truck was filled with monitors and TVs, so all of the hazardous chemicals inside them will stay out of the landfill.  If you still have old electronics you wish to safely dispose of, there is another e-Scrap recycling event in Norfolk on May 4, Saturday, 8-11 a.m. in the Vulcraft parking lot.  All electronics and scrap metal will be accepted free of charge. 

April - 4th Annual Green Expo
Go green this spring by attending the City of Wayne's 4th Annual Green Expo, Saturday, April 20th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Wayne City Auditorium.

This year's Green Expo has lots to offer our community, with great food, activities for kids, green door prizes, and earth-friendly tips for cleaning your home, taking care of your baby, gardening and more.

March - Spring Cleaning
Ready for spring cleaning?  Start with cleaning out your closets, cabinets and shelves.  Create piles of things you want to keep and donate.  For your donations, there are lots of options in Wayne, such as the Coat Closet or Goodwill.  Just pick your favorite charity.  You can also consider reselling your unwanted yet usable items at a consignment shop.  Finally, you can regift to a friend or family member you know would appreciate your old shirt, table or plates.  One person's "junk" is another person's treasure.  Happy cleaning!

February - Love of Water
This Valentine's Day, try showing your love for water by conserving it inside the home.  Three easy places to start are kitchen, laundry and bath, which together make up more than 50% of home water use.

  1. When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing.
  2. Use your dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.
  3. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. 

Easiest of all, repair any leaky faucets and toilets, and install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators.  These tips will not only save water, but will save you money on your utility bill. 

January - Green Resolutions
Ready for your New Year's resolutions?  Don't forget to think about your consumption habits and the environment.  To help green up your list, just remember the three Rs:  Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.  First, reduce your overall consumption of whatever it is you use.  Next, reuse what you have until you wear it out.  Last, recycle as much as you can.  This includes donating, selling, or trading in what you no longer use.  These three Rs will help you live the green path to the good life in the new year!

2012 Green Notes


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