Creative recycling in Omaha, Nebraska

Papillion Sanitation wants customers to realize that being committed to recycling often means thinking outside the box. It’s great to recycle paper, plastic and aluminum cans, but there is so much more that can be reused or recycled. We urge customers to think twice before throwing away an old cell phone or pair of shoes – these are items that can have a second life.

Take a good look around the house and consider recycling the following items before you toss them into the bin:

  • Used clothing

    People can take clothes to Goodwill, Salvation Army or a consignment shop, where they can even make a few extra dollars if their clothes sell. Customers can also shop for secondhand clothes instead of buying new, which reduces energy required for production and manufacturing.

  • Shoes

    Shoes can also be donated to Goodwill or Salvation Army, as well as sold at consignment shops. Old pairs of athletic sneakers can be taken to Niketown or Nike Factory stores for recycling.

  • Cellular Phones

    The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Apple, Call to Protect, and March of Dimes are all organizations that will take people’s old cell phones and recycle them. More information can be found on the organizations’ websites.

  • Office Products

    Unwanted office products and small electronics can be taken to any Staples store nationwide for refurbishment or recycling.

  • Computers

    Most major computer companies offer recycling options. Check out the websites of Apple, Dell, HP, Gateway and Toshiba for more information.

  • Mattresses

    Mattresses can be dropped off at Goodwill or Salvation Army, or posted online at or Craigslist.

  • Wire Hangers

    Some dry cleaners will take wire hangers to reuse or recycle. Alteration shops may have use for them as well.

  • Grocery Bags

    Paper grocery bags can be recycled and plastic ones can be used for trash can liners, dirty diaper bags, animal waste, etc. Using cloth bags for groceries is also a great way to go green.

Recycling saves energy, reduces waste in the landfills, prevents pollution, decreases emissions from greenhouse gases and conserves natural resources.  When people find ways to recycle, it makes the planet better today, and also for future generations.