Creative Recycling

Papillion Sanitation wants customers to realize that being committed to recycling often means thinking outside the box. While traditional recycling efforts are beneficial, there are alternative routes that are worth considering.

Recycling paper, plastic and pop cans is a great start, but there is much more that can be reused or recycled. We urge customers to think twice before throwing out an old cell phone, computer or pair of shoes – these are items that can have a second life. There are many businesses and resources that will accept donations, making it clear there is no need for reusable items to go to waste.

We encourage our customers to refrain from tossing out the following items and finding alternative ways to dispose of them.

Used clothing –Take unwanted 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 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.

Papillion Sanitation strives to be continuously alerted to new eco-friendly opportunities for our customers as well as for our business. Recycling saves energy, reduces waste in landfills, prevents pollution, decreases emissions from greenhouse gases and conserves natural resources. The more people find ways to recycle, the better our planet will be for ourselves and for future generations.