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Officials explain Omaha trash collection changes, demo new garbage trucks

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 10:45 AM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Mayor Jean Stothert and FCC Environmental officials talked more about the new garbage collection services and equipment coming to residents later this month during a Friday morning news conference.

The new service, utilizing the new carts, starts Nov. 30. FCC employees gave a demonstration of the new trucks grabbing the new carts at the end of Friday’s update.

Mayor Jean Stothert says your day of collection will not change.

Recyclables will also be picked up.

“Recyclables will be picked up curbside. They will be processed. They are not going to go to the landfill,” said Mayor Stothert.

Yard waste and trash will be collected together.

So—all of your garden waste and tree clippings can go in a cart with your regular garbage.

They will go into the cart with a black lid.

But if you have extra you will need to purchase a new sticker for $1.98 plus tax.

”Additional yard waste will be collected curbside in brown yard waste bags if the bag is marked with a prepaid sticker. FCC will also pick up branches less than four feet long and two inches in diameter,” says Stothert.

What you need to know about yard waste collection:

  • Yard waste and trash will be collected together in the carts with the black lid. Yard waste includes grass clippings, twigs, Christmas trees that fit in the bin, and garden plants.
  • Additional yard waste that doesn’t fit in in the bin will be collected in brown yard waste bags that have a prepaid sticker.
  • FCC will collect branches as big as 4 feet long, 2 inches in diameter, and in a bundle up to 50 pounds. The bundle must contain a prepaid sticker.
  • Beginning next year in the spring and fall, prepaid stickers won’t be required for yard waste collection for 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Prepaid stickers are available at 33 Omaha locations including HyVee, Family Fare, Westlake Hardware, Menards, IDeal Hardware, and Supermecardo locations.
  • During the spring and fall, all yard waste will go to OmahGrow and the rest of the year it will go to the landfill.

What you need to know about recycling:

  • Your trash and recycling collection days won’t change.
  • The 75th and Corby recycling location will close and move to 109th and Emmet. The 27th and Douglas location will also close and move to 17th and Burt.
  • Both sites are full-service sites that include glass recycling.
  • Your old trash cans and recycling bins will be recycled if possible. You can either bring them to the FCC headquarters at 5902 N. 16th Street or if they fit, place them inside your new trash bins to be collected. Do not place them in the new recycling bins.

FCC’s Dan Brazil, director of collection services, and Justin Gallagher, general manager in Omaha, joined the mayor for Friday’s demonstration. More information about the city’s trash and recycling services can be found on the Omaha Wasteline website.

This is a developing story. Stay with 6 News for updates.

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