America Recycles Day

Published on 04 October 2011 by in Recycling


I would like to invite you to participate in America Recycles Day on November 15 (or sometime around Nov. 15) by hosting an event (providing an educational event in your workplace or beyond, encouraging employees or the general public to recycle, clean out your files and recycle all the paper, adding information about America Recycles Day in your next newsletter, encouraging everyone to “Take the “Recycling Pledge” to learn about recycling options in their community, reduce their personal waste by recycling, and to start recycling one new type of material. (The on-line pledge can be found at

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. One day to educate and motivate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. Get involved!

Help us spread the word and increase recycling by hosting an America Recycles Day event in your workplace, school or community.
Visit the America Recycles Day website <> and you can get started in just three easy steps:
Step 1: Create a user account.
Step 2: Register your event.
Want ideas on hosting an event? Check out our tool kits page. We have go-to guides with step-by-step instructions for: education events, tailgating recycling events and plastic bag recycling events as well as templates and other resources to promote recycling awareness, commitment and action.
Step 3: Order promotional material
Become eligible to order free promotional materials (banner, posters, pencils, buttons etc.) when you register your event.
Ready to start? Sign up for an account and and register your event here.

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Waste Cap NE

Published on 24 August 2011 by in Recycling


Omaha, NE
WasteCap’s Omaha Green Team Roundtable on September 14th to be hosted by Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc.

What are businesses and organizations doing to reduce their environmental impact? What successes are they experiencing? What obstacles are they facing? Bringing businesses together to share this information is the focus of WasteCap Nebraska’s regional Green Team Roundtables. Many times the answer to the issues they are facing is sitting across the room. The Green Team Roundtable provides business a forum to do just that.

Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc. is hosting WasteCap Nebraska’s Omaha Green Team Roundtable on September 14th at University of Nebraska Omaha’s Mammel Hall, Executive MBA Suite, 6708 Pine Street, Room 100K. The roundtable is from 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. It is free to attend. Deffenbaugh is generously providing lunch, as a result, attendees must RSVP. To RSVP or for questions contact Rozz Beckman with WasteCap Nebraska at 402-436-2383 or at by noon September 12th.

There will be networking, a green business presentation, by Deffenbaugh Industries’ Sales and Marketing Manager, Cynthia Bryant. Bryant’s presentation will cover Deffenbaugh’s environmental services and her recent trip to Costa Rica as part of UNO’s Executive MBA Program. While there she had the opportunity to study Costa Rica’s efforts to balance economic development with conservation. Although Costa Rica’s rainforests were exploited in the 1970’s for economic development, Costa Rica today provides a model of sustainable development, carefully balancing economic and environmental interests.

In closing, Julie Diegel, WasteCap’s Sustainability Coordinator, will facilitate a few introductory exercises in sustainability planning.

WasteCap is a member based non-profit, environmental organization: whose mission is to partner with business leaders to implement resource conservation resource strategies that improve profitability, community goodwill, and employee pride.

About WasteCap Nebraska
WasteCap is a member based, non-profit, environmental organization, dedicated to assisting businesses develop and adopt green practices – that improve profitability. WasteCap helps business with simple issues like setting up recycling plans and green teams to high tech issues dealing with energy, water, and air issues.

WasteCap Nebraska
Carrie Hakenkamp
Executive Director
285 S. 68th Place, Suite 540
Lincoln, NE 68510

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Published on 19 June 2010 by in Recycling


NDEQ stands for Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality…

Sandhill Plastics got a postcard on Friday regarding the Grants Programs Available for 2011.

3 different categories:

1. Public Education- funding to promote recycling and litter reduction awareness through educational programs and activities.

2. Clean up- funding for cleanup activities on public spaces.

3. Recycling- funding for equipment and programs.

If you have an application request please go to

Deadline is September 15, 2010

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Chicago Plastic Recycler

Published on 11 June 2010 by in Recycling


Bad news awaited these folks…thought this article was interesting:

Chicago-area plastics recycler arrested for felony dumping

Plastic recycling firm D&Y Trade, Inc., of South Elgin, Illinois, its CEO, Yu Tan Zheng, and fellow D&Y employee, An Hong, have been indicted on one felony count each for water pollution, as well as additional misdemeanor charges. South Elgin Police, in conjunction with the state Attorney General’s Office, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard, closed down the business on May 21st when they discovered that D&Y Trade was illegally occupying a building, following a complaint from an area resident.
Law enforcement officials observed an alleged employee of the business disposing of the contents of a large plastic drum into a nearby storm drain. Samples taken from the nearby river have tested positive for industrial cleaners toxic to fish. Defendants are scheduled to appear in court on July 9th and could face a maximum of three years in prison and a $25,000 fine for each day the violation occurred.

Cited by: Plastics Recycling Update, June 10, 2010

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Materials Exchange Program

Published on 10 June 2010 by in Recycling


Keep Nebraska Beautiful manages the Materials Exchange Program.  This program is designed to allow individuals to list products that can be recycled, donated or reused in a different application to help out the environment and keep from filling up the local landfills.

Some of the success stories include a healthcare organization in Omaha that donated lab equipment and supplies no longer needed to Nebraska Colleges and University participants.  This marriage was made possible by the program.  They called it Happy Labs!

Below is their link to find out more on their programs.  They have a board of directors in over 25 cities in Nebraska to contact for help in finding a place for your recycled products or to inquire if there is something in particular you need.

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Gift of Recycling

Published on 28 May 2010 by in Internal News, Recycling


Over the last decade, we have seen a rise in the amount of folks looking to buy recycled products, plastic sheets included.

Sandhill Plastics does manufacture 100% recycled sheets, and although we aren’t here to “SAVE THE WORLD”, we are definitely here to do our part in helping and providing recycled materials for consumers.

The growing interest does make the cost of raw materials increase and therefor prices will be adjusted to accommodate such a trend.  Most of the interest seen for recycled goods is primarily because of cost, not to save the environment.  Some companies get a kick back in government grants for using recycled content, such as plastic containers, etc.

A lot of companies or consumers have a hard time paying premium amounts for recycled goods, when they see the BRAND NEW goods, or virgin as a better deal.  Understandable, but the product is not compromised in any way and does save the Earth while using it over a virgin material.

HDPE uses less energy and emits fewer greenhouse gas emissions, which hopefully will score some points with those concerned about it.  Plus will keep the cost somewhat down because energy cost aren’t near as high to produce product.

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Local Recycling

Published on 24 April 2010 by in Recycling


Resource Recycling Conference 2010: Looking to local recycling leaders

In research being undertaken exclusively for the conference, we are surveying American local government recycling coordinators. Many industry executives, environmental leaders, and others, want more recycling to occur; however, only those working in the fox holes, such as governmental recycling coordinators, know firsthand how growth can occur. Results from this survey will lay out the map ahead for recycling’s future.
To find out more about the inaugural Resource Recycling conference, to be held October 26-27 at the Marriott River Center in San Antonio, go to

Cited by Plastics Recycling Update

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Entire Recycling

Published on 20 April 2010 by in Internal News, News, Recycling


We make a rubber blend plastic sheeting here at Sandhill Plastics.  You might be asking where we get the rubber, how it arrives, and in what form.

Questions answered!

1.  We purchase the rubber from Entire Recycling in Missouri.

2.  Entire Recycling uses tires from Nebraska and Missouri.

3.  Crumb rubber is the form they sell the rubber to Sandhill Plastics, almost a sand-like form.

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Get involved

Published on 19 April 2010 by in Recycling


Get involved for Earth Day and all year long!

Ways to do so:

  • At work- recycle all papers, cans, and bottles, use old paper for scrap papers if needed
  • At school- recycle and educate children and teachers
  • Shopping- reuse plastic bags or buy burlap ones to bring with you to put the groceries in, buy recycled materials or earth friendly products
  • On the road- commute with a friend to work, ride a bike or walk when weather permits
  • In the community- keep the community picked up and litter free, recycle, get involved with programs
  • Educating- take part in addressing the issue so everyone can take part and help the Earth

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Published on 18 April 2010 by in Recycling


Share what you are doing for Earth day!  In our post from yesterday, we had a checklist of 10 ways to do your part to be environmentally responsible.

Make sure you share your ideas with others and get the word out…

Here are some of the ways to share:

Facebook, Twitter, Emails, Phone call or Texts, Photos, Involve your Kids and Co-workers

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