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Sarpy County Spring Clean Up Dates
 Other communities also have Spring Clean Up Dates for those of you in Sarpy County Jurisdictions!  City Date Location Bellevue TBD www.Bellevue.net for further information Papillion April 20 - April 23, 2017  www.Papillion.org for further information La Vista April 28 - April 29,... Read More...
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OMAHA SPRING CLEAN UP BEGINS SATURDAY APRIL 22nd, 2017
Omaha Spring Clean Up 2017 begins April 22nd and goes until May 20th, 2017 The Omaha Spring Clean Up program is a joint effort of the City of Omaha, Keep Omaha Beautiful, Inc., and supportive neighborhood and community groups. This program wouldn’t be available without the many community advocacy... Read More...
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Newly Updated Omaha Stormwater Webpage!
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SPRING CLEANING with the ENVIRONMENT in MIND
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Illegal dumping and littering are crimes!
Illegal dumping and littering are crimes. If you see illegal dumping in your neighborhood, please contact the Mayor's Hotline at 402-444-5555 or download the Mayor’s Hotline Mobile App for your smartphone and submit the complaint, along with a photo using the app. It works great for reporting all... Read More...

Illegal dumping and littering are crimes.

If you see illegal dumping in your neighborhood, please contact the Mayor's Hotline at 402-444-5555 or download the Mayor’s Hotline Mobile App for your smartphone and submit the complaint, along with a photo using the app.

It works great for reporting all kinds of neighborhood problems.

Illegal dumping is another inexcusable crime that pollutes our land and violates the rights of others. This unhealthy and unsightly crime promotes the deterioration of neighborhoods and attracts criminal activity. There are many resources available to properly dispose of solid waste.

Areas used for illegal dumping may be easily accessible to people, especially children, who are vulnerable to sharp objects, hazardous chemicals, and many other health and safety hazards.

Illegal dumping is everybody’s problem. Whether we pay directly or indirectly -- we all pay! Make a clean and healthy choice by pitching in to keep the community clean. Pitching in to keep your community clean means getting involved -- not standing by, but standing in.

 

Penalties for illegal dumping: Up to $1,000 fine and six months in jail

Call 444-5555 to report illegal dumping.

Here are ways you can help:

  • Communicate with your Neighborhood Association about neighborhood problems
  • Participate in alley and neighborhood clean-ups
  • Put litter in approved receptacles -- where it belongs
  • Utilize free recycling opportunities
  • Manage your solid waste (visit the Wasteline.org website)
  • Adopt a block, street, park or recruit volunteers; set one hour, one day each month to police the area to rid it of litter
  • Report illegal dumping; individuals may not be directly dumping on your property, but they are dumping in your community where your children play.

Littering and dumping portray a negative perception of our city, our community, and our neighborhoods. It is a problem that requires a partnership of our government, organizations, and citizens, who enjoy the benefits of a clean community. It takes a little effort to help in the fight to keep our city clean. It takes very little effort to do the right thing by respecting the rights of others and their properties. This respect helps to ensure a healthy, safe and clean environment for all to live and play.

Facts about illegal dumping:

  • Poses Health Risks—provides ideal breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes and rodents.
  • Lowers property values—property values are lower in areas that have litter and dumping problems.
  • Discourages investment—investors are less likely to invest in these areas; development is hindered.
  • Attracts criminal activity—criminals tend to migrate in the areas that appear to be unkempt, which increases the problem.
  • Encourages additional dumping—most illegal dumpers and litterers prefer to dump in areas that already have dumped items.
  • Costly to taxpayers—dumping costs the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
  • Contaminates waterways and drinking water.

Important telephone numbers:

Call Police - 911 to report illegal dumping in progress.

Call Mayor’s Hotline at 444-5555 to report illegal dumping of trash, debris, hazardous materials and suspicious substances that could contaminate soil and/or waterways.

 

Did You Know ...

Source: http://roads.nebraska.gov/media/2784/habitat-litter-poster.pdf

- Birds and animals get tangled in litter, such as plastic six-pack holders and fishing lines—and it can kill them.
- Cigarette butts and other trash can poison fish and birds.
- Aluminum cans take more than 500 years and plastics & Styrofoam up to a million years to decompose.
- The Nebraska Department of Roads spends more than $1.1 million each year cleaning litter from Nebraska’s roadsides.
- The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and Nebraska Game and Parks spends more than $1 million a year to clean litter and trash from conservation areas and other locations throughout the state.