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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!
Come see and explore our new and improved OMAHASTORMWATER.ORG website. MORE content! EASIER navigation! BETTER interface! UPDATED often! www.OmahaStormwater.org Read More...
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SPRING CLEANING with the ENVIRONMENT in MIND
With Spring on the horizon and your list of cleaning and home improvement projects growing by the minute, you may begin to notice how much space your paint, chemicals, and yard care products take up in the garage and under the sink. Overstocked kitchen and garage cabinets could present a hazard and... Read More...
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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...

With Spring on the horizon and your list of cleaning and home improvement projects growing by the minute, you may begin to notice how much space your paint, chemicals, and yard care products take up in the garage and under the sink. Overstocked kitchen and garage cabinets could present a hazard and will eventually have to be cleaned out. Here are some tips to help you safely manage potentially hazardous products and keep the environment in mind:

  • For painting projects, know the size of your area and use an online paint calculator to determine how many gallons you should buy. Use it all up! Buying in bulk may not save you money if it is only partially used.
  • Practice reuse: for products in good condition, pass along to a friend or neighbor who may be able to use them.
  • Consider less-toxic alternatives for your home and garden chemicals.
  • For Douglas and Sarpy County residents, the Under the Sink facility is available for drop-offs.

For general inquiries or questions about the program, contact Under the Sink at 402-444-SINK (7465) or go to http://www.underthesink.org/

 

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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.