Community Strives For “Zero Waste” With Recycling Event

WAYNE – If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s accumulating stuff.

The problem becomes what to do with all that stuff when we don’t want it anymore.

That’s where the Wayne Green Team comes in. The group hosted their fifth annual electronics recycling event in Wayne on Saturday. Volunteers accepted the broken, unwanted and downright obsolete electronics that have been clogging up northeast Nebraskans homes over the last year.

“What we know is that the people of Wayne have a lot of electronics, computers and old TV’s still that they want to get rid of and do in the right way,” said Sandy Brown of the Wayne Green Team.

Volunteers, including members of the Wayne State basketball team, sorted thousands of pounds of electronics, where it would then be hauled off by Nebraska Recycles to be disposed of properly. Brown says over their previous four events they’ve recycled 33 tons of electronics.

“It’s good because it’s not going into the landfill. It’s being diverted and disposed of properly,” Brown said.

The event is part of the Green Team’s efforts to make Wayne a zero-waste community. It’s a concept that’s received a lot of local buy-in.

“I think we are unique in that way, but I want us to be kind of the first domino to start the rest, because the people of Wayne really care about being green,” Brown said.

The recycling event is presented in part due to a grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. It’s also a fundraiser that helps support the many events the Green Team puts on each year.

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