Over the past three decades, approximately one-third of the
planet's natural resources have been consumed.1
The United States accounts for 5 percent of the world's
population but consumes 30 percent of total global resources and
creates 30 percent of the world's waste.2 For every
trash-filled garbage can placed on the curb, 70 garbage cans of waste
were produced in the manufacturing of the stuff in your one trash
MCC is committed to doing more and using less. By reducing our
consumption of natural resources, using and reusing durable goods and
recycling products at the end of their useful lives, we can ensure
that future generations will have the resources they need for quality
standards of living. MCC is doing its part to rethink, reduce, reuse
and recycle the materials and resources necessary for the deliverance
of a top-quality education while minimizing our impact on the
What Is MCC Doing?
- Applied Technology labs minimize waste through reduce
and reuse best practices, as well as recycling leftover
materials where possible. Our Auto Collision Technology
program, for example, cleans and reuses paint solvent to
reduce the volume of toxic chemicals entering the waste
stream and reducing expenditures associated with the
purchase of new materials.
- MCC encourages the use of reusable mugs and tableware
- Collegewide paper use reduction strategies include
default double-sided printing and copying; encouraging the
use of digital documents over hard-copy; and moving to
appropriate digital marketing and PR strategies while
reducing the quantity of printed materials.
- Central storage reuses office furniture and products
by transplanting unutilized items from one department to
another one where they are needed.
- Applied Technology labs reuse otherwise wasteful
building and automotive materials as teaching tools in the
- MCC's Facilities Department mulches grass
clippings to return nutrients to the soil, reducing the
need for fertilizers and water.
- MCC uses single-stream recycling to divert more than
one ton of recyclable material each month from going to
- MCC supports the purchase of environmentally and
socially responsible materials and products.
- Keep Omaha Beautiful, Inc.
Working with businesses, residents and community groups, Keep
Omaha Beautiful, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
litter reduction, beautification and education on solid waste
issues. For more information, visit
- Under the Sink – Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Open to Douglas and Sarpy County residents only, Under
the Sink is a facility that stores hazardous household
materials such as paint thinner, lawn chemicals, drain
cleaner, pesticides, etc. until they can be picked up and
properly recycled or disposed of by a separate waste disposal
facility. To learn how Under the Sink can take harmful
chemicals off your hands, visit
Wasteline is Omaha's primary organization for the
collection and disposal of garbage, recyclable materials and
yard waste. For drop-off locations, recycling tips, collection
schedule and other information, visit
1 Hawken, P., Lovins, A. & Lovins, L. H.
(1999). Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial
Revolution. Boston: Little, Brown and Company.
2 Miller, G. T. (1998). Living in the Environment.
Belmont: Wadsworth Publishing Co.
3 Young, J. E., & Sachs, A., (1994). The Next
Efficiency Revolution: Creating a Sustainable Materials Economy.
World Watch Paper, 20(4): 285-286.