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Waste & Recycling

MCC’s recycling goal is based on the amount of materials recycled, which can be improved by reducing waste and increasing the amount of materials recycled. MCC's baseline (an average of 2017, 2018, 2019) is a 12% recycling rate, and we have a goal of a 30% recycling rate by 2026. 

In 2022, MCC is focusing on getting a better understanding of its waste and recycling stream. Planned actions include:

  •  Completing bi-annual fullness audits from our waste and recycling haulers
  • Working with the business office on purchasing guidelines that reduce waste
  • Looking into waste audit options for our three main campuses

MCC’s recycling program accepts plastics #1,2,5, clean paper and cardboard, and metal. Cardboard should be flattened and placed behind the recycling bin. See the recycling and landfill signs for guidance on where items go. Recycling right makes sure that the items in the recycling bin can be turned into something new!

Small electronics and batteries are also accepted Fab Lab boxes located in Building 10 at Fort Campus, the Mahoney lobby of the South campus, and the main office of the Elkhorn office. For large volumes, please contact for pick up.

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Landfill: foot waster, takeout cups, plastic packaging, and plastic bags. When in doubt, throw it out.Recycle: #1, #2, and #5 plastics; metal cans; cartons; mixed paper; cardboard.

Want to improve your recycling at home and in the office? The resources below will help you manage your materials correctly.

  • MCC staff and faculty: use this link to access recycling and landfill signage for your office and classroom (takes you to a MyWay page). 
  • Why reduce waste? Check out a recorded webinar from Hillside's Solutions to learn why reducing waste is important, composting options, and ways to reduce waste at home.
  • Keep Omaha Beautiful has numerous resources to help you recycle right—at MCC and at home! This website includes information on where other items can be recycled- including soft plastics and electronics.
  • Have Hazardous materials at home? Check out Under the Sink.