Laurel Regional Recycling

The Laurel Regional Recycling is located south of railroad crossing, west of Northeast Equipment lot on Hwy 20 in Laurel. For more information, please call (402) 256-3112

Open dawn to dusk

Can you believe that Laurel spends $64,612.00 annually for sanitation operating costs!  Using present garbage rates, revenue is $1,923.00 short of operating expense.  Change must happen to correct this situation and now’s the time.  

Based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 4.5 lbs. of refuse is produced every day by each individual (regardless of age) in this way:

  • 40% or 1.6 lbs paper and cardboard
  • 9% or .36 lbs metals
  • 8% or .32 lbs plastics

Using this formula and compensating for the small percentage of residents that recycle, Laurel is currently sending 410 tons of recyclables to a landfill yearly.  According to the EPA, if every household recycled, Laurel would have a very real opportunity to reduce annual sanitation costs by 64.1% - a savings of $41,416.73/year or $3,451.39/month!

Neither the city of Laurel nor any other community can in good conscience continue driving 11,435 miles (or more) each year to transport tons of recyclables to be buried.  Never before has the expression “money pit “been more fitting.  It is neither economically possible nor environmentally responsible to keep doing this.

Plans to correct this situation include:
   Phase 1 - A new innovative regional recycling facility is open daily in Laurel to serve the public.
   Phase 2 - Promoting, educating, and instilling in everyone that they must assume ownership for personal recycling responsibilities.  Ecologically and economically it’s a necessity.

Global warming, air pollution, and ground water contamination are all helped through recycling.  Protecting landfills for the things that really do need to be thrown away is important too so they shouldn’t be filled up unnecessarily.

Communities have an opportunity to determine how to keep sanitation expenditures and rates from going up and how to help clean up the ecosystem at the same time. Recycling is not only essential but imperative.

Please recycle.

“We did not inherit the earth from our fathers; we’ve borrowed it from our children”


Economic Development Coordinator
101 West Second Street, P.O. Box 248
Laurel, Nebraska 68745
(402) 256-9614 -