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SFS in the Omaha World Herald's 'Public Pulse'

Updated: Sep 7, 2019

TJ Pfannenstiel, SFS's Policy Researcher, was featured in the Omaha World Herald for his opinion piece about omaha recycling being at risk due to the possibility of our service’s discontinuation. Find the full article below!




We need to recycle

It is unthinkable that the collection of recyclable materials in Omaha might be eliminated on the sole basis of cost, instead sending everything to the landfill.

In this day and age, it’s hard for anyone to call themselves idealists when they’re working towards a more sustainable Earth.

How can we not be idealists when nothing but implementing the best-case scenario guarantees an impaired future? It is no longer a matter of optimism or pessimism; we are idealists because it is and will continue to be the only ideology that works toward exactly what needs to happen.

The future of recycling in Omaha relies on this same concept; it simply needs to remain in practice.

The City of Omaha is naive to believe that there will be an influx of bidders racing to secure a new contract. Although it might have been the case before the market for recyclables collapsed, the circumstances presented to us today provide for a whole different ball game.

It’s the bottom of the ninth and we have to step up to the plate.

It is true that Omahans will have to account for an additional $1.7 million, or roughly $1 per household monthly, according to Public Works. Compared to the $3 million the City of Omaha will contribute annually to maintain the riverfront renovations, it’s a small price to pay.

Nevertheless, recycling services are an undeniable necessity for a community that wants to continue calling itself one of the best places to raise a family.

T.J. Pfannenstiel, Omaha

Students for Sustainability

Presented by Omaha Students for Sustainability Social Media Team

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