First Star Named Nebraska’s “Recycler of the Year”

Wastecap NE Names First Star “2013 Recycler of the Year”

WasteCap Nebraska held their annual Sustainability Summit Awards, and this year, First Star was honored as the 2013 Recycler of the Year. We are honored to receive this award in recognition of our efforts to simplify and streamline residential and business recycling practices throughout Omaha and the surrounding communities.

“The award is presented to service provider that has shown innovation…and the highest possible standards for responsible materials handling.”

WasteCap Nebraska explains that the prestigious Recycler of the Year Award is presented to “a service provider that has shown innovation in making recycling more accessible to end-users and in developing new markets for previously hard-to-recycle materials. The recipient employs the highest possible standards for responsible materials handling.”

The physical award given to First Star Recycling was made from recycled aircraft aluminum!




First Star Recycling Wins Keep Nebraska Beautiful Charity Golf Tournament

First Star Takes Home First Place at Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Our sales team played a great game at Keep Nebraska Beautiful’s 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and brought back the traveling trophy! Keep Nebraska Beautiful is a nonprofit dedicated to environmental programs for litter prevention, recycling, and beautification/community improvement. This tournament is their only major fundraiser, and the proceeds help support their many programs. We are happy to be involved with such a great event!

First Star Recycles Cartons

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-12-13-13-pmFirst Star Recognized for Carton Recycling

First Star Recycling was one of the first community recycling organizations to begin recycling cartons. As a result, First Star and our CEO Dale Gubbels were given a featured position in the “Faces of 40” profile from the Carton Council, to serve as a model for other communities and recyclers.

Today, thanks to the hard work of industry leaders like First Star recycling,  40 percent of U.S. households now have access to carton recycling. First Star is able to accept both of the two most common forms of cartons: Shelf-Stable Cartons (i.e. juice, milk, soy and grain milk, wine) as well as refrigerated cartons (i.e. milk, juice cream, egg substitutes).

Carton Recycling Information from The Carton Council

As a Carton Council member, First Star is  committed to environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire life-cycle of a carton package. By producing sustainable and carbon smart products made mainly from a renewable resource; consumers can wisely select cartons as one of the best package choices to meet their food and environmental needs.

  • Cartons are mainly made from paper. The paper in our cartons comes from growing forests where trees are replaced by new ones and biodiversity is maintained. None of the resources used in our cartons come from old growth trees or rainforests.
  • Cartons are light-weight and have a great product to package ratio. If you choose a product in a carton, you are taking home an average of 94% product and only 6% package.
  • Products packaged in cartons are transportation efficient. In general, the same amount of product can be shipped in fewer trucks. Fewer trucks = less fuel = less green house gas emissions.
  • Big or small, recycle them all! Cartons are recyclable, where collection and facilities exist. For more on recycling cartons,