Garage Recyclables

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A UCLA study found that 3 out of every 4 garages in America are too full to hold a car! If you are looking to get rid of some clutter in your garage or store room, there are probably many items that you should recycle with a local curbside pickup program! First Star partners with Curbside Rewards Program in Omaha and RecycleLink in Lincoln for residential recycling to makes it simple to recycle those items with our large single-stream recycling bins. Our single-stream recycling system allows you to simply put any and all recyclable items in your recycling bin for pickup, without sorting them first!


Common Items to Recycle in Your Garage or Storeroom

The following is a list of items that can be recycled at First Star Recycling right from your Omaha curbside recycling bin.

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Items that can be recycled from your garage are:

  • Cardboard boxes (flattened)
  • Empty and dry paint cans
  • Empty tin cans
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic buckets

** Lids and labels can remain on metal recycling products. There’s no need to completely clean your recyclables before putting them in the bin, as our machines take all metals through multiple cleaning cycles.

Due to safety regulations, First Star Recycling and partner programs CANNOT accept any steel or aluminum cans that have had motor oils or other automotive substances in them. When automotive substances get into our system, all other recyclables

Please no rubber tires or other rubber products.
Please no rubber tires or other rubber products.

are damaged as toxins are released into the other products creating unsafe gases and toxins for our bodies. Please do not recycle old tires or oil cans in your Omaha curbside recycling bin. These not only harm the environment but they can also tear apart our machinery.


At First Star Recycling, we only accept garage supplies that can be placed within your curbside recycling bin. However, appliances such as old lawn mowers and garage door parts can still be recycled, just not through a curbside pick-up program. Other items found around your garage that CANNOT be recycled with First Star Recycling curbside program are kid’s playsets, plastic chairs, trash containers, large storage bins and other ‘bulky’ items. To recycle bigger items, take them to a recycling center or drop-off location to have them properly recycled.

Check out the Curbside Rewards Program in Omaha and RecycleLink in Lincoln to learn more about recycling materials used in the garage![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]