Recycling Efforts

Pollution prevention (P2) generally applies to the practice of setting priorities on how wastes are handled.  This is often depicted as the P2 Hierarchy.  From top to bottom, the basic philosophy is to reduce, reuse, and recycle, often referred to as the 3Rs.  The goal of such a philosophy is to minimize the generation and disposal of waste.

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) strongly supports the P2 philosophy and has incorporated such philosophy into its business practices as demonstrated by the inclusion of waste minimization and recycling within established corporate and individual environmental leadership principles.

Recycling activities initially started at NPPD’s larger locations, but have cascaded to the smaller facilities and even to the individual level.  Employee initiated or enhanced recycling efforts demonstrate that District employees are concerned with protecting the environment by incorporating waste disposal, recycling and reuse considerations into their daily work.

While efforts to reduce waste make good business sense and almost always have a positive affect on a company’s financial performance, the benefits of recycling are far reaching.  Beside the potential for payback in dollars for market value of recyclable materials, recycling creates employment opportunities, extends the life of landfills, saves energy and resources and reduces taxes.  Recycling, reusing, and reducing waste all support NPPD’s mission to “enhancing the quality of life in Nebraska.”

The following examples of recycling efforts in 2014 provide a snapshot of the types of efforts and results that are seen at NPPD.  In 2014, NPPD recycled 3,089,526 lbs of steel, 200,570 lbs of copper, 181,052 lbs of office paper, 1,375,997 lbs of aluminum, and utilized 96,036 gallons of used or recycled oil for energy recovery.  As part of on-going efforts to find markets for use of ash generated from the combustion of coal, NPPD marketed approximately 172,016 tons of fly ash and bottom ash in 2014. For more information, view the 2014 Recyling Report.

While these efforts represent the results of larger, more easily documented efforts, it must be emphasized that all efforts, not matter how small, are important.  From collecting office paper and aluminum cans at the smallest office to collecting tons of scrap metal at the largest facilities, all employees are encouraged to keep the WHOWHATWHEREWHENand WHY of P2 in mind:

  All employees, contractors, and visitors
  Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
  At all work locations and in the field, home, school, etc.
  Always!  When planning work, performing work, and cleaning after work
  Because we all have an obligation to preserve and protect our
environment and resources