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Omaha Recycling Guide

Plastic Cups

Some Restrictions Apply

PL Plastic Cup2

ACCEPTED: Empty, Clean Plastics #1, #2, #3, or #5

Place EMPTY and CLEAN plastic cups marked #1, #2, #3, or #5 in a curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container.

  • Rinse if necessary to remove residue
  • Keep items loose and do not bag
PL Plastic Cup2

NOT ACCEPTED: Plastics #4, #6, #7, or Unmarked Plastics

DO NOT place plastic cups or serveware made from #4, #6, #7, or unmarked plastics in a City of Omaha curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container. Place these types of containers in the garbage if you cannot use an alternative option.


Where Else Could It Go?

EMPTY and CLEAN plastic or foam cups made from #4, #6, #7, or unmarked plastics can be placed in an orange Hefty® EnergyBag®.

FirstStar Recycling offers a special program to collect hard-to-recycle plastics in our community. To participate, you can purchase orange Hefty® EnergyBags®, which will be collected through your existing curbside and drop-off site services. When filled with accepted materials and tied shut, the bright orange Hefty® EnergyBag® is the ONLY bag that can be placed in a curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container. Learn more about the local Hefty® EnergyBag® program:

Hefty® EnergyBag®

Ways to Reduce or Reuse

Opt for reusable and washable cups, plates, or silverware instead of single-use plastic items.

Did You Know

Compostable plastics are NOT recyclable. Items labeled "Biodegradable" or "Certified Compostable" may look like plastic, but are designed to break down into organic materials. Biodegradable or compostable products should be placed in the garbage, or composted through a paid program at an industrial-composting facility, such as Hillside Solutions.

Hillside Solutions