EcoStores Nebraska
Value Through Reuse

Usable Latex Paint Exchange 

Paint that cannot be resold will be charged $5.00 per can disposal fee.

- Be sure it is useable latex paint. Check the label: if it cleans up with    soap and water, it is latex. 

– Paint cans should be at least 1/2 full. 
– Paint cannot have been frozen. 
– Paint cannot be lumpy when stirred. 
– Labels must be readable. 
– No rusty cans. 

– EcoStores will dispose of unusable paint for $5/can. 

   Call (402) 477-3606 for more information.

  If latex paint is not usable, dry it out and dispose of it at home. 
– Air dry small amounts. 
– Use cat litter, oil absorbent, sawdust, shredded newspapers, or          purchased waste paint hardener to solidify and dry paint. 
– When paint has dried, place can in regular trash with the lid off.

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Our Mission: To provide a chance for good material to be reused, to be an economical alternative for the community and reduce building material landfill waste.


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July 9, 2011

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Craig Steward, manager of EcoStores Nebraska, joins Nick for the program.

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EcoStores Nebraska | 530 W. P Street | Ph. 402 477-3606 |

FREE Fridays
Who doesn't like FREE stuff?
Every first Friday of the month, EcoStores Nebraska will have FREE Friday.

Selected items in the "free" area will be available from 10am until 6pm.

FREE Friday is only one day a month. The first Friday of the month.
At the end of business on FREE Friday, the selected items will no longer be available for free or for sale.

EcoStores Nebraska is now a Terracycle Collection Point

TerraCycle’s purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste by creating national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. People and organizations sign up for these programs, called the Brigades, and start sending Terracycle the collected waste. TerraCycle then converts the waste into a wide variety of products and materials.

EcoStores Nebraska is participating in the following Brigades:

Dairy Tub Brigade:
Accepted Waste: all cream cheese tubs and lids, all sour cream tubs and lids, all cheese tubs and lids, all yogurt tubs and lids, all butter tubs and lids, all margarine tubs and lids, any other dairy product tub, foil tops, plastic tub tops, any other type of packaging on all dairy tubs.

Solo® Cup Brigade:
Accepted Waste: #6 rigid cups.

Personal Care & Beauty Brigade:
Accepted Waste: lipstick cases, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, shampoo bottles, conditioner bottles, bronzer cases, foundation packaging, body wash containers, soap tubes, soap dispensers, lotion dispensers, shaving foam tubes (no cans), powder cases, lotion bottles, chap stick tubes, lotion tubes, face soap dispensers, face soap tubes, face lotion bottles, face lotion jars, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eyeshadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, lip liner pencils, hand lotion tubes, hair gel tubes, hair paste jars.

Cleaner Packaging Brigade:
Accepted Waste: pumps, triggers, pouches, and flexible cleaner product packaging. Please note, bottles will not be accepted.

Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade:
Accepted Waste: toothpaste tubes, toothpaste caps, toothbrushes, floss containers, mouthwash bottles, mouthwash caps, deodorant containers and caps, plastic soap wrappers.


EcoStores Nebraska

Light Bulb Recycling Fees
and Policy

Updated July 1, 2013


Beginning July 1, 2013, ALL light fixture donations must have all light bulbs removed before donating. If light fixtures are donated with light bulbs, a light bulb recycling charge of up to $5.00 will be assessed depending on the type of light bulb.

See list below.

Light Bulb Type

Recycle Charge

4' And Under Fluorescent

$ 1.00 each

Over 4' Fluorescent

$ 1.00 each

Compact Fluorescent

$ 1.00 each

Circular Fluorescent

$ 0.60 each

High Pressure Sodium

$ 2.10 each

Mercury Vapor/Metal Halide

$ 2.10 each


$2.40 each

U-Bend Fluorescent

$ 0.60 each

Built In Ballast Lamp

$ 2.10 each

Incandescent Bulb

$ 0.40 each

UV Bulbs

$ 5.10 each


Bulb recycling charges are due to the termination of a light bulb recycling grant program. EcoStores Nebraska now incurs charges for recycling light bulbs.