Green Team

Wayne Green TeamWelcome to the Wayne Green Team’s website. Here you can find information on local recycling options, how to properly dispose of special waste, tips for how to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and more. To find out what projects we’re working on and what green events are coming, check out our News & Events section. 

Our Mission Statement
The Wayne Green Team

  • Promotes awareness of the interdependence of the environment, the individual and the community
  • Encourages ecologically friendly use of water, energy and consumable products

Our Motto

There is no such thing as waste, only wasted resources.

Who We Are

The Wayne Green Team is a group of community volunteers focused on minimizing waste and increasing sustainable behavior throughout our community. You’ll see us at public events educating people on how and what to recycle, teaching Green lessons to elementary school students, and helping college students donate their household items instead of dumping them. We also work to obtain grants to help fund projects, such as hosting e-waste collection events or buying recycling equipment.

In 2015, we were selected as Green Team of the Year by Waste Cap Nebraska (now known as Nebraska Recycling Council), and are one of five rural communities in Nebraska participating in their Zero Waste Project. With their partnership, we are learning how to bring together leaders to develop community-based strategies for reducing waste through policy, infrastructure and education.

Anyone is welcome to join our efforts!

How We Started

In 2009, then Mayor Lois Shelton appointed 15 individuals from the community to identify ways to increase awareness of environmental issues in Wayne and to increase recycling efforts throughout the area. The Green Team set three areas of initial focus:

  • Reducing the waste stream & increasing recycling in Wayne
  • Reducing energy use at the municipal and private levels, and
  • Decreasing water consumption while increasing retention of storm water.

Celebrating 10 Years of Service: 2009-2019

10 year Poster

Our Achievements

  • Awarded $49,000 in grant funds between 2013 and 2020
  • Recipient of the Keep America Beautiful/Dr. Pepper Park Bin Grant in 2017
  • Recognized as Green Team of the Year in October 2015 by WasteCap Nebraska, now known as the Nebraska Recycling Council

Contact Us

  • JOIN- Join the Green Team by Email.
  • LIKE - Like us on Facebook.
  • FOLLOW - Follow us on Twitter @WayneGreenTeam
  • MEET - Come to our monthly meetings held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. in conference room of the SNBuilding at 1010 Main Street in Wayne. (check the City Calendar of Events for meeting changes. We do not hold meetings in July or December.)

Green Notes!

Green Notes are handy tips from the Wayne Green Team for how to incorporate Earth friendly actions in and outside your home. Check for our monthly update, which is also included in the City of Wayne’s Utility Newsletter. Any questions, just email us!