Troop 174 Boy Scouts Recognized As Green Team Zero Hero

WAYNE – A group of community members gathered Friday morning during a weekly event either in-person or virtually.

From the Wayne Public Library, the Wayne Green Team was this week’s host for Friday morning Chamber Coffee.

This year’s Zero Hero Award recipient is Troop 174 Wayne Boy Scouts.

Sandy Brown said the Wayne Green Team always looks to find a way to recognize those in the community of Wayne doing an outstanding job of reducing, reusing and recycling.

“It was clear that the boy scouts have made such an impact in our community by doing all of those things,” said Brown. “Their paper and aluminum cans recycling program is tremendous. It’s such an asset in our community to have someone come to your house and pick up something for free that can then be re-purposed, re-made into a product again of great value.”

David Lindner, Scoutmaster and Mike Schlickbernd Chartered Organization Representative and acting Recycling Coordinator with Troop 174 attended the Friday morning Chamber Coffee accepting the award.

The Wayne Boy Scouts are now challenging the community to recycle enough paper products to fill another truck in a year. The group, on average, has recycled four semi-trailers and one full trailer of bailed cans per year. Ever since 1951 with a community-wide clean-up collecting papers, the group has added on with paper recycling beginning in the mid-1970s during the “energy crisis” and the addition of aluminum can recycling in the mid-1990s.

These recycled items will assist the Wayne Scouts and help them fund for their scouting adventures. You can turn these recyclables items into a lifetime of scouting adventures.

The scouts accept aluminum beverage cans, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, office and miscellaneous paper, shredded paper, junk mail and paperback books. Chipboard is accepted which is the material that cereal boxes and pop are made of.

Most items that come in the mail are acceptable, even envelopes with windows in them. All types of paper can be mixed together as long as there are no plastic bags. Items with a spiral binding, such as plastic or metal or hardback books with covers must have the cover and binding removed or be kept separate from other recyclable paper items.

Wayne Scouts offer a free curbside pickup the third Saturday of each month as they ask to have these items to the curb by 8 a.m. Items can also be dropped off for the scouts at the Wayne Transfer Station during regular hours.

If you have questions about the Boy Scouts paper and aluminum beverage can recycling event, contact Mike at KTCH/KCTY radio stations in Wayne at 402-375-3700.

Other official Zero Hero Award recipients were Don and Anita Luschen who manage the Wayne Recycling & Trach Center (formerly Transfer Station) and Pac N Save with their bag credit donation program.

The survey for improving the Wayne Recycling & Trash Center (formerly Transfer Station) closed Sunday as there were 140 responses entering the weekend.

“We’re going to analyze the data, pull out the key take-a-ways and provide them to council on May 4 with an update,” Brown added. “Also, to Waste Connections and City (of Wayne) as they’re looking to re-new the current operating agreement for the Transfer Station.”

The agreement expires this June.

Visit or like Wayne Green Team on Facebook for more information. The Wayne Green Team has resumed their in-person meetings. The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the conference room of the new State Nebraska Bank & Trust Campus Branch.