Abe’s Trash Service is a local family owned company. We have been in business for more than 60 years. Our goal is to provide quality dependable service for all of our customers.
It was 1955. The weather was hot and dry. Abe Christensen had corn in his field, and the corn was all dried up. With a wife and three children to support, he knew he had to do something, anything, to raise money.
Living in Omaha’s 102nd & Maple area (which back then was rural), Abe took one of his cattle trucks, filled the slots in the sides, and drove to 40th & Cuming. Going door to door, he asked the residents of the community if he could empty their trash. He wasn’t even sure what to charge, saying “pay me what you want to.”
Though it’s hard to believe in today’s health-conscious society, in those days 95 percent of the population burned their trash. Sometimes, particularly on windless nights or if there was fog, smoke hung over the city “so thick you could almost cut it,” Abe said. So Abe would pick up the trash and haul it to his farm, where he would burn it in a below-ground silo. Soon he had set up a fee schedule – $1 a month for once-a-month service, $2 a month for once-a-week service. He went to factories and got 50-gallon drums for his customers. He carried water to wet down the paper trash to keep it from blowing away en route to the farm. His wife Arlene helped unload the truck when he got home.
Soon he had set up a fee schedule – $1 a month for once-a-month service, $2 a month for once-a-week service.
It didn’t take long for his customers to realize that the air in their neighborhoods was improving. Soon, real estate agents asked Abe to have some cards printed so they could refer new home-owners to his service.
Abe bought his first packer (garbage truck) in 1958; his second in 1959. The second one was brand new and came from New York. Garbage packer trucks weren’t too common in this area yet. By now, he was picking up trash in Omaha, Blair, Fort Calhoun, Bennington, Elkhorn, Valley, Waterloo and Kennard. Then Doc Cady, Arlington’s mayor and a veterinarian, called him to pick up Arlington’s trash.
He hired neighbors as his employees. “Whenever there was a job opening, there was somebody there waiting to fill it.” He believed that employees are what makes or breaks a business. Abe built a reputation of great service, never missing a day on the route, including holidays. He was too busy to afford to get behind. Some said they could set their watches according to what time Abe’s Trash Service would arrive.
In 1959, Abe moved his family to a farm along Dutch Hall Road. Abe’s Trash Service is still located in this area today. Abe retired in 1967, selling each driver his route. In 1970, John, his son, purchased one route and has built the current Abe’s Trash Service from this single route.
John and his wife Peggy, currently own the company. All four of their children Shawn, Monte, Andy and Josh are involved in the daily operations of the company. Abe’s current location is 8123 Christensen Lane in Omaha, Nebraska. We have grown over the years and now employ about 60 employees and operate more than 40 trucks.
- Abe’s provides weekly trash removal service to our customers
- Abe’s also offers recycling, dumpster rental, and yard waste service
- Trash carts, yard waste carts, and recycling bins are available
- Abe’s offers front load and rear load style containers from 2 to 8 yards, emptied 1 to 6 times a week
- Abe’s also offers trash compactors and recycling services to our commercial customers
What items will you not take?
We Don’t Accept the Following
- Flammable Materials
- Hazardous Waste
- Hot Ashes
- Brush and Branches larger than 4 feet
What recyclables are permitted?
- Aluminum and Tin: Rinse containers
- Aerosol Cans and Paint Cans: Must be empty
- Paper: newspaper, magazines, brown grocery bags, telephone books, catalogs, office paper, envelopes, cereal boxes, beverage boxes, frozen food packages, and juice boxes
- Cardboard: Clean corrugated cardboard boxes or shipping boxes under the bin. Break down or cut the boxes so they are flat
- Plastic: Rinse out containers. We accept plastic container numbers 1 through 7. To recognize look at the bottom of the container for the recycling symbol 1 through 7.
- Plastic Bags
- Soiled Paper
- Tissue Paper
- Paper Towels
- Wax Coated Paper
Do you continue regular pickup if it's a national holiday?
The following holidays will delay service by 1 day for the remainder of the week: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.