Holiday Party Planning

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

We’re certainly in midst of another holiday season. It’s a lovely time focused on family, friends and traditions.  But, if you’re like us, it can also feel like a very trashy time of year between the parties, packaging and all the giving and getting that goes on. If you are hosting a party in the coming weeks, planning ahead can do wonders to limit the amount of waste that ends up in the trash. Here are some tips to help you do just that: Plan your Menu. Your menu will not only set the mood for the party, but it will also determine what kinds of serviceware you will need and also what kind of recycling bins you should plan to have. Precycle.  Precycling is the process of making purchases based on what you will be able to recycle when the party is over.  Plan to purchase items packaged in aluminum and steel cans, plastic food containers (no Styrofoam), glass jars and bottles or cardboard boxes.  These can all be recycled in Hendricks County.  Better yet, purchase bulk items that you can place in a bag you bring from home. Set up Recycling bins next to all trash cans and mark them clearly.  You want your guests to have fun, so don’t make them hunt down the right place for recyclables.  Recycling bins can be a simple box, a trash can marked with the recycling symbol, or a fancy recycling bin. Send the food leftovers home with your guests, donate extras to a local shelter, and compost what you can. Take the recyclables to the recycling center or put them in your curbside receptacle as soon as possible.  Nobody wants uninvited guests (like insects) in the bin. If you want to take your eco-friendly party planning to the next level, consider the following: Impress your guests with some compostable serviceware (look in the Organic or Natural Food Section of the grocery store Promote a “reuse” lifestyle–send your guests home with personalized reusable cups, mugs, or water bottles. Avoid single-use plastic or paper tablecloths and cover tables with quilts, sheets, or burlap for a cozy, country feel Serve salads in bread bowls, fruit salad in melon rinds, and sorbet in lemon...

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Back to School & Good Stewardship

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Learning Center

Often times going back to school means establishing new routines and habits. Reading, Writing and ‘Rithmetic may be the three “R’s” you are thinking about at this time of year, but we want you to think about the other three:  Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, as well. There are lots of opportunities to make wise environmental choices as we settle back into the “new normal” of the school year. These wise choices can make a huge impact on your students’ futures. Here are a few suggestions of how your family can make stewardship a part of this school year:  Recycled – Look for recycled content school supplies – the more post-consumer content the better. These days you can find everything from recycled paper and recycled steel scissors to pencils, pens, binders and backpacks made with recycled material. Reuse – Just because it’s a new school year doesn’t mean your kids need all new stuff.  Reuse last year’s leftover supplies.  Reusing is even better than recycling and it saves you time and money.  Look for Recycled Clothing – Vintage clothing can be found at resale or consignment shops or even online and it is very trendy right now.  Many clothing brands have begun using some recycled content cloth in their products, so consider that when shopping. Choose Durable When Possible – Purchase items that will last rather than those that will quickly end up in the trash. Yes, they are more expensive initially, but you save money and landfill space in the long run. Go Paperless – When possible, have your students turn in assignments electronically.  Most schools are encouraging more computer/tablet use at home and at school. Buy less paper and more thumb drives! Make it a great, green school...

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2018 Farmers’ Market Info

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Learning Center

If you are working on being a locavore, it helps to have a plan.  Whether you are a Farmers’ Market newbie or a well-seasoned veteran, we have got the low-down on what you can expect to find in-season and when and where in Hendricks County. Why does it matter? Eating locally supports local agriculture, requires the use of less energy to transport food, fosters a sense of community, makes less waste and it is better for you. Before you visit a Farmers’ Market it helps to know which fruits and vegetables will be at the peak of the season so you can plan accordingly. The info below will allow you to know when you can find your favorites and also when the season will wane (this is when you can get the best deal on bulk purchases). We will focus on the local favorites: Strawberries & Blackberries:  Get ready! These delicious little beauties are ready in June. Look for shiny, brightly colored fruits that are fragrant. Lettuce & Other Greens:  High in antioxidants and easy to prepare, greens are also ready in June. Be sure to eat them soon after purchase for the best flavor. Peas:  Peas that are homegrown are sweet and lovely. Eat them raw, cook them right away or freeze them for later. Peas are available throughout June and into July. Potatoes, Broccoli, Carrots & Beets:  Farmers’ Markets have all kinds of varieties to choose from. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new. You will find all of these available beginning in mid-late June and into July. Beans, Cucumbers, Melons, Sweet Corn, Squash & Tomatoes:  Jackpot! All of these wonderful local favorites are ripe at about the same time. Mid-July through August you will be able to feast on this bounty. Now that you know what will be available, you need to know when and where to take advantage of this lush, local produce. Fortunately, this community is blessed with many active Farmers’ Markets. Here are the dates, times and locations for 2018: Avon:  Tuesdays, 4pm to 7pm, June through September  in the parking lot in front of Hendricks Regional Health, Avon (8244 E US Hwy 36) Brownsburg:  Thursdays, 4pm to 7pm, June 7 through September 6 at the Brownsburg Town Hall Green (61 N. Green Street) Danville:  Saturdays, 8am to noon, May 12th to September 1st on the west side of the Courthouse Square Pittsboro:  Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 7:30pm in July and August at Scamahorn Park (52 W. Main Street) Plainfield:  Wednesdays, 4pm to 7pm, beginning June 6th to September 12th, Plainfield Friends Meeting (US Hwy 40 & St Rd 267)...

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Unwanted Medicine Dispsoal

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Learning Center

If you have expired or unwanted medicines to get rid of, here’s what you should know: Medicines that are flushed down a toilet or washed down a drain ultimately end up in our water supply.  The chemicals used to manufacture today’s medicines often cannot be removed by the wastewater treatment process.  So, PLEASE DON’T FLUSH MEDICINES! Stockpiles of old, unwanted medicines can become the target of those looking for drugs to abuse. Every 25 minutes someone dies from a prescription drug overdose; learn more at Bitterpill.IN.gov. There are now five permanent unwanted medicine drop boxes located around the county: Avon Police Station | 6550 E. US Hwy 36–available during normal business hours (Mon-Friday, 8am-4:30pm) Brownsburg Police Station | 31 N. Green Street–available 24/7 Plainfield Police Station | 1075 W. Main Street–available during normal business hours (Mon-Friday, 8:30am-5pm) IU Health West Hospital | 1111 Ronald Regan Pkwy, Avon–available 24/7, near the elevator in the lobby of the Women’s Center. Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office | 925 E. Main Street, Danville–available 24/7 in the lobby of the County Jail Unwanted medicines are also accepted at the District’s Tox-Away Days thanks to the generosity of the Hendricks County Substance Abuse Task Force and the Hendricks County Health Department. Regardless of the disposal program you utilize, leave medicines in their original container.  Personal information (your name, address, phone number) may be removed, but the name, original quantity and prescribing pharmacy information should remain on the container. Don’t forget that over-the-counter and pet medicines should be disposed of in this manner as well. Mail-in medication disposal programs are also available through some local retailers. If you have questions about how to properly dispose of your medications, please contact us.  We’ll be glad to...

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A ReStore Reminder

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Adult Outreach, General, Learning Center, Recycling

Whenever you are cleaning and clearing out, consider donating items that otherwise might be thrown away, to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. And, as you embark on those DIY projects, don’t forget to shop the ReStore for the supplies and materials you need.  The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, located at 1099 N. Avon Avenue, Avon, is a great reuse resource. You can save some money, support a great organization and keep waste from the landfill. Items accepted for donation (must be in good/usable condition) include: • Latex Paint (reusable, nearly full containers, less than one-year-old) • Furniture (no rips, stains or smells) • Flooring • Flat Panel TVs • Appliances • Lawn Mowers • Gas Grills • Cabinets • Tools • Sinks • Vanities • Lighting • Building Materials • Toilets • Windows • Doors • Counter Tops • HVAC Components • Books Not only can you donate and shop at the ReStore, but they will also pick up large donations at your location.  Call 317-707-7530 to coordinate a donation pick-up.  Visit their website or find them on Facebook for more information....

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