Recycle Heart & Sole

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Learning Center

Your previously-destined-for-the trash shoes are greatly desired by those who have none. The District is again partnering with Changing Footprints, a local not-for-profit organization that gets shoes on the feet of those in need right here in Indiana. We will be collecting shoes at participating Hendricks County schools and the District’s office from February 4th through 8th.  Our past collections have been very successful and we have high hopes for this year too! All shoes will be accepted (no inline skates or ice skates).  The following is a list of drop-off points: Avon Maple Elementary School Brownsburg Cardinal Elementary School Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District Office Clayton Cascade Middle School Mill Creek East Elementary School Danville Danville North Elementary School Danville South Elementary School Lizton Tri-West Middle School North Salem North Salem Elementary School  Pittsboro Pittsboro Primary School Plainfield Brentwood Elementary School Central Elementary School Van Buren Elementary School If you miss out on this year’s Recycle Heart & Sole collection, you can always donate your shoes to Goodwill in Avon, Brownsburg and Plainfield.  And if you are the athletic type, soccer cleat recycling is available at Avon Sports...

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Holiday Recycling Done Right

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Learning Center

It’s estimated that an additional 100 million tons of trash are generated every week between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. All that food, wrapping paper, cardboard and packing material adds up! So, we’re going to get you ready with some pointers for Recycling Right this holiday season. Capture the Cardboard & Preserve the Paper:  there’s so much packaging! Hold on to what you can reuse and recycle the rest. Cardboard and chipboard (like those shirt boxes or the wrapping paper tubes) are accepted in the curbside recycling programs offered by Ray’s Recycling and Republic Services. Large pieces should be cut down so they fit easily in your curbside bin. Flattened cardboard and chipboard are also accepted at the District’s Recycling Drop-off Centers. While we’re on the subject, let’s talk holiday cards for a minute:  the paper ones are recyclable (along with the envelope they came in), but the photo cards are not. Battery Basics:  gadgets and gizmos use batteries. Alkaline batteries are safe to be thrown away (they can be recycled at Tox-Away Days or at a few local retailers for a fee).  Button batteries and rechargeable batteries should always be recycled at any one of these fine, local retailers, or at Tox-Away Day. Lights to Lowe’s:  let your old Christmas lights have a new life by recycling them at Lowe’s. Look for bins near the customer service desk inside the front door. (FYI:  Lowe’s accepts compact fluorescent bulbs, plastic bags and rechargeable batteries for recycling, too.  Rock on, you recycling rock stars!) Electronics Everywhere:  if you have some old, unwanted electronics to get rid of, first consider reuse! If the item still works, consider Goodwill, Salvation Army or the Habitat ReStore as options (except for TVs…no one wants your old, huge CRT TV, sorry…). If the life has left your old device, recycling is the next best option (and landfilling them is no longer allowed). Fortunately, e-waste recycling options abound here in Hendricks County. In addition to our Tox-Away Days, these other organizations will accept most of your electronic waste for recycling free-of-charge. TV’s are a different kettle of fish, however. Recycling TVs is expensive and only a handful of companies will even accept them for recycling. You can expect to pay to have them taken away and recycled. The District will also accept TVs at our Tox-Away Days–we charge $20 or $25 each, depending on size, to recycle them. Taking out the Tree:  natural, undecorated Christmas trees can be recycled this winter into excellent mulch for next spring. The District will be collecting (naked) Christmas trees at our Yard Waste Recycling Centers in Brownsburg (90 Mardale Drive) and Plainfield (7020 S. County Road 875 E.) from December 21st through January 21st. The sites will be open 24/7 and there is no charge to drop off your tree. Our friends at GreenCycle-McCarty in Danville will also accept Christmas trees for recycling. They...

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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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