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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A Better Way to Recycle

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in Learning Center, Recycling

If you are reading this, chances are you are already convinced of the merits of recycling. More recycling means more space in the landfill, more resources that can live on in another product and less energy spent extracting raw materials from the earth to manufacture products. But, did you know that the way you recycle matters too? Most households in Hendricks County are fortunate to have curbside recycling available to them. Sure, for many there is a moderate cost involved–generally less than $10 per month–but, the convenience of having your recycling picked up at your home is great.  And, you avoid the cost of fuel and the time it takes you to take your recycling to a drop-off center. The District’s Recycling Drop-off Center program is aimed at providing a recycling option for those homes that are outside the area of the county where curbside recycling is available. But, just like most recycling drop-off programs, there are challenges. We routinely get calls from users of the centers and our service provider about items being illegally dumped at the site (most recently it was a mattress and chainsaw…). These abuses increase the costs of providing the program. Additionally, while most users of the centers carefully follow the directions about what can and cannot be left recycled through the program, it only takes one person putting the wrong material in the bin to ruin the entire load. Because the sites are unmanned and available 24/7, there’s little we can do to prevent this kind of misconduct. These kinds of issues are rare when a household opts for curbside recycling. Long story short:  drop-off programs are prone to misuse and contamination. So, that brings us back to curbside recycling at your home or small business. Both Ray’s Trash Service (phone:  317-539-2024) and Republic Services (phone:  317-917-7300) provide residential curbside recycling service to most of Hendricks County. They generally provide covered, rolling carts (different sizes available) and will pick up recycling every other week. Consider contacting them and finding out more because frankly, when comparing the benefits of curbside recycling to those of a drop-off program, curbside wins easily. It’s just a better way to recycle! If you’re interested in seeing what happens to your recyclables after they are picked up, check out this video tour of a local materials recovery facility or...

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