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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Environmental Educator of the Year | Emily Cates

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in Learning Center

Emily Cates, Food Service Administrator for Avon Community School Corporation, was honored last week as the District’s Environmental Educator of the Year! Mrs. Cates has worked for years reducing the environmental impact of the School District’s Food Services Department. Through her efforts, her department has been awarded multiple grants from the Solid Waste District aimed at bolstering the School District’s cafeteria recycling program. Additional grants were awarded to replace wasteful single-use plasticware and polystyrene trays with durable, reusable flatware and trays. Most recently, Mrs. Cates has helped organize a food rescue program that is not only diverting edible food from the waste stream, it is getting that food into the hands of those in need right here in our community! Thanks to the food rescue program, student with leftover fruit, prepackaged food, and drinks, can simply place those items aside when they are done eating. Those items are then made available for other students, taken to the Mary Lee Maier Community Pantry, and distributed to other nearby food pantries. Emily Cates is quick to point out that the extensive environmental stewardship programs she oversees would not be successful without the help of those she works with in Food Services Department and the support of the Facilities staff members across the District. While Emily Cates isn’t an environmental instructor in the traditional sense of the word, she’s certainly taught many student and staff members what it means to reduce, reuse and recycle! Congratulations,...

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Green Gift Wrapping Ideas

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Learning Center

It should come as no surprise that Christmastime isn’t the most eco-friendly time of the year. We’re not here to bust your chops about that. But, there are some fun and easy ways to create less trash as you celebrate this year. One of the easiest ways is rethinking how you wrap the gifts you give; especially since wrapping paper is not recyclable! (Neither are traditional bows and ribbons…). Here’s our list of earth-friendly alternatives to traditional gift wrapping: Furoshiki. Never hear of it? The idea is to wrap a gift in a square of fabric. No finding the end of the tape, no running out of paper, and you can use a scarf, hanky, hand towel, or blanket to make the wrapper part of the gift. There are some great how-to videos on YouTube. Cardboard kind of looks like gingerbread. Decorate accordingly. Add a touch of the outside instead of bows. Pine clippings, boxwood, holly, cedar, pine cones and rosemary make for beautiful and fragrant adornments. Wrap gifts in Kraft paper and recycle it when you are done. (You can find it with the shipping supplies at stores or you can use paper grocery bags turned inside out). Another alternative to bows is to print a favorite picture of the recipient to add to the box. Use reusable bags. Start a new tradition. Make or buy a Santa sack for your children. No wrapping needed. Did you get some bubble wrap in a shipment? Wrap a box in bubble wrap.  It kind of looks like ice/snow and it’s basically a toy, too.  Who doesn’t love to pop bubble wrap? If you still get a newspaper, wrap in the funny papers. Use old wallpaper scraps. Your favorite sheet music can make a cool wrapper. (Okay, maybe not your favorite…) Cereal boxes can be folded into new boxes. Only have the top or the bottom of a gift box. That can be folded into a new box, too. Pringles cans make great cookie holders. Old holiday cards can be made into new gift tags. Yarn, satin ribbon, jute and other craft supplies can be used for tying packages. Aluminum foil is both shiny and recyclable. Need other ideas? One...

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