What To Do With Latex Paint

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Learning Center

Unwanted or unusable latex paint seems to be everywhere. Many of us inherit a less-than-desirable collection of it when we buy a house; leftovers from the previous owners. The good news is latex paint is non-toxic and doesn’t require any special disposal (so please don’t bring it to Tox-Away Day…doing so slows down the line & increases the District’s cost to provide the events…). Once it’s been dried out, local trash haulers will pick it up with your normal household trash. But, there is a better way! Avoiding the need to dispose of that paint is a much better option. So, here are some quick tips to help you do just that. BUY IT RIGHT–the best way to avoid having leftover paint you don’t want is to buy the correct amount to begin with. Consult an online paint calculator or ask the representative at the paint counter for help figuring what you’ll need. STORE IT RIGHT–extreme temperatures will ruin paint! If possible, store paint in an interior closet. Be sure the lids are on tightly. You can even store the cans upside down and allow the paint itself to form an airtight seal against the lid. USE IT UP–before throwing paint away you no longer want, consider giving it another life. Maybe a neighbor or non-profit can use it (Habitat ReStore in Avon will accept usable latex paint in full or nearly full containers. They also sell a line of recycled paint–it’s good stuff at a very good price!). Or, perhaps it would make a perfect primer for your next painting project. If you must throw some paint away, simply add sand or clay-based cat litter to the paint until there are equal parts of absorbent and paint. Stir until well mixed. Place the uncovered container in a well-ventilated area until the mixture hardens. Then dispose of the uncovered container with your regular trash (leaving the containers uncovered lets your trash hauler know that the paint has been hardened).  TIP:  when drying paint from a container that is more than half full, line a sturdy cardboard box with a garbage bag. Alternate between pouring absorbent and paint into the lined box until the paint container is empty. Stir until mixed and let it harden. Click to watch our Latex Paint Drying Video Demonstration (yes, it is as exciting as it sounds…) Oil-based paints, stains, varnishes, lacquers, etc. should be disposed of at a Tox-Away Day. We accept these (and many other materials) free-of-charge at the...

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Yard Waste Recycling Centers are Open!

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Learning Center

It’s hard to believe that materials that are so rich in organic matter and micronutrients could ever be called “waste”. But, we understand that not everyone has the time, space or inclination to compost. If you are looking to clear things like weeds, tree trimmings, plant materials, grass clippings and leaves from your yard, we have a place for you to recycle them. The District operates two Yard Waste Recycling Centers for your convenience in Brownsburg and Plainfield. The sites are open from April through November and are to be used by Hendricks County residents to recycle yard waste from their households. Businesses are not to use these facilities for material they may generate through their operations. Only organic material is accepted at these facilities. Tree stumps, sod, soil, building materials and plastic bags cannot be deposited at the Yard Waste Recycling Centers. Firewood may be left at the Centers free-of-charge for others to pick up to use. The material collected at the Centers is ultimately processed into mulch. Customers are responsible for unloading all materials. Wood chips are usually available for free pick-up at the Brownsburg Yard Waste Recycling Center. Residents are urged to call ahead to confirm availability and are responsible for loading and hauling the wood chips. Hours & Locations: Brownsburg Yard Waste Recycling Center 90 Mardale Drive Open 7am to 5pm on Tues., Fri. & Sat. Phone:  317-858-8231 Plainfield Yard Waste Recycling Center 7020 S. County Road 875 E. Open 7am to 5pm on Mon., Fri. & Sat. Phone:  317-838-9332 GreenCycle McCarty in Danville also accepts organic waste (including soil and sod) at the company’s facility in Danville and are another great, local resource for managing yard...

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Tox-Away Days: What You Should Know

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Adult Outreach, General, Household Hazardous Waste, Learning Center, Programs, Recycling

The District offers multiple Tox-Away Days each spring, summer and fall. The events allow Hendricks County residents to dispose of their HHW free of charge. Fees apply for the recycling of televisions, appliances and tires (in some cases).  Regulations prohibit businesses from utilizing the events. So, what should you know if you are planning to utilize one of our upcoming Tox-Away Days? 1) They are very popular & well-attended.  As such, sometimes the lines for Tox-Away Days can be long.  But, don’t let that scare you away!  The lines typically move quickly with most visitors getting through in under ten minutes. Also, note that any Hendricks County resident is welcome to use any of the Tox-Away Days, you don’t have to only come to the one in your town. 2) We are there, rain or shine. Indiana weather is fickle.  But, regardless of the forecast or what might be falling from the sky, we will be there on Tox-Away Day. There have been instances when severe weather has necessitated us pausing the line so our workers could seek shelter.  If that happens, rest assured that we will resume the event when it is safe to do so and will get everyone taken care of. 3) Don’t bring latex paint.  We ask residents not to bring latex paint to Tox-Away Days.  Why? Because latex paint is a water-based substance and it is non-hazardous.  It can be dried out and disposed of with your normal household trash.  Discouraging latex paint from Tox-Away Days helps the District minimize costs and speeds the Tox-Away Day lines up for everybody (see #1 above). Check out our step-by-step paint drying video demonstration. 4) Document shredding is not available.  Protecting your private information is important.  But, the mission of the Solid Waste Management District is about protecting the environment. So, that’s our focus during these events.  Document shredding is available every day from Staples and Office Depot in their print departments.  Or, watch for information from your town about upcoming shredding events. 5) No heavy trash, please. Items such as mattresses, furniture, scrap metal, flooring and construction debris, etc. should not be brought to Tox-Away Day for disposal. We also are not set up to receive traditional recyclables like bottles, cans, newspaper and cardboard during the events. 6) Stay in your vehicle & let us do the work.  We Hoosiers are helpful & hard working by our nature. But, when it comes to Tox-Away Day, it’s better for everyone if you stay in your vehicle and let us do the unloading. The fact is, it helps keep the lines moving faster. Once one person gets out to help unload, then others begin to do the same thing–all that shifting, unbuckling, door opening, walking, chatting, walking, door closing, re-buckling and shifting takes time… 7) Be on time.  Tox-Away Days operate from 8am until 1pm.  The workers that...

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Electronics Recycling

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Learning Center

Did you notice how many electronic devices were given as gifts during the holiday or how many are incessantly advertised on TV? It’s true that most of us are quite attached to our devices–smartphones, tablets, e-readers, laptops and HD TVs are all part of our daily lives and American culture.  This time of year often means bringing in the new and moving out the old.  So, you might be wondering about what to do with your outdated or obsolete electronics.  We can help. Electronics compose an ever increasing proportion of what we throw away.  We have seen a huge increase in a number of electronics we receive at our Tox-Away Days.  In fact, in 2016, we received and recycled nearly 84,000 pounds of e-waste through that program–significantly more than any other previous year.  Fortunately, there are options for safe disposal of electronics in Hendricks County.  Below, we’ll explain an easy way to connect to those recycling options. First, let’s talk about why it is so important to recycle your electronic gadgetry. Electronics make up about 1-2% of the waste stream (what we put in the trash).  At greater issue, is the rate at which this portion of the waste stream is increasing and the toxicity of those items. Electronic waste is the fastest growing portion of the waste stream! What’s more, CRT’s (cathode ray tube), TV’s and computer monitors contain many toxic substances including lead. A typical, older style 15” monitor can contain up to 1.5 pounds of lead. So, proper recycling of these items is important to prevent the release of toxins like lead, mercury, and cadmium into our air, soil and groundwater. How can you find out where to recycle electronics?  Simply visit our Online Recycling Directory.  Once there, select the type of electronic you have and your local options will populate.  We encourage you to always contact the recycling organization directly for details about their program....

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TOX-AWAY DAYS: What Happens to the Stuff?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Household Hazardous Waste, Learning Center, Recycling

We recently wrapped up another very successful year of Tox-Away Days.  In fact, in 2016 the District was able to help more residents properly dispose and recycle more material than in any previous year!  Well done, Hendricks County!  We’ll cover some of the facts and figures related to this year’s Tox-Away Days in a few weeks. This time around, we are gong to share with you what ultimately happens to the materials we collect during the events. As you might expect, the District works hard to ensure that as much material gets recycled as is feasible during the events. For those items that cannot be recycled, an approved disposal method–landfilling or incineration–is used. Pesticides/Herbicides: incinerated Fluorescent Light Bulbs: recycled for mercury, metal and glass Flammables: used in fuel blending applications when possible Putties & Adhesives:  landfilled Unwanted Medicines: incineration Batteries: recycled for metals Appliances: refrigerants are removed, if necessary, then the units are recycled for their metals and plastics Tires: recycled into playground covering or used as a fuel additive for power generation Computers & Electronics: batteries, inks and toners are removed and recycled. The units are then shredded and separated into various types of metals for recycling. Many of today’s electronics contain precious metals that are highly sought by manufacturers as they produce new gadgets.  We’re already making plans for next year’s Tox-Away Days. We’ll again be offering five events across the county. Remember, if you live in Hendricks County you can use any of the Tox-Away Days–you don’t have to use the one that’s held in your town. If you have materials to recycle or dispose of before next spring, check out our online Recycling Directory.  It will link you to local recycling, reuse and disposal options for many of the items we accept at the Tox-Away Day events. Or, simply contact us and we’ll be happy to...

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