Recycle Heart & Sole

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Adult Outreach, General, Learning Center, Programs, Recycling, School and Youth Programs

Valentine’s Day is a day to open up your heart and share your love with others.  Again this year, sharing your love could include sharing your gently used shoes. We know what you’re thinking, “What do old shoes have to do with sharing the love?”  We are so glad you asked!  We are asking you to Recycle Heart & Sole by donating your old, outgrown, or “so last year” shoes to us.  Your previously-destined-for-the trash shoes are greatly desired by those who have none.  The District then donates those shoes to Changing Footprints a local not-for-profit organization that gets shoes on the feet of those in need right here in Indiana.  In the past, we have collected 3,500  pairs of shoes in just one week! We will be collecting shoes at participating Hendricks County schools during the week of February 6th through 10th to send to souls in need of your soles in Central Indiana.  All shoes (except inline skates or ice skates) will be accepted.  The following is a list of drop-off points: Amo Mill Creek West Elementary School Avon Avon High School Avon Intermediate West Avon Middle School North Hickory Elementary School Maple Elementary School Pine Tree Elementary School Sycamore Elementary School Brownsburg Bethesda Christian School Brownsburg East Middle School Bronwsburg High School Cardinal Elementary School Eagle 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 Pittsboro Pittsboro Elementary School Pittsboro Primary School Plainfield Central 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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Burning Questions

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Adult Outreach, General, Learning Center, Yard Waste Recycling Centers

Fall is such a beautiful season to live in Indiana!  This is also a great time to remind you of the dos and don’ts related to the leaves that come down during this great time of year. One of the best and easiest ways to deal with leaves is to leave them alone.  Just run over them with the mower to break them into tiny pieces and let them naturally decompose.  This will not only save yourself some back-breaking work, but it will also provide your lawn with some nutrient-rich material. Other ideas for “recycling” leaves are to stockpile them to be used later in a compost pile or use them as mulch.  As an added bonus, the District operates two Yard Waste Recycling Centers in Plainfield and Brownsburg that will be open through the end of  November. Although “recycling” leaves is the best option for the environment, we realize that some people still burn leaves.  If that’s the approach you are going to take, you should be aware of the rules related to open burning.  These rules are aimed at protecting the health and safety of you and your neighbors as well as the air quality of our community. Leaf burning is not permitted in most town limits within Hendricks County.  Call your local town office or fire department to find out the rules for your town. In populated areas, there is more risk of fire spreading. Smoke and poor air quality for neighbors are a concern. If you live outside of a town, but within the county, leaves must be burned in a container. Burning should be done during daylight hours so that the fire can be monitored. A garden hose should be available. The fire should be attended at all times. The burning of prairie plantings is permitted. Make sure that the people burning the prairie plantings are properly trained. Pay attention to weather conditions. Alert your local Fire Department before a burn. Agricultural burning is permitted. Cleaning up fence rows, clearing trees and the like are allowed. Be aware of weather conditions. Have a water source nearby. Campfires and Bonfires are allowed in Hendricks County. Towns may put limits on campfires and bonfires within their town limits, so, check with your town before starting a recreational fire. Don’t forget that burning leaves does release particulate into the air and can cause health problems.  So before you light a match, consider your health, your neighbors’ health and the health of the environment.  Mulch, compost, or properly recycle your leaves instead.  And please note that burning trash of any kind is prohibited by State...

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Tips for Fall Time Cleanup…and…Can You Burn Those Leaves?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Adult Outreach, General, Learning Center, Recycling

It’s fall in Indiana. Our beautiful leaves are changing and starting to come down.  Many gardens are done growing and it’s time to do a thorough cleanup before the cold weather gets here. Don’t forget you can “recycle” your leaves, twigs, and garden trimmings. One of the easiest ways to deal with leaves is to leave them alone–run over them with the mower to break them into tiny pieces and let them naturally decompose. This will not only save you some back-breaking work, but it will also provide your lawn with some nutrient-rich material. Other ideas for “recycling” leaves are to stockpile them to be used later in a compost pile or use them as mulch. As an added bonus, the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District operates two Yard Waste Recycling Centers in Plainfield and Brownsburg that will be open until November 29, 2016, and will reopen in April . Although “recycling” leaves is the best option for the environment, we realize that some people still burn leaves. Leaf burning may have been one of your favorite pastimes as a kid, but there are some rules and precautions you should be aware of about burning for very good health, safety and environmental reasons. Leaf burning is not permitted in most town limits within Hendricks County.  Call your local town office or fire department to find out the rules where you live. In populated areas there is more risk for fire spreading. Smoke and poor air quality for neighbors are a concern. If you live outside of a town, but within the county, leaves must be burned in a container. Burning must be done during daylight hours so that the fire can be monitored. A garden hose must be readily available. The fire must be attended at all times. Burning of prairie plantings is permitted. Make sure that the people burning the prairie plantings are properly trained. Pay attention to weather conditions. Alert your local fire department before a burn. Agricultural burning is permitted. Cleaning up fence rows, clearing trees and the like are allowed. Be aware of weather conditions. Have a water source nearby. Campfires and Bonfires are allowed in Hendricks County. Each town has its own requirements. Be aware that burning leaves does release particulate into the air and can cause health problems.  So, before you light a match, consider your health, your neighbors’ health and the health of the environment and mulch, compost, or properly recycle your leaves.  Note: burning trash is never...

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Hendricks County Rib Fest & Avon Balloon Glow

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in General, Latest, Learning Center, Uncategorized

We are excited to again be part of the Hendricks County Rib Fest! This family-friendly community event is about so much more than ribs. Runners young and old can participate in the RibRun 5K and Fun Run.  And, new this year is the addition of the Avon Balloon Glow!  The event will be at Kingsway Christian Church in Avon.  The fun begins at 4pm The District is excited to again bring Deep Fried Pickle Project back to Rib Fest. They are scheduled to play at 4:30 and 7:00. This band from Coloma, Michigan plays a wonderfully catchy songs on instruments they’ve made from a cigar box, suitcase and yes, even a pink plastic flamingo. Kids love their music and their engaging, humourous style. The Pickles will also be hosting an Instrument Building Workshop around 6:00. Want to get in the mood for some Deep Fried Pickle fun?  Check out this segment from WXYZ-TV in Detroit. See you...

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