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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Battery Basics

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Household Hazardous Waste, Learning Center, Recycling

Batteries! In our technology-rich society, it seems we rely on them more than ever. But, what do you do with them when they die? Disposal options for batteries are determined by the type of battery you want to get rid of. So, here’s what you should know… Rechargeable and button batteries should always be recycled. They contain materials like Lithium, Nickel Cadmium, and Mercury. Most rechargeable and button batteries will display a picture of a trash bin with a line through it indicating that they should not be thrown away. The chemicals they contain are considered hazardous and must be properly disposed of to avoid contamination of our water, air and soil. Thankfully,  rechargeable and button batteries are very easy to recycle–many local stores (Best Buy, Lowes, Target, Menards, RadioShack, etc.) will accept and recycle them. Here’s a list of local recycling options for these types of batteries. Lead-acid batteries (automotive, lawn mower, etc.) are also very recyclable. As their name suggests, these batteries contain lead and acid; both of which are considered hazardous. Many auto service centers and auto parts stores (Big O Tires, Indy Tire, Interstate Batteries, NAPA Auto Parts, etc.) will accept these batteries for recycling (list). Alkaline batteries (non-rechargeable) have been reformulated and are not considered hazardous.  These types of batteries are safe to be disposed of with your normal trash.  There is a small amount of recoverable metal in them that can be recycled where programs exist. There are a couple of nearby recycling options for alkaline batteries. Alkaline batteries are no longer accepted for recycling during the District’s Tox-Away Day events; any alkaline batteries brought to Tox-Away Day are...

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Lizton, we have a problem!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Learning Center, Recycling

It’s not easy to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s something that needs to be said:  the Recycling Drop-off Center in Lizton is being abused and it needs to stop! That location is our busiest site, by far. And, we are happy to sponsor the site as it is a big part of our mission as your Solid Waste District. However, the cost to provide the location is significant (nearly $4,800 each month…). Those that abuse the site by illegally dumping items outside the bins are costing the District even more money as we pay to have those items removed. A few bad apples are threatening to ruin what is otherwise a great resource for the rest of the community. We know that there are times when all of the recycling boxes get filled up there. At lease two of the bins are emptied six times each week. If you see material on the ground don’t assume all the boxes are full, take a moment and check the boxes. If they are all full, please come back. Don’t add to the problem! So, here are some pointers and rules that apply to all of our Recycling Drop-off Centers: Pay attention to the signs on the bins and recycle right. Just because something has the recycling symbol on it, does not necessarily mean it’s recyclable in this program. When in doubt, throw it out! Call us if you have questions, but here are the basic rules to follow: Plastics: shopping bags and containers that held food, beverages, soaps, shampoos, cleaners and lotions are accepted. No polystyrene (Styrofoam) accepted. Steel and Aluminum:  containers that held food and beverages are accepted. No scrap metal/aluminum. Glass:  containers that held food and beverages are accepted; any color. No ceramics, Pyrex, plate glass or mirrors. Paper:  all types of paper are accepted. Cardboard boxes should be broken down and shredded paper must be bagged. Cartons:  gable-top and aseptic cartons like milk or juice boxes, broth boxes and/or wine boxes are accepted. Containers should be empty and rinsed; they do not need to be spotless. Labels and lids can stay on. All materials must be placed loosely inside the recycling bins; don’t leave your recyclables in bags. They are not “swap spots”. Please don’t leave items that you think someone else might want to take home and use. If you leave anything on the ground, it’s considered illegal dumping. The centers are not there to collect trash. Call Ray’s Trash (317-539-2024), Republic Services (317-917-7300) or Twin Bridges Landfill (317-745-2878) to get rid of trash. The Recycling Drop-off Centers are designed to provide a recycling option for those Hendricks County households that live outside the areas of the county where curbside recycling is available from Ray’s Trash and/or Republic Services. If you live in their service area but use one of the Drop-off Centers, please consider subscribing to curbside recycling–it’s a...

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