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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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 help...

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Tox-Away Day Totals

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Household Hazardous Waste, Latest, Learning Center, Programs, Uncategorized

Thanks, Hendricks County, for making 2016 a record-breaking year for the District’s Tox-Away Day program!  Over 4,200 residents utilized the program (more than any previous year).  We had our biggest day ever on April 9th at Brownsburg High School when 1,047 folks came through during that five-hour period.  And, for the year, we collected more pounds of household hazardous waste (flammables, poisons, corrosives, etc.), tires, electronic and appliances than we ever have! Click on the image to learn more about the results we saw with the program last year and learn when to mark your calendar for this year’s Tox-Away...

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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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