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Here District staff members provide timely and useful information to you in a format that will allow you to quickly learn how every step you take to reduce, reuse and recycle DOES matter. The best way to stay connected and ensure you receive updates and reminders from us is to sign up for our e-newsletter; just complete the form at the bottom of our homepage.

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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Water Bottle Refill Station Available

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Adult Outreach, Latest, Learning Center

When the weather heats up, staying hydrated becomes as important as ever. For many people, that usually means lots and lots of plastic water bottles which can lead to a lot of plastic waste. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! Instead of pitching that empty bottle in the recycling bin or the trash (gasp!), refill it and use it again. Or, better yet, buy a reusable water bottle that you refill time after time. A couple of years ago the District purchased a portable water bottle refill station. If you’ve been by our booth at the Hendricks County 4H Fair, you couldn’t miss it. It has been used and appreciated by many as they made their way around the (hot!) Fairgrounds. By eliminating the need for multiple water bottles, the refill station helps reinforce waste reduction–a big piece of the District’s mission! We have plans to have the refill station at the Fair again this year. Keep your eyes open and reduce, reuse and refill! That same refill station is available to anyone coordinating events around the county, and it’s free to use! The unit simply hooks up to a water source (an outside spigot works great). It contains a restaurant-grade water filter, so users can be assured they are getting safe, fresh water. In addition to the Fair, the refill station has been used at community events, 5Ks, softball tournaments and more. So, if you are planning a get together in the coming weeks, remember that the unit is available for use to help keep event participants hydrated and wasting less! Contact Lenn Detwiler for more...

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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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