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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.

Unwanted Medicine Dispsoal

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Learning Center

If you have expired or unwanted medicines to get rid of, here’s what you should know: Medicines that are flushed down a toilet or washed down a drain ultimately end up in our water supply.  The chemicals used to manufacture today’s medicines often cannot be removed by the wastewater treatment process.  So, PLEASE DON’T FLUSH MEDICINES! Stockpiles of old, unwanted medicines can become the target of those looking for drugs to abuse. Every 25 minutes someone dies from a prescription drug overdose; learn more at Bitterpill.IN.gov. There are now four permanent unwanted medicine drop boxes located around the county: Avon Police Station | 6550 E. US Hwy 36–available during normal business hours (Mon-Friday, 8am-4:30pm) Plainfield Police Station | 1075 W. Main Street–available during normal business hours (Mon-Friday, 8:30am-5pm) IU Health West Hospital | 1111 Ronald Regan Pkwy, Avon–available 24/7, near the elevator in the lobby of the Women’s Center. Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department | 925 E. Main Stree, Danville–available 24/7 in the lobby of the County Jail Unwanted medicines are also accepted at the District’s Tox-Away Days thanks to the generosity of the Hendricks County Substance Abuse Task Force and the Hendricks County Health Department. Regardless of the disposal program you utilize, leave medicines in their original container.  Personal information (your name, address, phone number) may be removed, but the name, original quantity and prescribing pharmacy information should remain on the container. Don’t forget that over-the-counter and pet medicines should be disposed of in this manner as well. Mail-in medication disposal programs are also available through some local retailers. If you have questions about how to properly dispose of your medications, please contact us.  We’ll be glad to...

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Community Grant Awards Announced

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Community Grants Program, Learning Center

Two local organizations were recently awarded grants from the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District as part of the District’s Community Grants Program.  The funds will be used to undertake projects that promote sustainability and care for natural resources. The organizations receiving grants include Plainfield High School to transition the school’s photography classes away from the use of a dark room (and the various, hazardous chemicals) to a more up-to-date program focused on using digital technology. The grant funds will be used to purchase ten SLR film cameras that will require students to understand and utilize manual controls as they make choices about how the photographs will appear when developed. But, the move to digital will allow the program to move away from the dangerous and expensive dark room chemicals as those are used up over time. Additionally, the school will no longer have to purchase, store and ultimately dispose of those chemicals. The Town of Danville was also awarded a grant. The award will help the Town support the trees around the Courthouse Square and along Main Street in Downtown Danville. Currently, the areas immediately surrounding each tree are not large enough to support healthy growth; the small spaces do not allow sufficient water or room for the tree to grow. The Town is expanding those areas and replacing the existing tree grates with ones made from recycled plastic. The grates will protect both the trees and pedestrians using the Downtown area and are ADA compliant. The grant program offered by the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District allows local, non-profit and tax-exempt organization to apply for funds to undertake waste reduction, recycling and environmental education projects.  Lenn Detwiler, Executive Director for the Solid Waste Management District said, “The Solid Waste Management District is pleased to be able to support the good work of these organizations as they strive to conserve natural resources and teach others the benefits of waste reduction, reuse and recycling right here in our community.” Since 2006, the District has awarded over $200,000 in grants to over fifty Hendricks County organizations.  Grant recipients have included schools in every school district in the County, churches, Sycamore Services, Hendricks County Extension Master Gardeners, the Hendricks County Arts Council, the towns of Amo, Avon, Brownsburg, North Salem and Plainfield, B&O Trail Association, Downtown Danville Partnership, the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County and many more. The Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District is now accepting grant applications for the fall 2017 grant round.  The District has earmarked over $10,000 for the next grant round; each applicant is eligible for up to $5,000 in funding.  Interested parties can learn more about the grant program or contact Lenn Detwiler for more information....

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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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A Better Way to Recycle

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 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 and fewer resources spent pulling raw materials from the earth to manufacture products from virgin materials. 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 (yesterday it was a refrigerator…). 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 abuse. These kinds of issues are rare when a household opts for curbside recycling. Long story short:  drop-off programs are prone to abuse and contamination. So, that brings us back to curbside recycling at your home or small business. Both Ray’s Trash (317-539-2024) and Republic Services (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...

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