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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.

Careful Car Care

Posted by on Aug 6, 2019 in Learning Center

Love of the automobile is an American tradition. Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are also a very American concept.  Millions of us do standard vehicle maintenance, including oil changes, in our own garages, barns and driveways. It’s a great way to save some cash, connect with your ride and get your hands dirty! But, it is vitally important that automotive fluids such as motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze and brake fluid are disposed of properly. Automotive fluids that are dumped down the drain, put in the trash or are poured on the ground can do significant environmental damage. If improperly disposed of, the amount of oil in one standard oil change can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water. Every year, in the U.S., 180 million gallons of used motor oil is dumped on the ground, down sewers and into landfills by DIYers. That is 16 times the amount lost in the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989! The good news? There are many local outlets to properly recycle these types of materials. Most automotive fluids can be re-refined and used again and again—including motor oil, antifreeze and transmission fluid. When changing your own oil or working with another automotive fluid, carefully collect the unwanted solution in a sturdy container with a cap. Do not combine different chemicals in the same container. Used motor oil can be recycled locally at most auto service providers and auto parts stores—some local examples include Brownsburg Muffler and Service, Auto Zone, Indy Lube, Walmart, Mel’s Service Center and Indy Tire Center (full list). Some of these same places will also accept oil filters, brake fluid, antifreeze, and other fluids for recycling. Some limits may apply, so call ahead for program details and...

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Recycle Heart & Sole

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Learning Center

Your previously-destined-for-the trash shoes are greatly desired by those who have none. The District is again partnering with Changing Footprints, a local not-for-profit organization that gets shoes on the feet of those in need right here in Indiana. We will be collecting shoes at participating Hendricks County schools and the District’s office from February 4th through 8th.  Our past collections have been very successful and we have high hopes for this year too! All shoes will be accepted (no inline skates or ice skates).  The following is a list of drop-off points: Avon Maple Elementary School Brownsburg Cardinal 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 North Salem North Salem Elementary School  Pittsboro Pittsboro Primary School Plainfield Brentwood Elementary School Central Elementary School Van Buren 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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Holiday Recycling Done Right

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Learning Center

It’s estimated that an additional 100 million tons of trash are generated every week between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. All that food, wrapping paper, cardboard and packing material adds up! So, we’re going to get you ready with some pointers for Recycling Right this holiday season. Capture the Cardboard & Preserve the Paper:  there’s so much packaging! Hold on to what you can reuse and recycle the rest. Cardboard and chipboard (like those shirt boxes or the wrapping paper tubes) are accepted in the curbside recycling programs offered by Ray’s Recycling and Republic Services. Large pieces should be cut down so they fit easily in your curbside bin. Flattened cardboard and chipboard are also accepted at the District’s Recycling Drop-off Centers. While we’re on the subject, let’s talk holiday cards for a minute:  the paper ones are recyclable (along with the envelope they came in), but the photo cards are not. Battery Basics:  gadgets and gizmos use batteries. Alkaline batteries are safe to be thrown away (they can be recycled at Tox-Away Days or at a few local retailers for a fee).  Button batteries and rechargeable batteries should always be recycled at any one of these fine, local retailers, or at Tox-Away Day. Lights to Lowe’s:  let your old Christmas lights have a new life by recycling them at Lowe’s. Look for bins near the customer service desk inside the front door. (FYI:  Lowe’s accepts compact fluorescent bulbs, plastic bags and rechargeable batteries for recycling, too.  Rock on, you recycling rock stars!) Electronics Everywhere:  if you have some old, unwanted electronics to get rid of, first consider reuse! If the item still works, consider Goodwill, Salvation Army or the Habitat ReStore as options (except for TVs…no one wants your old, huge CRT TV, sorry…). If the life has left your old device, recycling is the next best option (and landfilling them is no longer allowed). Fortunately, e-waste recycling options abound here in Hendricks County. In addition to our Tox-Away Days, these other organizations will accept most of your electronic waste for recycling free-of-charge. TV’s are a different kettle of fish, however. Recycling TVs is expensive and only a handful of companies will even accept them for recycling. You can expect to pay to have them taken away and recycled. The District will also accept TVs at our Tox-Away Days–we charge $20 or $25 each, depending on size, to recycle them. Taking out the Tree:  natural, undecorated Christmas trees can be recycled this winter into excellent mulch for next spring. The District will be collecting (naked) Christmas trees at our Yard Waste Recycling Centers in Brownsburg (90 Mardale Drive) and Plainfield (7020 S. County Road 875 E.) from December 21st through January 21st. The sites will be open 24/7 and there is no charge to drop off your tree. Our friends at GreenCycle-McCarty in Danville will also accept Christmas trees for recycling. They...

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Back to School & Good Stewardship

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Learning Center

Often times going back to school means establishing new routines and habits. Reading, Writing and ‘Rithmetic may be the three “R’s” you are thinking about at this time of year, but we want you to think about the other three:  Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, as well. There are lots of opportunities to make wise environmental choices as we settle back into the “new normal” of the school year. These wise choices can make a huge impact on your students’ futures. Here are a few suggestions of how your family can make stewardship a part of this school year:  Recycled – Look for recycled content school supplies – the more post-consumer content the better. These days you can find everything from recycled paper and recycled steel scissors to pencils, pens, binders and backpacks made with recycled material. Reuse – Just because it’s a new school year doesn’t mean your kids need all new stuff.  Reuse last year’s leftover supplies.  Reusing is even better than recycling and it saves you time and money.  Look for Recycled Clothing – Vintage clothing can be found at resale or consignment shops or even online and it is very trendy right now.  Many clothing brands have begun using some recycled content cloth in their products, so consider that when shopping. Choose Durable When Possible – Purchase items that will last rather than those that will quickly end up in the trash. Yes, they are more expensive initially, but you save money and landfill space in the long run. Go Paperless – When possible, have your students turn in assignments electronically.  Most schools are encouraging more computer/tablet use at home and at school. Buy less paper and more thumb drives! Make it a great, green school...

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