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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.

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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Open Burning: What You Should Know

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in Learning Center

Here’s a burning question…is it okay to burn trash in Hendricks County?  The answer is “NO!  It is against the law!” Burning trash of any kind is not allowed in Hendricks County (or any other Indiana county).  That includes things like construction material, furniture and household garbage.  Here are really good reasons for this rule: your health, your neighbors’ health and the health of our environment. Burning garbage releases a number of known toxins including dioxin, benzopyrene (both are known to cause cancer) and hydrogen chloride gas (causes fluid buildup in the lungs).  Additionally, the tiny particles released during open burning cause respiratory distress and increase the likelihood of lung infections; even in healthy people.  These risks are particularly concerning for those with asthma, COPD, emphysema and other respiratory diseases. What Should You Do Instead? Reduce:  Take an inventory of the kinds of things you throw away.  Can you reduce the amount of trash you create by buying products with less packaging, recyclable packaging or no packaging at all? Reuse:  There are many items that we throw away every day that can be used again.  For instance, you can find 1001 uses for coffee cans, newspapers, magazines, and cardboard. Recycle:  The Hendricks County Solid Waste District offers free 24 hour Recycling Drop-off Centers in Lizton, Coatesville, and Stilesville where you can recycle plastics (no Polystyrene or plastic film such as shopping bags), steel, aluminum and glass food and beverage containers, paper, cardboard, chipboard, junk mail, office paper, phone books, and cartons.  Visit our website for more information.  Many areas of the county are also served by waste haulers that offer curbside recycling (a better way to recycle!) for a small fee. Compost:  When dealing with yard waste, the best option is to compost materials like grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and other vegetation.  If composting is not an option for you, consider utilizing one of the District’s Yard Waste Recycling Centers (Plainfield and Brownsburg) or GreenCycle McCarty in Danville where your materials are mulched or composted. Dispose Properly:  All remaining trash must be disposed of in a responsible manner. Residential trash and service is offered to Hendricks County households by both Ray’s Trash Service and Republic Services. Most trash service in the county is subscription-based so each household determines what company it would like use for trash service. More information about open burning and how it impacts human and environmental health is available from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) at www.in.gov/idem/airquality/2411.htm...

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