Holiday Party Planning

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

We’re certainly in midst of another holiday season. It’s a lovely time focused on family, friends and traditions.  But, if you’re like us, it can also feel like a very trashy time of year between the parties, packaging and all the giving and getting that goes on. If you are hosting a party in the coming weeks, planning ahead can do wonders to limit the amount of waste that ends up in the trash. Here are some tips to help you do just that: Plan your Menu. Your menu will not only set the mood for the party, but it will also determine what kinds of serviceware you will need and also what kind of recycling bins you should plan to have. Precycle.  Precycling is the process of making purchases based on what you will be able to recycle when the party is over.  Plan to purchase items packaged in aluminum and steel cans, plastic food containers (no Styrofoam), glass jars and bottles or cardboard boxes.  These can all be recycled in Hendricks County.  Better yet, purchase bulk items that you can place in a bag you bring from home. Set up Recycling bins next to all trash cans and mark them clearly.  You want your guests to have fun, so don’t make them hunt down the right place for recyclables.  Recycling bins can be a simple box, a trash can marked with the recycling symbol, or a fancy recycling bin. Send the food leftovers home with your guests, donate extras to a local shelter, and compost what you can. Take the recyclables to the recycling center or put them in your curbside receptacle as soon as possible.  Nobody wants uninvited guests (like insects) in the bin. If you want to take your eco-friendly party planning to the next level, consider the following: Impress your guests with some compostable serviceware (look in the Organic or Natural Food Section of the grocery store Promote a “reuse” lifestyle–send your guests home with personalized reusable cups, mugs, or water bottles. Avoid single-use plastic or paper tablecloths and cover tables with quilts, sheets, or burlap for a cozy, country feel Serve salads in bread bowls, fruit salad in melon rinds, and sorbet in lemon...

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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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Hendricks County Rib Fest & Avon Balloon Glow

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in General, Latest, Learning Center, Uncategorized

We are excited to again be part of the Hendricks County Rib Fest! This family-friendly community event is about so much more than ribs. Runners young and old can participate in the RibRun 5K and Fun Run.  And, new this year is the addition of the Avon Balloon Glow!  The event will be at Kingsway Christian Church in Avon.  The fun begins at 4pm The District is excited to again bring Deep Fried Pickle Project back to Rib Fest. They are scheduled to play at 4:30 and 7:00. This band from Coloma, Michigan plays a wonderfully catchy songs on instruments they’ve made from a cigar box, suitcase and yes, even a pink plastic flamingo. Kids love their music and their engaging, humourous style. The Pickles will also be hosting an Instrument Building Workshop around 6:00. Want to get in the mood for some Deep Fried Pickle fun?  Check out this segment from WXYZ-TV in Detroit. See you...

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2015 By the Numbers: Youth Education

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in General, Latest, Learning Center, Programs, School and Youth Programs, Uncategorized

Youth Education is a cornerstone of the District’s mission. Each year, hands-on, interactive environmental education programs are provided to over 10,000 Hendricks County students across all school districts. Popular programs include, “Who Polluted White Lick Creek?”, “How Do They Do That?”, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and “Worms are Eating My Garbage!” The kids love the programs because they provide an exciting, engaging way to learn. Teachers and administrators love them because nearly all the programs satisfy state academic standards! Click the infographic to learn more about our successful 2015 connecting Hendricks County students with valuable environmental education. Interested in getting your student or students connected with these great programs? Contact Amy Sieferman the District’s Outreach...

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