County has reuse resources to think about

We all know the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle.” We usually emphasize recycling because there is a lot of effort we can put forth with recycling.

Today, though, we are going to put the emphasis on reuse because there are many programs available to actively participate in this waste-reduction method.

Landfill Reuse Center

Remember that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Our Landfill Reuse Center is open to the public during normal hours of operation; 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. This reuse opportunity is open to businesses and residents of Bartholomew County free of charge.We limit this site to one visit per day and one large item for donation per day. We accept items including building materials, appliances/electronics, housewares, furniture, recreational, office and more. All we ask is these items are in reusable condition.Exclusions include refrigerant-containing appliances, tires, mattresses, medication, firearms/ammunition, household hazardous waste and excessively worn items. If there is any item in question please give us a call.

Recycling Center Reuse Cart

Almost every garage or storage unit has a half a bottle of something they just will never end up using. Donate that bottle and let someone else put it to use or take a gander and you might find that half of bottle you need. The Reuse Cart is brought out as part of our Tox-A-Way Wednesday program from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday.The reuse opportunity is limited to household hazardous waste that is in good condition to be reused. For example, paints, varnishes, stains, household cleaners and brush killer would be included if in reusable condition and original containers so we can identify the contents.

Little Red School House

We have two teacher reuse areas that are open to all teachers and educators in Bartholomew County. Our aim is to provide reusable materials to teachers though residential, commercial and community donations.Educators of all types — formal teachers, community leaders and informal educators — are open to use these facilities free of charge. Donations are always welcome from any community group or individual. Areas of interest include classroom supplies, furniture and craft supplies.Little Red School House is located at the Recycling Center and open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Little Red School House Too is located at the landfill and open the first and third Saturday of each month from 8 to 10 a.m.

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