Take advantage of America Recycles Day events

Would you say that you are committed to recycling? Every household, business and community that is committed to reducing, reusing or recycling helps to prolong the life of our landfill and in turn ensures the health and well being of our earth.

In 1997, America Recycles Day was started by the National Recycling Coalition to encourage Americans to commit to recycling. Each year, Nov. 15 is declared by a presidential proclamation to be celebrated as America Recycles Day.

The Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District is celebrating America Recycles Day with three great events. First, on Nov. 12, we are one of the sponsors of the Déjà Vu Fine Art and Crafts show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus. See and purchase art from 60 artists that use reused, reclaimed or recycled materials to create masterpieces. In conjunction with the art show, the “Landfill Harmonic” movie will be play for free at 6:30 p.m. Friday at The Commons. This inspirational film is about children in Paraguay who create musical instruments from their local garbage dump.

The second event, on Nov. 15, is “Get Caught Recycling.” Come to the Recycling Center, 720 S. Mapleton St. in Columbus, or the landfill, 811 E. County Road 450S, with your recyclable items and get a goody bag (while supplies last) filled with items and coupons donated by area businesses Blondie’s Tan & Spa, Elements of Nature, Sam’s Club and WellConnect. Goody bags will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.

The third event, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19, is the fall amnesty day at the Recycling Center. Bartholomew County residents may bring the following items for free:

Up to four tires (pick-up size or smaller, rims removed)

Up to two CFC or refrigerant-containing appliances

Up to two propane gas tanks

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department will properly dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs during the amnesty day. Also, Speedy Shred will be available to shred documents from 8 to 11 a.m.

The choices that we make every day can help reduce waste. Families and individuals can buy products that use less packaging, purchase items made from recycled resources and avoid disposable materials whenever possible.

Reuse items until they wear out. Reducing our waste, reusing things and recycling takes a small amount of time, but represent a big commitment to improving the world in which we live.