Recycling opportunities, education worth supporting

The idea of embracing recycling and reusing items, and reducing waste, is nothing new. Columbus residents, for example, have made good use of the city’s curbside recycling program for the past few years.

Saturday represents another opportunity to climb on the bandwagon.

The Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District is having its annual Amnesty Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center, 720 S. Mapleton St.

The event allows residents to get rid of hard-to-dispose-of items for free. Items that will be accepted, which typically require a fee to dispose of, are:

Tires — up to four that are pickup truck size or smaller, with rims removed.

Refrigerators or freezers — limit of two, including those that use chlorofluorocarbons.

Propane gas tanks — limit of two.

Amnesty Day is the culmination of several local events that have highlighted the importance of recycling. Within the past week, residents participated in the 12th annual Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show at The Commons, and the solid waste district’s “Get Caught Recycling” program, which rewarded recyclers at the city/county recycling center.

Local efforts to promote recycling are important and appreciated. The more that’s recycled, the less that goes into landfills.

That’s good for our community and the environment.