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Earth Day activities at Recycling Center


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All Bartholomew County residents, come help celebrate Earth Month.

This year marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, a day dedicated to sustainability and taking care of our planet. On April 26, the Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center, 720 S. Mapleton St., will host its annual Earth Day celebration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Festivities for the event are for the entire time period, unless noted, and include:

Amnesty Day for hard-to-dispose wastes: Residents may bring up to two refrigerant-containing appliances at no cost, up to two outdated propane tanks (gas grill) at no cost and up to four personal vehicle tires at no cost (rims must be removed).

Electronics recycling program: Corded electronics will be accepted as part of our new, permanent program. Exclusions include items primarily composed of glass, ceramics, wood, console/projection televisions and non-intact items.

Plant swap (8 a.m. to noon): Bring a plant or plant supply to trade. A master gardener will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

Hot dog roast (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Come enjoy a hot dog, chips and a soda on us at the 3R’s Pavilion while supplies last.

Children’s activities sponsored by kidscommons (9 a.m. to noon): kidscommons will be on hand with a reuse art activity, self- watering planters from reused water bottles.

Mulch/compost loading (8 a.m. to noon): Residents of Bartholomew County can stop by with their trucks or trailers and get one scoop of your choice of mulch or compost for free.

Reuse art display and sale (8 a.m. to noon): Marilyn and Larry Brackney will host an assortment of reuse art in the 3R’s Pavilion display area. Also, Larry will be selling his Garden Guards at the event.

Document shredding

(9 to 11 a.m.): Sponsored by Speedy Shred, residential quantities of documents will be accepted for shredding. Donations will be accepted benefiting FFY.

DEA Drug Take Back, Columbus Police Department (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.): Expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications will be accepted for proper disposal.

Giveaways sponsored by Toyota: Earth Day T-shirts will be given to children 12 and younger, who must be present, while supplies last. Also, Toyota has donated reusable shopping bags, available while they last.

Various education displays: Waste Servant will be on hand to discuss your curbside recycling options. The Flatrock Haw Creek Watershed Project will host an interactive river display. The RC Flyers will create reuse airplanes. Terracycle will be at the event to discuss alternative recycling opportunities.

Spring will be springing soon! Bartholomew County residents will be out and about and in their yards mowing, working in the flower beds and gardening. One of the easiest ways to recycle and reduce your home waste is to practice yard waste management. Methods include:

Mulch and compost loading: Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District is offering mulch and compost loading to Bartholomew County residents from 2 to 4:30 p.m. every Friday through October (excluding Friday holidays). Cost for loading is $10 per scoop loaded into your truck or trailer. Simply stop in the BCSWMD offices before heading to the yard waste site to pay and receive a ticket.

Since yard waste is banned from landfill disposal, it must be diverted to the yard waste site located at the Bartholomew/Columbus Recycling Center, where it can be composted or mulched.

The Columbus/Bartholomew Yard Waste Site: Located adjacent to the Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center at 720 S. Mapleton St. All Bartholomew County residents are welcome to utilize the site for disposing of any yard waste. All materials must be de-bagged and free of any trash or debris. Please follow all signage on the site for proper disposal and obey all posted rules. Hours of operation for the site are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

All of this information and more can be accessed by visiting our website, bcswmd.com or Facebook page.

Heather Siesel is the education coordinator for Bartholomew County Solid Waste District. Send comments to heather. siesel@bartholomew.in.gov or call 376-2614 press 5 then 2.

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