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Electronics recycling, landfill gas '13 priorities


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In 2013, we are starting the year with a bang by expanding our electronics recycling program and investigating our options for landfill gas utilization at both of our landfills. We also are promoting our vast education options for the community, such as tours and presentations.

On Dec. 26, we started our expanded electronics recycling program in the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District. Through this program we will accept residential quantities of small appliances or electronic devices that use a power cord. This is a no-charge program for residents of Bartholomew County available both at the landfill and recycling center. Exceptions to this program include console/projection televisions, items primarily made of glass/plastic/wood, CFC-containing appliances and non-intact appliances or televisions.

Visit our website, bcswmd.com, for a partial list of accepted items.

Also in 2013, we are investigating projects that would provide value to the district. One of the projects that is being examined is a utilization and feasibility study of the BCSWMD landfills. We currently have a closed, dry tomb landfill and an operational landfill that do not utilize the landfill gas being produced at their respective sites. Instead, the gas is flared off into the atmosphere.

The purpose of this project is to garner conceptual designs on how to use the landfill gas in traditional and nontraditional applications, such as heating, power generation, hydroponics, small business ventures, etc. We would like to hear from you on how BCSMWD can utilize the landfill gas. If you are interested in learning more, please visit our website.

As a district, we provide many educational opportunities for Bartholomew County school and community groups. Tours of both our recycling center and landfill are open for interested groups. Recycling center tours are available year round for all age groups. Landfill tours are available seasonally, spring through fall, and are available for third-graders through adults.

All tours are free of charge and limited by availability. Please contact us early as spring tours book quickly. Transportation costs are covered if using Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. or Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp. buses.

In addition, if your group is unable to visit one of our facilities, we can bring a presentation to you. Topics for presentations include recycling, 3 R’s, reuse art, landfills and more. Visit our website for details.

Heather Siesel is education coordinator for the Bartholomew County Solid Waste District. She can be reached at heather.siesel@bartholomew.in.gov or 376-2614. For information concerning these free educational programming offerings and resources, visit www.bcswmd.com under “Education.”

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