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The holiday season has begun in Bartholomew County and at the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District.

Holiday lights are appearing, snow is in the forecast, and we can smell the cookies being baked.

Our thoughts are on spending time with family, shopping and holiday celebrations. Most of us are probably not thinking about the after-holidays cleanup, but we want to remind you about some holiday recycling options in Bartholomew County.

Dec. 26 through Jan. 18, we will accept the following items for holiday recycling at the Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center during our normal hours of operation:

  • Wrapping paper — but no ribbons, bows or shiny/foil paper.
  • Christmas lights. Strand lighting only
  • Live trees. No stands, decorations or lights. Trees can be brought to the yard waste site adjacent to the Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center.

Also, if you have replaced an old electronic item this holiday season, you can utilize our expanded electronics recycling program. At both the recycling center and landfill we accept nearly any small appliance or electronic device with a cord. The items should not be primarily composed of glass, wood or ceramics. You can bring these items during our normal hours of operation.

Finally, we want to remind you during the holiday season we have a few dates that our days of operation and hours are altered, so our employees can enjoy the holiday season with family. The following are our seasonal holiday closings:

  • Dec. 24, Christmas Eve: Recycling center and offices closed. Landfill closes at 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 25, Christmas: All facilities closed.
  • Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve: Recycling center and offices closed.
  • Jan. 1, New Year’s Day: All facilities closed.

BCSWMD staff wishes you and your family a happy holiday season.

Heather Siesel is education coordinator for the Bartholomew County Solid Waste District. She can be reached at or 376-2614. For information concerning free educational programming offerings and resources, visit under “Education.”

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