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Recycling program prompts many questions

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We get many questions here at Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District about recycling. Here are some of the frequent questions we get by phone, email and Facebook posts.

Q: CFL bulbs and tube lighting are hazardous. Where can I recycle my CFL and tube lighting?

Compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs do contain mercury and should not be put in the trash can. Unbroken compact, fluorescent bulbs and unbroken fluorescent tube lights can be brought to the Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center during our Tox-A-Way Wednesday program for recycling. Tox-A-Way Wednesday takes place 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Also, we take oil-based paints, antifreeze, motor oil and much more from Bartholomew County residents.

Q: I purchased a new television or computer. Where can I reuse or recycle my old television or computer?

Through our expanded electronics recycling program you can recycle televisions, computers and most electronics and small appliances that utilize a cord. This program is available at both the Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center and Bartholomew County Landfill during normal hours of operation. This is a free-of-charge program available to Bartholomew County residents.

Q: Where can I recycle? I work during the day until 5 into the evening?

There are several options for evening recycling here in Columbus. The Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center is open until 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Also, the Recycling Center is open 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Another option is the roll-off recycling bins located at Kroger, which are available 24/7.

For more information visit our website at or our Facebook page by searching for Bartholomew County Solid Waste District.

Heather Siesel is the education coordinator for Bartholomew County Solid Waste District. Send comments to or call 376.2614 press 5 then 2.

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