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Special events help with disposal of items

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We would like to thank those who were a vendor, volunteer or attendee at our Earth Day 2014 celebration at the Columbus/Bartholomew County Recycling Center.

The event was a success, especially with the hard-to-dispose-of wastes.

We collected more than 300 tires, more than 30 propane tanks and more than 75 refrigerant-containing appliances.

This event would not have been possible without the support of our local government and our sponsors and donors Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Wal-Mart and Quality Machine & Tool.

If you were unable to make our Earth Day Amnesty Event, we are hosting our Tox-A-Way Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, 750 W. County Road 200S.

This event is an opportunity for Bartholomew County residents to divert items from the landfill disposal including household hazardous wastes (paints, pesticides, aerosols) and appliances, electronics, tires and more.

Some fees will be accessed for items such as console televisions and tires over the limits. For all of the details visit our website at

Tox-A-Way Wednesday

Also, we have a weekly opportunity to dispose of household hazardous wastes. Every Wednesday the Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center offers our Tox-A-Way Wednesday program to all Bartholomew County residents.

Hours of operation for this program are 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Materials accepted during this time include: used motor oil, oil filters, cooking oil, antifreeze, gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, oil-based paint, paint thinners, liquid weed, brush killer and lawn fertilizer. There is a five-gallon limit per resident on the previously listed items.

In addition, we can also accept the following items: unbroken compact fluorescent light bulbs, fluorescent tube lighting and smoke detectors/alarms (these items have a limit of five per visit).

Also, batteries are accepted, include the following types: rechargeable, power tool and automotive type; please limit 5 per visit. If you are unsure if your items are accepted, give us a call at 812-376-2614.

Paint questions

One question we hear a lot refers to the proper disposal of latex or water-based paint. While we can appreciate residents’ concerns over proper disposal, we do not accept latex paint at our facilities for recycling.

Latex paint isn’t all that harmful when disposed of properly in a modern landfill, such as the facility we have right here in Bartholomew County. It has a water base, and when dried, presents a very low hazard. If you have latex paint in your home you wish to dispose of, I recommend removing the lid, drying any paint that remains in the can, and then simply placing the can with the dried paint on top of your normal trash and set it out for pickup. (Note: If within the city of Columbus, your toter lid should still fully close).

If you have a lot of paint that will take time to dry, you can mix in things like kitty litter and mulch to help aid the drying process. The Tox-A-Way event on May 17 does accept latex paint, so that is a great event to dispose of your latex paint.

Information: Visit our website,, or Facebook page by searching for Bartholomew County Solid Waste District.

Heather Siesel is the education coordinator for the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District. She can be reached by calling 812-376-2614 or by email at

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