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Special events, normal operations boast same goal: reduce waste


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We would like to thank those who attended our Tox-A-Way Day 2014 event at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds.

The event was a success with more than 200 residents attending the event.

This is an annual event for household hazardous waste, electronics, tires television recycling and much more.

 

Our annual Tox-A-Way event is an extension of our weekly Tox-A-Way Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center, 720 S. Mapleton St.

On this day, we take numerous household hazardous wastes from residents for recycling such as oil-based paints, CFL bulbs, motor oil, smoke detectors/alarms and automotive batteries, just to name a few items. For all of the details visit our website at bcswmd.com/php/house2.php.

Starting in late 2012, Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District expanded the current

Electronics Recycling Program from taking just computers and associated peripherals to now taking almost all electronics.

Our current program

will take nearly all small appliances and electronics that utilize a cord in residential quantities.

This program is available at the Bartholomew County Landfill and Columbus/Bartholomew County Recycling Center during normal hours of operation.

Categories of items accepted include, but are not limited to, computers, office equipment, televisions and household appliances.

Examples of items accepted include computer towers, flat-screen televisions, microwave ovens and treadmills.

Exclusions to this program include items that are primarily made of wood, glass or ceramics and appliances containing CFC.

Exclusions also include console or projection televisions, refrigerators, freezers and cannibalized electronics.

Another recent program addition began in early 2013 when the solid waste district started accepting vinyl siding for recycling at the Columbus/Bartholomew County Recycling Center.

This recycling program can assist residential and commercial customers in the county to reduce their disposal costs and divert items from the landfill.

Vinyl siding accepted for recycling needs to be free of contamination, such as nails, wood and insulation.

All of this information and more details can be accessed by visiting our website, bcswmd.com, 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 heather.siesel@bartholomew.in.gov.

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