Quick takes – June 11th

New recycling habits

Residents who seek to safely dispose of toxic materials and businesses that prefer to recycle should be happy with the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District’s expanded recycling options, which took effect last week.

The district standardized its schedule for business recycling and tox-a-way programs to be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The old schedule permitted only specific materials on certain days. The change was to reduce the confusion about which materials could be recycled which days. That was a smart decision.

Changes also included discontinuing underused residential recycling programs in Hope and at the Kroger supermarket in Columbus. The good news for the few who are losing the two mobile sites, there are still other convenient services that can be utilized. Besides the recycling center on South Mapleton Street, recycling services are offered in Harrison Township on Old Nashville Road, the former landfill off East 25th Street and the current landfill on County Road 450S.

Successful fundraiser

News that the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s annual Lobsterfest fundraiser generated a record $50,000 should be music to everyone’s ears. The Philharmonic offers concerts and music education programs, and they reach more than 13,000 people annually in south central Indiana.

With that kind of reach, it’s good to see Philharmonic enthusiasts give back. The amount raised has increased each year, from $44,000 in 2014 to $48,000 last year to this year’s total, set at Lobsterfest: The Phil’s Main Event.

The Philharmonic plays an important role in the community, so the record amount raised was a great show of the community’s support for music and a good sign for the health of the nonprofit organization.

Great generosity

When the public learned that important parts to a 4-year-old boys’ cochlear implant were stolen, the outpouring of support to help the boy’s mother was impressive. People offered help financially to replace the parts, which weren’t cheap.

Ultimately, the assistance wasn’t needed because the parts were eventually returned to the mother, with the assistance of a concerned third party. Nevertheless, the generosity displayed speaks well to the kind and giving hearts of community residents.