Why Does It Matter?

If you are finding yourself with dried up plants as a result of the drought this summer and nowhere to go with them, we have solutions for you.

Ideally all of our lawns and plants would have stayed green and lush all summer. But, thanks to the extreme heat and severe lack of rain, brown has become the new green.  If any of your trees, shrubs or perennials did not survive the drought, you do not have to add them to the trash—recycle them instead!

What Should You Do?

There are a few options for recycling yard waste here in Hendricks County.  Two of those options are the Districts’ Yard Waste Recycling Centers in Brownsburg and Plainfield; the other is the GreenCycle McCarty facility in Danville.  Choosing to recycle those materials will allow your beloved plants to live on as rich and dark compost or mulch.

The Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District’s Yard Waste Recycling Centers are open April—November from 7am—5pm and accept leaves, twigs, branches, grass clippings, weeds and cut firewood  from Hendricks County households.  Some fees do apply.  Materials from these facilities are processed into mulch. The Brownsburg site is located at 90 Mardale Dr. and is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Plainfield location is located at 7020 S. CR 825 East and is open Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays.

GreenCycle McCarty is located one-half mile south of the Hendricks County Fairgrounds on the corner of US Hwy 36 and CR 200 East.  GreenCycle accepts clean debris such as brush, logs, leaves, grass, sod, mixed yard waste, wood chips, pallets and dimensional lumber.  Fees for wood debris and yard waste may apply. Please call 745-2000 for more information.

Dig Deeper.

Don’t forget that backyard composting is also an option.  All you need is a place to put your compost pile, some green material, brown material, moisture and the sun. 

First, uncover the bare soil—this will allow natural flora and fauna to help the process along.  Next, add some green material like grass clippings.  On top of your greens, add some browns (things like dried leaves or dead grass).  Then, continue to alternate brown and green layers on your pile.  Keep the pile moist and turn it occasionally if you would like to get compost faster.  Or, you can leave it alone and just let it do its thing. You can’t mess it up.  The result will be dark and rich compost to add to your garden and flowerbeds.

Next Edition…

Reuse is the highest level of waste reduction, so next month we’ll highlight the benefits of shopping at the local consignment & Goodwill Stores in Hendricks County!

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