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What Happens to the Stuff You Recycle?

Have you ever wondered what happens to the stuff you put in your recycling bin? And, who are the people that make their living converting your recycling into something of value? There are multiple recycling outlets within Hendricks County. The biggest players are WM...

Sharing is Caring (for each other and the Earth)

There are many, many things to share and ways to share them. Gather your friends and family and brainstorm your next sharing opportunities. Seed or Crop Swap – Gather seeds from last year’s crop and spread the love. The Avon Outdoor Learning Center gathers seeds every...

Amy’s Zero Waste Quest: Managing Waste While Moving

Zero waste moving (closer to Near-o waste) is top of mind for us at the District as we just moved our office from Brownsburg to Danville moving tons of “stuff” (educational manipulatives, displays, furniture, etc). Here are some tips we can share with those of you who...

Reread, Relisten, & Rewatch

Reread, Relisten, and Rewatch should be added to the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle list.  The written or spoken word, music, and movies do not wear out and some get better with time.  Lucky for us there are people willing to share used media for others to enjoy. If you are...

Amy’s Zero Waste Quest: Farmers’ Markets

As part of my quest to zero waste I plan to make an effort to eat locally this year. If you are working on being a locavore, it helps to have a plan. Eating locally supports local agriculture, requires the use of less energy to transport food, fosters a sense of...

Focus on Food Waste

This particular topic, above all, is a personal heart mission. Approximately 1/3 of the food purchased in the US is wasted. At the same time, more than 41 million Americans face hunger, including nearly 13 million children, according to USDA. This is where the...

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Programming Changes Due to COVID-19

April 4 Tox-Away Day Postponed In order to abide by current restrictions in place to fight COVID-19, the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District will be postponing the April 4 Tox-Away Day at Brownsburg High School. The District is working to determine an...

Careful Car Care

Love of the automobile is an American tradition. Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are also a very American concept.  Millions of us do standard vehicle maintenance, including oil changes, in our own garages, barns and driveways. It’s a great way to save some cash,...

Recycle Heart & Sole

Your previously-destined-for-the trash shoes are greatly desired by those who have none. The District is again partnering with Changing Footprints, a local not-for-profit organization that gets shoes on the feet of those in need right here in Indiana. We will be...

Holiday Recycling Done Right

It's estimated that an additional 100 million tons of trash are generated every week between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. All that food, wrapping paper, cardboard and packing material adds up! So, we're going to get you ready with some pointers for Recycling Right...

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As satisfying as it is to stomp on a can, we recommend refraining from crushing your cans before recycling them. Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) use various technologies to sort the recycling that comes through, and keeping packages in their original form helps the sortation process. Empty your can and toss it in the recycling in its original shape! ... See MoreSee Less

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