It’s not easy to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s something that needs to be said: the Recycling Drop-off Center in Lizton is being abused and it needs to stop!
That location is our busiest site, by far. And, we are happy to sponsor the site as it is a big part of our mission as your Solid Waste District. However, the cost to provide the location is significant (nearly $4,800 each month…). Those that abuse the site by illegally dumping items outside the bins are costing the District even more money as we pay to have those items removed. A few bad apples are threatening to ruin what is otherwise a great resource for the rest of the community.
We know that there are times when all of the recycling boxes get filled up there. At lease two of the bins are emptied six times each week. If you see material on the ground don’t assume all the boxes are full, take a moment and check the boxes. If they are all full, please come back. Don’t add to the problem!
So, here are some pointers and rules that apply to all of our Recycling Drop-off Centers:
- Pay attention to the signs on the bins and recycle right. Just because something has the recycling symbol on it, does not necessarily mean it’s recyclable in this program. When in doubt, throw it out! Call us if you have questions, but here are the basic rules to follow:
- Plastics: shopping bags and containers that held food, beverages, soaps, shampoos, cleaners and lotions are accepted. No polystyrene (Styrofoam) accepted.
- Steel and Aluminum: containers that held food and beverages are accepted. No scrap metal/aluminum.
- Glass: containers that held food and beverages are accepted; any color. No ceramics, Pyrex, plate glass or mirrors.
- Paper: all types of paper are accepted. Cardboard boxes should be broken down and shredded paper must be bagged.
- Cartons: gable-top and aseptic cartons like milk or juice boxes, broth boxes and/or wine boxes are accepted.
- Containers should be empty and rinsed; they do not need to be spotless. Labels and lids can stay on.
- All materials must be placed loosely inside the recycling bins; don’t leave your recyclables in bags.
- They are not “swap spots”. Please don’t leave items that you think someone else might want to take home and use. If you leave anything on the ground, it’s considered illegal dumping.
- The centers are not there to collect trash. Call Ray’s Trash (317-539-2024), Republic Services (317-917-7300) or Twin Bridges Landfill (317-745-2878) to get rid of trash.
The Recycling Drop-off Centers are designed to provide a recycling option for those Hendricks County households that live outside the areas of the county where curbside recycling is available from Ray’s Trash and/or Republic Services. If you live in their service area but use one of the Drop-off Centers, please consider subscribing to curbside recycling–it’s a better way to recycle for you and for the environment!
Please do your part to protect this program. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please contact us. Also, spread the word to others that use the site and let them know the abuse has to stop or the site will have to be closed.