Valentine’s Day is a day to open up your heart and share your love.  And, again this year, sharing your love could include sharing your gently used shoes…so what do old shoes have to do with sharing the love? We are so glad you asked!  Donate your old, outgrown or “so late year” shoes to our Recycle Heart and Sole program.  Your previously-destined-for-the trash shoes are greatly desired by those who have none.  The Solid Waste District then donates those shoes to people in other countries in need.  In the past, we have collected 7,000 pairs of shoes in just one week!

Shoes will be collected at participating Hendricks County schools until February 14th to send to souls in need of your soles in developing countries.  All shoes (except slippers, inline skates or ice skates, winter boots, cleats, and shoes with over a 2-inch heel) will be accepted.  The following is a list of drop-off points:

·         Danville North Elementary School

·         Danville South Elementary School

·         Danville Community Middle School

·         Tri-West Middle School

·         Cardinal Elementary School

·         White Lick Elementary School

·         Brownsburg High School

·         Mill Creek East Elementary School

·         Mill Creek West Elementary School

·         Cascade Middle School

·         Avon Middle School North

·         Hickory Elementary School

·         Pine Tree Elementary School

·         Maple Elementary School

·         Sycamore Elementary School

·         Plainfield High School

·         Bethesda Christian School

·         Solid Waste District Office

If you miss out on this year’s Recycle Heart and Sole collection, you can always donate your shoes to Goodwill in Avon, Brownsburg and Plainfield.  Got cleats?  Avon Sports Apparel collects soccer cleats for reuse. Another option is Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program.  Shoes can be dropped-off at the Nike Factory in Edinburgh, IN.  For more information about that program, visit


Did you know that there is money available from the Solid Waste Management District to help start or expand recycling at your church, school or other non-profit?  It’s true–up to $5,000!  But, the deadline for applications is February 28th.

Other waste reduction or reuse projects qualify for funding as well. Click here to find out more. 


Apr 12-Brownsburg High School 

May 17-Hendricks Co. Fairgrounds

Jul 26-Hickory Elementary (Avon) 

Sept 20-Hendricks Co. Fairgrounds

Oct 18-Plainfield Middle School

Each event is open from 8am to 1pm and is available to Hendricks County residents only. Regulations prohibit business wastes from being accepted.  Some fees may apply. More information is available here.

LATEX PAINT SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT TO TOX-AWAY DAY FOR DISPOSAL–it can be dried out and disposed of with normal household trash…here’s how.

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