Monroe County, Indiana
Solid Waste Management District

The Green Business Network helps businesses take strides in environmental stewardship by implementing environmentally sound business operations. Become a Green Business Network member. Call 812.349.2019 or 812.349.2020 for more information, or click here to send an email.

Below you'll find a list of Green Business Network services. They are broken down into several sections. Click the individual names below to go directly to that section, or scroll through the entire list.

Green Business Participants

 

420 BLOOMINGTON

ABR IMAGERY

AMERICAN RED CROSS MONROE COUNTY CHAPTER

AMERICAN RENTAL

AREA 10 AGENCY ON AGING

ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE UNIONS, INT'L

AUTHOR SOLUTIONS

 BAUGH ENTERPRISE

BAXTER PHARMACEUTICAL SOLUTIONS

BBOR PUBLICATIONS

BELLWETHER MANUFACTURING

BLOOMINGTON BAGEL CO

BLOOMINGTON COUNTRY CLUB

BLOOMINGTON DISCOUNT PRINTING

COMEDY ATTIC

COOK FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

COOK, INC.

CURARE GROUP

E & B PAVING, INC

FERGUSON AND FERGUSON

FINCH'S BRASSERIE

FINE PRINT

GLOBAL GIFTS

GUERBET LLC

HARRELL-FISH MECHANICAL & BUILDING SOLUTIONS

HI-TEC INDUSTRIES

HOOSIER ENERGY REC

HOOSIER HILLS FOOD BANK

INDIANA METAL CRAFT

IU HEALTH COMMUNITY HEALTH

IU HEALTH, SOUTHERN INDIANA PHYSICIANS - ORTHOPEDICS OF SOUTHERN INDIANA

J. L. WATERS AND CO.

JERICO METAL SPECIALTIES

♻ KeHE DISTRIBUTIONS

LANDLOCKED MUSIC

METROPOLITAN PRINTING SERVICE

MIDDLE WAY HOUSE

MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONER

MONROE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

MR. COPY

NICK’S ENGLISH HUT

OFFICE EASEL

OLIVER WINERY

OLYMPUS PROPERTIES

OPPORTUNITY HOUSE

SCENIC VIEW LODGE

SOLUTION TREE

SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM

TASUS CORPORATION

THE GREEN NURSERY

♻ THE POURHOUSE CAFE

T.I.S., INC.

TRACKS RECORD

UNITED WAY OF MONROE COUNTY

♻ UNIVERSITY RISK MANAGEMENT AND INSURANCE ASSOCIATION

WONDERLAB

WORM’S WAY

Green Business Resources

 

List of resources for reuse and recycling.

Computers and Electronics:

Hazardous Materials Facility - 812.349.2848
Click here for more detailed info on hazardous materials

Scrap Metals:

Bloomington Iron & Metal - 812.336.6884
J.B. Salvage - 812.323-2886

Junk Mail: remove names from lists

Mail Preference Service
c/o Direct Mail Marketing Association
PO Box 9008 Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008
 

Request your name, address and phone number be removed.
Ph: 212.758.7277

Bike Share Program:

Center for Sustainable Living - 812.332.8796
Bloomington Community Bike Project - www.bloomingtonbikeproject.com

Peanut Market:
Need Now:

Pak-Mail - 812.333.6245
Goods for Cooks- 812.339.2200
UPS Store - 812.331.9990
 

Have:

Game Preserve - 812.332.6602
Amused Clothing - 812.332.8733
Clear Morning - 812.339.2931
 

Alternative Products:

Rainforest Alliance - 888.693.2784.
Reflections by David -260.833.6310 Fremont, IN - recycled promos.
Bloomingfoods - East 812.336.5400 • West 812.333.7312
 

Waste Reduction

 

How to maintain a waste reduction program in your business.

Waste reduction programs include reducing, reusing and recycling waste. Reducing and reusing supplies in the business place means less waste produced, and fewer office materials purchased. Less waste produced means less waste thrown out, which results in great disposal cost savings. Any way you look at it, a waste reduction program will save your business money.

Read further to find out how to begin your own program. Appoint an individual or group of people to lead the program. Discuss what materials can and will be included in the program. Perform an audit of waste composition and volume if necessary. (we will provide this service)

Decide how the materials will be collected:

smaller containers to be disposed in larger containers

64 gallon toters, or

Gaylords- 4x4x4 ft. cardboard box on pallet

Place containers in a centralized location easily accessible for employees.
Decide if the materials will be:

Delivered to one of the recycling facilities

Placed on the District's Green Business pick-up route*

Inform all employees of the new program to insure participation:

Circulate a memo

Post Signs

Label bins appropriately

Incorporate program into the orientation process and mission statement

Have incentives or a "kick-off" celebration

Once your program is running, consider adding reuse to your program and using products made from recycled material. Reuse efforts can drastically decrease spending on office supplies!

Remember, "if you aren't buying recycled, you're not really recycling."
* Certain volume and separation requirements must be met in order to qualify for pickup service by the Recycling Center.

Green Tips Checklist

 

Reduce your business waste. Here's how!

Reducing the amount of waste your business produces helps cut waste removal and recycling costs, and cuts purchasing costs as well. Here are a couple tips to help you reduce waste:

Purchase reusable products instead of disposable ones. Use items that are more durable, refillable and reusable. Disposable products cost more and create more waste.

Consolidate separate forms, reports and memos. Eliminate any process using products that are outdated or no longer needed.

Consolidate files, or have a master file, so extra copies are not needed in five different places.

Save important email to your computer or backup file instead of printing them for filing. Email saves paper only when the messages are not printed out.

Edit all work on-screen as much as possible before printing.

Circulate one copy of a memo, or distribute it via email to save printing a copy for every person in the office.

Purchase products that come in the least amount of packaging, look for products packaged in recyclable materials, and request that packaging be recyclable from your distributor. They will not use peanuts if you request them not to. Buying bulk saves money too.

Reusing items around the office also helps to keep purchasing costs down as well as waste disposal costs. Here are some ideas for reusing items in your office:

Reuse one-sided paper. Reuse preprinted copies in the printer or copier for work drafts. Reuse in the fax machine for printing faxes. Collect one-sided copies to make note pads.

Share magazines and other publications with coworkers before recycling them.

Request that your employer only purchase one copy of each publication to be shared among employees in the office.

Take office supplies that can still be used, but are no longer needed, to your local reuse facility where teachers and not-for-profit organizations can put them to good use.

Donate bigger items such as office furniture to charities or second-hand stores.

Reuse the cardboard boxes your printer paper comes in as recycle bins under your desks.

Recycling is the most common act of waste reduction. Here are a couple more ways to recycle at your business:

Recycle used ink cartridges from printers by sending them to a facility who accepts them. Contact the manufacturer for more information.

Recycle hazardous materials. Look for things you might not have considered as hazardous, such as florescent light bulbs and batteries. Consult the District for more information on proper hazardous waste disposal.

Recycle old computers. Computers of most kinds can be remanufactured and used again. Donate the computer to a not-for-profit or local school.

All electronics can now be recycled at the Hazardous Materials facility.

"Close the loop" of waste reduction by purchasing products made of recycled, post consumer content. Look for products made with recycled content and ask for them if you do not find them. Without purchasing recycled products, there is nowhere for your recyclables to go. Here are some tips to get your business buying recycled:

Use paper with post consumer content. 35% is the minimum post consumer content recommended.

Use a printing ink alternative such as soy ink.

Request that the products you purchase come in packaging that is recyclable or made of recycled materials.

Buy office products made of recycled materials: plastics, furniture, metals.

Consider using remanufactured computers.

Look for recycled content in almost anything your office regularly uses.

Recycling Options

 

Details on acceptable items for recycling at our individual facilities.
For directions and hours for our individual facilities, click here.

Accepted Items:

Aluminum and steel cans, clean scrap metal, white, mixed paper, wrapping paper, junkmail, magazines and catalogs, paper sacks, phone books, newspaper, cardboard/paperboard, plastics (1-7), clear, brown, blue, and green glass bottles and jars, clean plastic sacks, shredded paper, CDs, DVDs, audio cassette cases, books (paperback & hardcover), and styrofoam packing peanuts (boxed or bagged).

Non-Accepted Items:

No Block Styrofoam

Hazardous Materials Facility

Click Here for more information on this facility.

Accepted Items:

Freon appliances, paint, gasoline, batteries, fertilizers, cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, oil, antifreeze, pool chemicals, medications, fluorescent lamps and much more. Drop-off services are free for households only; businesses must pay a fee. Be careful when handling hazardous wastes.

*(fee for latex paint and Freon. Click here for more information on Hazardous Materials )

Non-Accepted Items:

No block Styrofoam (except #6), asbestos, radioactive materials or explosives (fireworks, ammunition, flares, black powder) Remember, if you need to pick up some house paint, cleaning supplies, automobile fluids, or lawn & garden chemicals, you may do so while you're here, depending on availability.

Freon Appliance Recycling

Freon appliance recycling is available for items such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers. Bring your appliance to the Hazardous Materials Facility at 3400 South Walnut Street. Click here for more info on this facility. The appliances are then picked up by a company who safely recovers the Freon and recycles the unit. When Freon containing appliances are disposed of properly, it keeps our environment healthy by keeping chemical contaminants out of our air, soil, and water.

Reuse Center

EFFECTIVE January 19, 2010 the REUSE SIDEWALK at Central Recycling & Reuse will be open from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays for dropoff and pickup of reuse items. What's even better than recycling? Visit Monroe County's reuse center, located at Central Station next to the recycling center. Click here for more info on this location.

Material for the Arts

The Reuse Center welcomes your participation in diverting reusable materials from the waste stream and by allowing them to be reused. Our Reuse Center is stocked with an ever-changing supply of materials for your next art, education, or community project. Materials are free and available on a first come first serve basis. The Materials for the Arts Center is designed to serve non-profits, churches, schools, and artists working on community projects. If you fit this description, please bring a letter of verification on letterhead to the Material for the Arts Center for us to put on file. The Materials for the Arts Center is open every Thursday from 8:00am - 4:30pm, and by appointment. Call 24 hours in advance and speak to Mary Baker Hunter for an appointment. There is usually a wide array of items to choose from. You can find items such as paper and cardboard boxes; all shapes, sizes, and colors of plastic containers; craft, household, toys, and much more. We also accept donations. If your group is working on a specific project, we may be able to accommodate a wish list for your project. Non-profits, churches, and schools that are not within Monroe County may make arrangements to "trade" services by calling 812-349-2022. There are occasions where groups and reuse centers can trade materials or come and shop for a donation. Click here for more info on this location.

The Reuse Sidewalk Exchange

Give your shoes a new pair of feet! Drop of your old shoes that are in reuseable condition. Clothing and accessories are also accepted. The Sidewalk is a place to exchange useful household goods, too. The Sidewalk Exchange is available for all residents of Monroe County. It is designed to take and leave usable household items. We ask that residents follow some rules of courtesy as the program is designed for all to share. We also ask that residents who take items do not use them for resale purposes. Please only shop once a week and limit the number of items that you take in one trip. Accepted items: small electronic items that do not require a recycling fee (microwaves, toaster ovens, radios, and fans), clothing, housewares, books, magazines, kitchenware, tools, gardening supplies, clothing, shoes, etc. Large items are sometimes accepted, please ask for assistance or call ahead. Non-accepted items: Large bulky items, mattresses, toilets, construction materials, doors, windows, televisions, computers, large electronic devices, non-working items, paint, underwear, tires or trash...All for free! Items available on a first-come first-serve basis. Click here for more info on this location.

 

 

Recycling Route Information

 

Recycling Center(s) Pickup Route Schedule & Guidelines

Regularly Scheduled Service:

Occurs once or twice a week on designated days.

Four times per month not to exceed once per week: $800 per year.

Eight times per month, not to exceed twice per week: $1,600 per year.

Materials are required to be separated.

Toters and cubic yard capacity bins are used for collection and preferably stay inside the building. If there isn't room, they need to have shelter to keep the paper products dry.

Bi-monthly Service:

Occurs twice per month, not to exceed one pick up per week.

The cost is $400 per year.

Materials are required to be separated.

Toters and cubic yard capacity bins are used for collection and preferably stay inside the building. If there isn't room, they need to have shelter to keep the paper products dry.

Monthly Service:

Occurs once a month.

The cost is $200 per year.

Materials are required to be separated.

Toters and cubic yard capacity bins are used for collection and preferably stay inside the building. If there isn't room, they need to have shelter to keep the paper products dry.

Call-in Service:

The cost is $50 per call-in.

The container/s must be full.

Materials are required to be separated.

Toters or cubic yard capacity bins may be provided for collection and preferably stay inside the building. If there's isn't room, they need to have shelter to keep the paper products dry.

This charge also applies if regularly scheduled pick-ups need an extra call-in service.

Recycling Containers:

64-gallon two wheeled carts are generally used for collection. The one time charge for these containers are $69.00 each. One container is necessary per category of recycling. These toters are "matched" by the District. The business buys one and the District matches it. This assures efficiency of the program and that proper cleanliness is maintained.

Depending upon the volume of material and space for containers, cubic yard capacity bins may also be used. There is no charge for these bins.

Contamination:

The District has the right to deny service if materials are not sorted according to required categories.

Recyclable Material Storage:

Container must be appropriate for the material it holds.

Paper and cardboard cannot get wet, and must be stored indoors or in a roofed area and in a container with a tight fitting lid.

Materials must be separated correctly according to the Recycling Center's standards or they will not be picked up.

Materials may not be picked up if they are not clearly separated from the trash.

Accessibility:

Materials need to be stored at an easily accessible location for pickup.

Depending on the size of the load to be picked up, the appropriate vehicle must be able to access the materials as needed.

Availability:

Room on the pickup schedule must be available to receive the pickup service requested. If room is not available at the time of request for service, you may request to be placed on a wait-list. * The District is not able to replace any commercial recycling service you may already have.

Become a Green Business!

 

Use the form below to find out how to become a Green Business Network partner.

For general Adopt-A-Road questions, please send an email using our general contact form by clicking here.

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