Monroe County, Indiana
Solid Waste Management District

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News & upcoming events from The District (updated May 11, 2016)
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    For Immediate Release:
    October 10, 2017
    Are you using your community resources wisely? Fall is here and it’s time to find out. Whether you have a new job/old one, new home/apartment or old, it really doesn’t matter because fall, electrifying fall, is a time to find out all the organizations and services in your community that can help you. The “District,” Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, is one organization that can do just that.

    Whatever community you live in, you want that community to be just right for you. What services does the community have? Entertainment? Restaurants? Sports? What are the people like? What outdoor recreational options are available and how sustainable is the community with their services because as Media & Education Director states, “If it’s not sustainable, nothing will be there for long.” Waste management is one of those basics. Pokral says, “Residents in Monroe County are fortunate to have a variety of sustainable services which include the District. With five recycling centers, the District has much to offer Monroe County residents and services are for both rural and urban residents. Many District customers live within the City of Bloomington.”

    Of course, if you live in Bloomington, the City provides curbside recycling as part of its sanitation services. The City provides its sanitation customers with a 96 gallon tote for curbside recycling collection or you can contact the City of Bloomington to request a smaller size. However, Pokral says, “All Monroe County residents can use District services. At the District, it’s one stop for recyclables and trash disposal for the four Rural Recycling Centers. By putting your trash in orange bags that are available in major grocery and hardware stores, you can save money on trash disposal!” Additionally, electronics, used motor oil, and antifreeze are accepted at all five recycling centers. However, electronics with a screen are only accepted at the South Walnut Recycling Center for a $20 recycling fee per item.

    At the South Walnut Recycling Center Pokral says a wide variety of household hazardous waste (HHW) is accepted from paints, cleaners to pharmaceuticals and vitamins and if you wish, you can take some items free of charge from the Haz bin room (previously used HHW).
    Pokral says it is important to review the waste you have in homes and businesses. “At District recycling centers, you can drop off paper, cardboard, glass bottles, plastics 1-7, metal, and more. As she explains, when you do, who knows, you may meet a new friend or see an old one. You will find others who also take actions to promote a healthy, sustainable community, who know the connections between soil, water, air, land health, and everyone’s health. 

    So electrify your fall! Reexamine your daily routines and actions. Pokral says, “Let’s be electrifying and electrify the Monroe County community, making use of all the sustainable community resources we have! We look forward to helping you.” District Gogreen Guides may be picked up at any of the recycling centers. You can also call 812-349-2020 or look on-line for more information at

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    Media Contact: Elisa K. Pokral
    Media and Education Director
    Ph: (812) 349-2866/2020

    For Immediate Release:
    April 1, 2017

    Like everyone, I reap the benefits every day from the fresh water we drink, delivered by lakes and rivers we protect... to the food we feed our families, a full third of which is pollinated by bees we're defending from industrial pesticides ... to the very air we breathe, filtered clean by the ancient forests we fight to preserve. A lot has changed since that first Earth Day, including the Earth itself. But one thing hasn't: Our health, our families and our present and future still directly depend on the well-being of our planet. Give back to the earth this Earth Day April 22 and every day. LOVE THE WORLD WITH ACTIONS and plant a tree, courtesy of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, the “District.”

    The week of April 17-20th, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and April 21st until noon, while supplies last, pick up a FREE TREE SEEDLING and seedling planting instructions at the Administration building at the SOUTH WALNUT RECYCLING CENTER located at 3400 South Walnut Street. Remember, your daily actions are connected to the health of our planet. The future starts with today with your earth stewardship. However, if you treat the earth like a trash can, that’s what you get and none of us want an unhealthy planet because an unhealthy planet means we are unhealthy as well.

    Recycling is a basic action step that reduces: trash, pollution, landfill methane gas, habitat destruction, energy use, climate change and more. The District’s Media & Education Director Elisa K. Pokral states, “So many positive things result from simply taking a moment to sort the recyclables from what is trash and putting it into a recycling bin. So many positive things can result from knowing what IS trash and then taking action!” The District thanks all legislators and concerned citizens who strive to meet the state of Indiana’s recycling goal of 50% of municipal waste by 2019. Pokral states, “When people take action, both at home and in business, it helps recycling be more efficient and makes our earth sustainable.” Earth Day is April 22 and Arbor Day April 29. Pokral says, “We encourage the public to celebrate their efforts and the District’s many milestones of enhanced services at its five county locations by planting a tree at their home or business.”

    Pokral states, “Check out our ZERO WASTE banners and share your tree stories and green stories-- your reasons for recycling and other earth care actions, and how you save money using the orange bag trash program on Facebook at” Pokral says, “Although Earth Day comes once a year, the District urges you to celebrate Earth Day April 22 and Arbor Day April 28, every day by using the services of the District. Think Earth every day. Sustain the world by taking green actions such as reducing waste, reusing what you can, and recycling to create a healthy world.” Seedlings are donated by the District. Stop by the Administration Building at the SOUTH WALNUT RECYCLING CENTER the week of APRIL 17th-20th, 8:00-5:00 pm and until noon on the 21st while supplies last and pick out a free tree seedling (one per family). Let the District help you be excellent earth stewards. Visit

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    Media Contact: Elisa K. Pokral, The District, Ph: (812) 349-2866/2020

    ADDENDUM: History of Earth Day and Arbor Day and additional District Services
    Recycling and reusing help the earth in many ways and planting trees does too. Studies indicate some of the benefits of planting trees are that trees clean the air by absorbing pollution, increase property values, reduce aggression and violence, reduce energy consumption, reduce pollution, prevent soil erosion, regulate climate, provide a habitat for animals, and provide a better habitat for all living creatures. In Indiana Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. Arbor Day,
    which is now celebrated internationally, was founded by newspaper editor, politician, conservationist and Secretary of Agriculture Julius Sterling Morton in the 1870's in Nebraska due to Nebraska’s lack of trees. During the 1870's, other states began to observe it as well and the tradition began in the schools nationwide in 1882.

    The first Earth Day was held in the spring of 1970. In the words of the Founder of Earth Day, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, “The idea for the special day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. It had troubled me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country.” However, as Senator Nelson explained, “If we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public... we could generate a demonstration that would
    force this issue onto the political agenda. In 1970 there was a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment. The response was electric.” Senator Nelson says, “Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level.” “On the first Earth Day as many as 20 million Americans in schools and communities across the country
    participated in rallies and demonstrations on behalf of Earth. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.” (Excerpts from “All About Earth Day” by Senator Nelson. Earth Day Founder Senator Nelson reminds us that the stewardship of the earth’s natural resources is in everyone’s hands every day.

    By 1990 Earth Day had become an international event, with more than 200 million people in 141 countries participating according to Earth Day Network, an organization that coordinates Earth Day activities around the world. Earth Day is most often celebrated on April 22, but some people observe it on March 21, the first day of spring. Today more than 1,000 groups and over 500 million people participate in activities and events that draw attention to current local and global environmental problems and to discuss commonsense solutions. At fairs, festivals, and talks, people learn about air pollution, water pollution, and soil pollution; the destruction of habitats; the devastation of hundreds of thousands of plant and animal species; and the depletion of nonrenewable resources. They explore how to conserve energy, recycle, reuse, renew natural habitats, and make their lives and others healthier.
    REMEMBER, along with providing free tree seedlings in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, the District offers tours of its facilities year-round to individuals and groups. Call 812-349-2020 for tours by appointment. District environmental programs also offered throughout the year helps people of all ages understand the importance of being earth stewards and how our actions create a healthy or unhealthy world.
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    For Immediate Release: 
    March 7, 2017

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    Elisa K. Pokral
    Media and Education Director
    The District…where Green living begins
    Ph: (812) 349-2866/2020

    See Flyer below for details.




    Now when you click on, you will see an even more easily accessible website for the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District (MCSWMD) or the “District.” The District encourages Monroe County residents to take advantage of all its services and programs to help create a healthier community and environment. Executive Director Tom McGlasson Jr. states, “It is easy to forget how much impact our daily actions have on our planet.  The District strives to provide services and programs that make it easier for Monroe County residents to do their part and our website will enable them to do that even more.”
    McGlasson says, “All of us depend on the planet for so many things like food, fuel, water and fresh air and the actions we take—from the energy we use to the products we buy, to how we handle our waste—have an effect on the world.” Media & Education Director Elisa Pokral is available to provide presentations throughout the year to schools, businesses, and community groups. McGlasson is also available for presentations. To view presentations and session details visit Email Pokral at or call 812-349-2866. The District offers free presentations on a variety of earth care topics. The District encourages people to book ahead of time because the schedule fills up fast. Tours of the South Walnut Recycling Center are available as well. The District also encourages people to view the videos on its website at, most of which air on a variety of cable TV channels. Videos also include some from Friday Zone and a couple other sources, all with the purpose of spreading the word of how and why people can become environmental stewards.
    Pokral explains, “Daily activities such as reducing waste by being careful of what you purchase, using organic alternatives to hazardous chemicals, reusing as much as possible to keep items out of the landfill, and recycling, all are actions that change the world.” The Environmental Protection Agency reports that municipal solid waste landfills are the largest source of human-related methane emissions in the U.S. contributing to smog and climate change and is more harmful than carbon dioxide emissions.
    Monroe County residents can also take action for the earth by picking up the District’s comprehensive booklet—the “GoGreen” Guide available in Green bins at any of the District’s four Rural Recycling Centers and the South Walnut Recycling Center. The GoGreen Guide tells you what can be recycled at all District Recycling Centers-- what can be brought to the Hazardous Materials Facility at the South Walnut Recycling Center and at Rural Recycling Centers. So look for the publication with the smiling character with the thumb up. Simple actions shape our world and recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce climate change. The District gives a “thumbs up” to all those who recycle and use the District’s services.
    One single action represents the start of your personal journey of commitment to a more sustainable earth. Why not start today and give yourself a thumbs up!

    Media Contact: Elisa K. Pokral
    Media and Education Director
    Ph: (812) 349-2020/2866


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