News & upcoming events from The District (updated May 11, 2016)
EFFECTIVE JUNE 13, 2018
The District will no longer be accepting any type of plastic bag, trash bag, shrink wrap, dry cleaner film, food storage bags, and other similar types of plastic bags for recycling. The changing plastic recycling markets have necessitated this unfortunate change. The District encourages people to check with local retailers like Target, Kroger, Walmart, Staples, and others for recycling options. The District will still be accepting plastics 1 - 7.
WASTE DISTRICT SEEKS CITIZEN VOLUNTEERS
FOR CITIZEN’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE
For Immediate Release:
January 19, 2018WASTE DISTRICT SEEKS CITIZEN VOLUNTEERSThe Monroe County Solid Waste Management District is seeking residents of Monroe County, Indiana who are knowledgeable about and interested in environmental issues to serve on its’ Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC). Are you concerned about things such as environmental quality, waste management and reduction, recycling, water quality and promoting sustainable materials practices? Do you work in an environmental field or the waste management industry? If so, you would make a great member of the CAC of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District.
FOR CITIZEN’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The CAC is comprised of Monroe County residents with knowledge and interest in environmental issues or who are representatives of the waste management industry. The committee reports to the District Board of Directors (Board) on subjects and problems specified by the Board and can recommend additional subject matter for study or discussion. The CAC is also required to review, discuss and submit written comments to the Board concerning the District’s annual proposed budget. Meetings are currently held every other month, although subcommittees may be formed to study specific issues which may meet more frequently.
Members are appointed by the District Board of Directors for a term of one (1) year. All Monroe County residents are invited to serve. For more information about the CAC, or to submit your letter of interest, please contact the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, 3400 South Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN 47401 or contact Tom McGlasson Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-349-2020.
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WHAT’S IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
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 gogreendistrict.com.Media Contact: Elisa K. Pokral
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Media and Education Director
Ph: (812) 349-2866/2020
- CHANGES COMING TO FREE BULKY ITEM DISPOSAL PROGRAM EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2017.
See Flyer below for details.
CHECK OUT THE DISTRICT’S
REVAMPED WEBSITE AND STAY UP-TO-DATE WITH ALL-DISTRICT SERVICES
Now when you click on gogreendistrict.com, 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 http://gogreendistrict.com/education. Email Pokral at email@example.com 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 http://gogreendistrict.com/videos, 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