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, 2018
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 email@example.com or call 812-349-2020.
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.
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Media and Education Director
Ph: (812) 349-2866/2020