Bartholomew County Solid Waste District

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For hours of all our locations, please check our webiste www.bcswmd.com

Operating as usual

08/27/2020

Another short video about how to pay for mulch and compost loading while the BCSWMD office is closed to the public.

Friday Loading Program 2:00-4:30 pm. $10 per pickup sized load.

08/27/2020
Columbus Bartholomew Recycling Center

We made a short video about drive-thru recycling at the Columbus Bartholomew Recycling Center.

Recycling is easy when you use the convenient drive-thru at the Columbus Bartholomew Recycling Center, located at 720 S. Mapleton Street, Columbus, Indiana. ...

When properly stored, bleach begins to degrade and “becomes 20% less effective as each year goes by.”If you cannot smell...
08/26/2020
When Does Bleach Expire?

When properly stored, bleach begins to degrade and “becomes 20% less effective as each year goes by.”

If you cannot smell the familiar odor of bleach from cautiously sniffing the jug contents (think back to HS chemistry and WAFT your hand over the opening), it is time to dispose of it. Bleach degrades to mostly salty water, so it can be poured down the toilet.

https://waterandhealth.org/disinfect/bleach/when-does-bleach-expire/

Without an expiration date on the bleach jug, how do you know when bleach expires and that a solution made with it will be effective?

You may have heard of a program where students collect plastic caps to have a bench made. This program is through Green ...
08/26/2020

You may have heard of a program where students collect plastic caps to have a bench made. This program is through Green Tree Plastics in Evansville and is called the ABC Promise Partnership.
In early August, Green Tree Plastics had a factory fire. They are still closed and are not taking any new orders or scheduling any new appointments to deliver caps or pick up benches. They have no way to process or blend material at this time.
They do have a very long list of groups looking for caps. The list is a pdf on the Green Tree Plastics website. If you have caps to donate, please contact one of the groups directly.

https://greentreeplastics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/ABC-Group-List-accepting-Caps-0825.pdf

Please note, the Bartholomew County Landfill will be closed Monday, September 7 for Labor Day.The Columbus/Bartholomew R...
08/26/2020

Please note, the Bartholomew County Landfill will be closed Monday, September 7 for Labor Day.
The Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center is closed on all Mondays, but BCSWMD offices will be closed on Labor Day as well.

Governor Holcomb makes appointments to Recycling Market Development Board
08/25/2020
Governor Holcomb makes appointments to Recycling Market Development Board

Governor Holcomb makes appointments to Recycling Market Development Board

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb recently made appointments to the Recycling Market Development Board (RMDB). The RMDB, as established by IC 4-23-5.5, approves grants for business, non-profit, solid waste district, and school projects involving the creation of new products or markets for pr...

Sans Souci
08/24/2020

Sans Souci

Tomorrow is National Secondhand Wardrobe Day! Shopping for clothing secondhand is not only a great way to save money and get great deals but research shows that shopping secondhand is highly beneficial to our environment 🌎🌍🌏

To celebrate this day, all clothing (boutique included) will be 50% off! Come by and see us tomorrow from 10-5 to shop this fun occasion!

Bartholomew County Solid Waste District
08/24/2020

Bartholomew County Solid Waste District

Reminder that the Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center is closed on Mondays.
If you need to recycle on Mondays, the Bartholomew County Landfill is open.

If you plan to take used motor oil to the Bartholomew County Landfill for recycling, please call first to find out if th...
08/21/2020

If you plan to take used motor oil to the Bartholomew County Landfill for recycling, please call first to find out if they have the storage capacity to accept it. The landfill number is 812-342-2756.

Household Hazardous Waste is accepted in the drive-thru at the Columbus Bartholomew Recycling Center Tuesday-Friday 7:30-4:30.
The Free Shelf is closed.

TGIF!
08/21/2020

TGIF!

It's Friday and that means we'll be loading mulch or compost for $10 per pick up sized load from 2:00-4:30.

Our phone system has been giving us a bit of trouble this week. We apologize if your call was dropped or if you haven't ...
08/20/2020

Our phone system has been giving us a bit of trouble this week. We apologize if your call was dropped or if you haven't been able to connect. Keep trying and please leave a message. We will return your call as soon as possible.

Wow! Look at this amazing "trash" art. Thanks to Marilyn Brackney for bringing it to our attention.
08/20/2020

Wow! Look at this amazing "trash" art. Thanks to Marilyn Brackney for bringing it to our attention.

We present to you the newest addition to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, Trash Temple by Corinne Loperfido and Damon Williams - made out of things that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill.

It features a bottle cap mosaic floor (which took 5 people two weeks to accomplish), a CD and flat soda can ceiling, a gazebo made from reclaimed spindles, a throne made from an old headboard, and *way* too many plastic beverage lids to count.

Can't wait to worship here when we reopen ✨

No matter who your trash hauler is, some items do not belong in the trash.“There were several things in the load from ye...
08/20/2020
Rash of Rumpke truck fires prompts warning about what shouldn’t be in your trash

No matter who your trash hauler is, some items do not belong in the trash.

“There were several things in the load from yesterday that could have potentially caused that fire,” Yeager said. “There was an old grill that was out there. There was a propane tank there. There was some paint as well, and paint, if it’s not properly dried out, can also cause a chemical reaction and cause a fire.”

Trash truck fires are caused when compacting trash. The compaction can potentially spark a fire when things like batteries, paint, pool chemicals and propane tanks get crunched together.

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STEM: Pollution Search - Project Learning Tree
08/19/2020
STEM: Pollution Search - Project Learning Tree

STEM: Pollution Search - Project Learning Tree

When you hear the word “pollution,” what do you think about? Knowing the characteristics of each of the five types of pollution, and what you can do to reduce the amounts, can make a positive difference for the environment.

Cigarette butts are litter. Put them in a trashcan.
08/19/2020

Cigarette butts are litter. Put them in a trashcan.

Cigarette butts are plastic and hazardous. Of the 18 billion purchased worldwide every day, only an estimated 1/3 are adequately disposed of. The rest are flicked into oblivion and litter our streets, parks and waterways.⁠

Cigarette butts are made from a fibrous plastic called cellulose acetate. This material does not decompose, and when improperly discarded, leaches nicotine, heavy metals, and many other chemicals they’ve absorbed into the surrounding environment.⁠

E-cigs are no better as they are considered hazardous waste, e-waste and plastic waste.⁠

So, what can you do?⁠

• Don’t be a butt flicker.⁠
• Roll your own.⁠
• Take advantage of butt recycling programs such as Terracycle’s Cigarette Waste Recycling Program.⁠

#keepitclean #themoreyouknow

clever reuse of plastic lids
08/13/2020

clever reuse of plastic lids

Did you know August 8 was National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day?If you've got a lot of zukes, don'...
08/12/2020

Did you know August 8 was National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day?

If you've got a lot of zukes, don't leave them on your neighbor's porch in the middle of the night. Pickle 'em!

Posting a friendly reminder that pickling is an option if you’re experiencing zucchini overload! Enjoy this tangy treat with the recipe here: https://bit.ly/bizuccpickles

Congratulations to our friends in Johnson County on their new recycling site. You may have seen the article in the local...
08/11/2020
Johnson County, IN Opens Second Recycling Site, Still Focused on Education - Waste Advantage Magazine

Congratulations to our friends in Johnson County on their new recycling site. You may have seen the article in the local papers, but a national industry publication has also picked up the story.

https://wasteadvantagemag.com/johnson-county-in-opens-second-recycling-site-still-focused-on-education/

Johnson County opened its second recycling site in Edinburgh with hopes to continue to improve recycling efforts and education across the county. The

Waste Free Planet
08/10/2020

Waste Free Planet

Being sustainable doesn't have to cost a thing!⁠

Do you do any of these free sustainable action?⁠

Repost @ecowithnico⁠

Just a few free actions that can be done that don’t cost the earth 🌍 ⁣⁣⁠
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• Organise your fridge so less food waste - I like to move the items that need eating ASAP into one area in my fridge⁣⁣⁠
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• Use your vote wisely - choose a party that has climate change high on its agenda ⁣⁣⁠
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• Learn how to mend - whether that’s learning to sew or repurposing ⁣⁣⁠
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• Litter picking - make it a habit to take gloves on your walk and pick a few bits up each time⁣⁣⁠
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• Air dry your clothes - they smell better, uses less energy & prevents damaging your clothes ⁣⁣⁠
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• Reuse gift wrap - or use newspaper/cotton cloths that can be reused ⁣⁣⁠
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• Repurpose jars & disposables - waste isn’t waste until you waste it ⁣⁣⁠
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What other free sustainable actions can you think of? 💓🌍
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It's Friday and that means we'll be loading mulch or compost for $10 per pick up sized load from 2:00-4:30.
08/07/2020

It's Friday and that means we'll be loading mulch or compost for $10 per pick up sized load from 2:00-4:30.

It can be confusing to know which agency to call when you have a question about recycling or trash in Bartholomew County...
08/05/2020

It can be confusing to know which agency to call when you have a question about recycling or trash in Bartholomew County. If the question is about curbside collection of trash, recycling, or yard waste within the city of Columbus, call the Dept. of Public Works 812-376-2509.

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720 S. Mapleton St.
Columbus, IN
47201

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720 S. Mapleton St. Columbus, IN 47201

Opening Hours

Tuesday 07:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 07:30 - 16:30
Thursday 07:30 - 16:30
Friday 07:30 - 16:30
Saturday 07:30 - 16:30

Telephone

(812) 376-2614

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