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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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      Press Release    
                                                                                                                         
      For Immediate Release:
      May 18-until further notice, 2020

      RECYCLING WITH THE MONROE COUNTY SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT- SCHEDULE EFFETIVE MAY 18, 2020
      The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District (District) is expanding operating hours in response to the Monroe County Health Order issued on May 14, 2020.  Effective May 18, 2020, the District recycling facilities will be open as follows: the South Walnut Recycling Center and Household Hazardous Waste facility will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:30am to 5:30pm; all Rural Recycling Centers will be open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:00am to 6:00pm, this includes: Ellettsville, 6200 N. Matthews Dr.; Westside, 341 N. Oard Rd.; Southside, 400 W. Dillman Rd.; and Northeast, 6051 E. SR 45, off E. Bethel Lane in New Unionville. Executive Director Tom McGlasson Jr. says, “We are continuing to adjust our schedules, attempting to balance the health and safety of the community and our employees, with providing a needed service to the public within current budgetary constraints, due to COVID-19.”  The 8 car limit will remain in place at this time, Reuse programs/facilities are still suspended, and no unloading assistance is available. Orange bag trash will continue to be accepted at all Rural Recycling Centers on days those centers are open and the bulky item bins will be available on these days at the designated facility for that week. Although District administrative staff will begin working more from their offices, the Administration Building will continue to remain closed to the public at this time.

      Community Outreach Coordinator Elisa Pokral says, “The coronavirus is still a reality so we ask that recyclers and others using our services continue to wear masks, leave children at home, and allow others plenty of social distance when at District recycling centers. We also thank recyclers for recycling right—only recycling what can be recycled at the District, and ensuring that recyclables are rinsed and free of food residue and other contaminants. Please place Styrofoam-- Expanded Polystyrene Styrofoam (EPS) in the trash. Our recycling centers are social places and we advise you to, at all times, follow social distancing guidelines between customers and our staff when you drop off recyclables. This means you may want to allow the person before you to empty their recyclables in a bin before you empty yours. Be courteous, stay 6 feet away, and be safe!” McGlasson says, “Please know that these schedule changes are temporary and depend on the status of the coronavirus in Monroe County. We are eager to resume the District’s full services and regular schedule, and will do so when conditions permit. We thank you for your cooperation and patience.”

      So, effective May 18th, District recycling centers and days are expanded but are still not on their normal schedule. No unloading assistance will be available. Reuse programs/facilities will continue to be suspended and 8 car limit still in effect. Orange bag trash will continue to be accepted at 
      all Rural Recycling Centers. Rural Recycling Centers include:  Ellettsville, 6200 N. Matthews Dr; Westside, 341 N.  Oard Rd; Southside, 400 W. Dillman Rd; and the Northeast Recycling Center, 6015 East State Rd 45 off East Bethel Lane in New Unionville. The District continues to accept a variety of recyclables from paper, cardboard, rigid plastics 1-7s, aluminum, steel, glass bottles and jars, and more. But, no Styrofoam (EPS) or plastic bags and films.

      For updates: call 812-349-2020, view the top of the District’s FB page, and/or view scroll on our web site homepage at gogreendistrict.com. The District reminds you to refresh your browser and please share our updates on your social media outlets!
       


      AMENDED MEETING NOTICE
      The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors meeting scheduled for May 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm in the Nat U. Hill room, 3rd floor of the Courthouse, 100 W. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47404 has been changed to a video conference meeting on the same date and time via Zoom.

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      MEETING NOTICE
      The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors will meet on April 23, 2020 at 4:00pm.  This meeting is open to the public and will be held via video conference at https://zoom.us/join, Meeting ID 889 9500 8743.

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      Press Release          
                                                                                                                         
      For Immediate Release:
      April 6-until further notice, 2020

      RECYCLING WITH THE MONROE COUNTY SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT- SCHEDULE EFFETIVE APRIL 8, 2020

      Good news for avid recyclers! Effective April 8th, 2020 the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District (District) will include recycling services to its temporarily adjusted Wednesday and Saturday schedule. Executive Director Tom McGlasson Jr. says, “We realize recyclables accumulate. We want to continue to offer recycling to the Monroe County community during this challenging time, feeding the recycling market, while protecting the health of our employees and the community.” Effective April 8th, District recycling centers, including the South Walnut Recycling Center and Household Hazardous Waste facility, will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays.  However, no unloading assistance will be available at this time.  Reuse programs/facilities will continue to be suspended but recyclables will be accepted at all facilities. Orange bag trash will continue to be accepted at all Rural Recycling Centers on Wednesdays and Saturdays and the bulky item bins will be available on these days at the designated facility for that week. The Administrative Building will continue to remain closed to the public.

      Community Outreach Coordinator Elisa Pokral says, “We thank the public for storing their recyclables and not throwing them out. We also thank recyclers for recycling right—only recycling what can be recycled at the District, and ensuring that recyclables are rinsed and free of food residue. Please place Styrofoam-- Expanded Polystyrene Styrofoam (EPS) in the trash. Our recycling centers are social places and we advise you to, at all times, follow social distancing guidelines between customers and our staff when you drop off recyclables. This means you may want to allow the person before you to empty their recyclables in a bin before you empty yours. Be courteous, stay 6 feet away, and be safe!” McGlasson says, “Please know that these schedule changes are temporary and depend on the status of the coronavirus in Indiana. Every attempt will be made to restore the District’s full services and regular schedule as conditions permit. We thank you for your cooperation and patience.”

      So, effective April 8th, you can again bring your recyclables to the District, but due to COVID-19 precautions, only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7:30 am -5:30 pm at South Walnut located at 3400 So. Walnut St. and 7:00 am to 6 pm at the Rural Recycling Centers. No unloading assistance will be available. Reuse programs/facilities will continue to be suspended but recyclables will be accepted at all facilities. Orange bag trash will continue to be accepted at all Rural Recycling Centers. Rural Recycling Centers include:  Ellettsville, 6200 N. Matthews Dr; Westside, 341 N.  

      Oard Rd; Southside, 400 W. Dillman Rd; and the Northeast Recycling Center, 6015 East State Rd 45 off East Bethel Lane in New Unionville. The  District will continue to accept a variety of recyclables from paper, cardboard, rigid plastics 1-7s, aluminum, steel, glass bottles and jars, and more but again, only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. No Styrofoam (EPS).

      Additionally, the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility will be open for recycling and/or disposal of HHW, but again, no reuse. The Administrative Building will continue to remain closed to the public. For updates: call 812-349-2020 for a recorded message, view the top of the District’s FB page, and/or view scroll on web site at gogreendistrict.com. The District reminds you to refresh your browser and please share our updates on your social media outlets! The District will continue to answer questions as efficiently as we can.
       
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      Media Contact: Elisa K. Pokral
      Community Outreach Coordinator
      Ph: (812) 349-2020/2866  E-mail: epokral@mcswmd.org
       





      Press Release          
      For Immediate Release:
      March 23, 2020
       
       
      ADJUSTED SERVICE SCHEDULE FOR MONROE COUNTY SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
      DUE TO GOVERNOR’S STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

      The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District (District) is adjusting its drop-off recycling and orange bag service schedule for Wednesday March 25th through Tuesday April 7th. Due to Governor Holcomb’s “Stay-At-Home” order for that period, the Governor requests that people stay in their homes and nonessential travel be curtailed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Therefore, beginning Wednesday March 25th, until further notice, the South Walnut Recycling Center and Household Hazardous Waste facility, located at 3400 South Walnut Street will be CLOSED; Rural Recycling Centers will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays ONLY from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm (Reuse facilities will remain closed); and the District’s Administration Building will be CLOSED to the public. The District will provide scheduling and other updates as they become available on the District’s Facebook page, website (gogreendistrict.com), and on the recorded message at 812-349-2020.

      The District apologizes for any inconvenience but we must put the health and safety of our employees and the community first.  To promote social distancing and limit person to person contact, we encourage residents to only dispose of orange bag trash during this time.  For recyclables, use the “Recycle Right” protocols and rinse your glass, metal and plastic recyclables to rid them of any food residues or other contaminants and store them, along with your paper and cardboard, until the stay-at-home order is lifted. The District reminds the public that as of March 16th, we can no longer accept Styrofoam (EPS/expanded polystyrene). This material should be placed in the trash.

      Effective March 25th, the District’s South Walnut Recycling Center and Household Hazardous Waste will be CLOSED; Rural Recycling Centers will be open ONLY Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm; and the Administration building will be CLOSED to the public. Rural Recycling Centers include:  Ellettsville, 6200 N. Matthews Dr; Westside, 341 N. Oard Rd; Southside, 400 W. Dillman Rd; and the Northeast Recycling Center, 6015 East State Rd 45 off East Bethel Lane in New Unionville. For updates, follow the District on its FB page, call the recorded line at 812-349-2020 and/refer to the web site at gogreendistrict.com where there will be a scrolling message.           
                                                                 
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      Media Contact: Tom McGlasson, Jr.
      Executive Director Ph: (812) 349-2020/2869   E-mail: tmcglass@mcswmd.org







         Press Release          
                                                                                                                         
      For Immediate Release:
      March 12, 2020

      MONROE COUNTY SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT ANNOUNCES
      NO MORE STYROFOAM ACCEPTED AT ITS DROP OFF COLLECTION CENTERS

      The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District (District) will no longer accept expanded polystyrene (EPS), more commonly referred to as Styrofoam, beginning March 16, 2020.  Executive Director Tom McGlasson Jr. explains that, “Due to current recycling market conditions, our vendor for plastics, Republic Services, says they can no longer process this material for recycling.” McGlasson says, “At this time, the District has been unable to locate another recycling vendor in the area that is accepting Styrofoam. Due to the lack of the market for this material, continuing to accept it could result in entire loads of plastics collected for recycling being sent to final disposal due to the inability of the sorting facilities to extract the plastics that are recyclable from the mixed plastics load. Many waste management districts and other recycling programs throughout the State have stopped accepting it as well, and unfortunately, at this time the District must also do so. In order to insure that the materials we collect at our facilities are recycled and to avoid having recyclable materials sent to a landfill, effective March 16th, the District will no longer accept Styrofoam at any of its recycling drop-off centers.”

      So where do you put it? Put Styrofoam in the trash. As with the diminished acceptance of recycling plastic bags, and a movement towards banning plastic bags in many states and countries, banning Styrofoam has followed suit. Community Outreach Coordinator Elisa Pokral says, “Just as with plastic bags, rather than trying to find ways to allow it into recycle bins, we are better off looking to minimize or avoid its use.” The Green Dining Alliance has listed “8 Reasons to Ban Styrofoam.” https://greendiningalliance.org/2015/10/8-reasons-to-ban-styro-foam/. Due to the fact that there’s no market for it, the health hazards in both its production and use, its non-biodegradability, and its afterlife that impacts our environment, Pokral urges businesses to “switch to aluminum and regular plastics 1-7s for takeout.” She also urges consumers to “bring reusable takeout containers to restaurants in case they want to take home leftovers. Just as bringing your own metal beverage containers to some restaurants has become a habit, bringing your own reusable containers to restaurants will also become habit.” As the Green Dining Alliance reports, there are so many reasons NOT to use Styrofoam. “Not using Styrofoam is not so simple though as it is still used for packaging but whenever you can, as a consumer and as a business, request and use alternate packaging for items.”

      As daily.jstor.org reports, Styrofoam was at first a “wonder product.” The expanded polystyrene foam—became popular during WWII as an inexpensive building material for military aircrafts. In 1946 the Dow Chemical Company trademarked Styrofoam and made it more flexible. It is a strong material that is also light weight. Its low cost and the ease of production helped Styrofoam become part of everyday life. It has been used in everything from energy efficient building insulation to surfboards, gardening gadgets to airplane construction. As daily.jstor.org reports, “Styrofoam was heralded as the wave of the future—until the environmental issues came up.” Scientists have known since the 1970’s about its effect on the environment. Like all plastics, polystyrene stays around in the environment for hundreds of thousands of years. Because it is light weight and crumbles easily, it gets carried by wind and water into our environment. Wildlife then eat it. Polystyrene is hard to recycle, especially in its popular form as a food packaging. And recent evidence indicates it may also be carcinogenic. The long term damage is enormous and it has become a waste nightmare.

      Effective March 16th, Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene) will no longer be accepted at any of the District’s recycling centers.  However, the District will continue to accept a variety of recyclables from paper, rigid plastics 1-7, aluminum, steel, glass bottles and jars, reuse items and more. The public can visit the South Walnut Recycling Center Tuesday through Saturday between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm. at 3400 So Walnut Street. Rural Recycling Centers are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Rural Recycling Centers include:  Ellettsville, 6200 N. Matthews Dr; Westside, 341 N. Oard Rd; Southside, 400 W. Dillman Rd; and the Northeast Recycling Center, 6015 East State Rd 45 off East Bethel Lane in New Unionville. Call 812-349-2020 for more information, pick up a Gogreen Guide at the centers, or refer to the web site at gogreendistrict.com.    

                                                                 
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      Media Contact: Elisa K. Pokral
      Community Outreach Coordinator
      Ph: (812) 349-2020/2866  E-mail: epokral@mcswmd.org








       
      • 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.



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         Press Release

        Serving Indiana as a leader in green communities
                                                                                                                                                                   
        For Immediate Release:
        November 20, 2019

        ORANGE BAG

        FEE INCREASE FOR WASTE DISPOSAL


        It’s official. Effective Jan 1, 2020, the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District will increase the cost of orange bags used for waste disposal of non-recyclables. Large orange trash bags will increase to $15.00 per roll of 10 large (33 gallon) bags (1.50 per bag). Small orange bags will cost  $12.50 per roll of 20 small (15 gallon) bags ($0.625 per bag). The District encourages the public to reduce trash by recycling more and reminds the public that disposing of trash yourself can also help reduce disposal costs if you don’t have a trash hauler. There is no additional charge to drop-off of trash in orange bags at the District’s rural recycling centers. 

        This increase in the price of the orange bags assists the District in covering ever-increasing operating costs of the waste drop-off sites. However, the price of the bags has not increased in the past ten years. The program began in 1993. Bags are available at most Monroe County grocery and hardware stores. Please refer to the web site for bag locations: gogreendistrict.com/orangebags. Low income residents may have access to orange bags through the South Central Community Action Program.

        The Orange Bag Trash program and other programs of the District make inroads in the responsible management of waste by offering residents and businesses recycling services as well as non-recyclable waste drop-off. Residents and businesses now have five sites to drop off a variety of items that can be recycled, from junk mail to household hazardous wastes.  Sales of Orange trash bags have increased.  So join the other members of the community who save money on waste disposal by taking advantage of the Orange Bag Trash program. Visit one of our four rural sites and drop off your recyclables at the same time! It’s a safe and cost effective way to dispose of your trash.  Although food waste can go in the bags, we prefer that you compost if you can, or visit our Northeast Recycling Center for where food waste collection is now available in partnership with Green Camino.  Please call 812-349-2020 for more information on orange bags and recycling and solid waste disposal or visit our web site at gogreendistrict.com.  Remember, the orange bags that are used for waste disposal drop-off at our rural recycling centers will cost more starting January 1st, 2020.
                                                                                           
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        Elisa K. Pokral                             
        Community Outreach Coordinator  The District…where Green living begins Ph: (812)-349-2866/
        2020  E-mail: epokral@mcswmd.org     gogreendistrict.com       
        Monroe County Indiana Solid Waste Management District

          
              
     
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