March 04, 2014
The Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District will provide five Tox-Away Days in 2014; one more than past years. The events are an opportunity for Hendricks County residents to properly recycle or dispose of household hazardous wastes, medical sharps, unwanted medicines, tires, appliances, computer components and electronics.
The 2014 Tox-Away Days will be held as follows:
April 12th at the Brownsburg High School—enter from Odell Street
May 17th at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds—enter from East Main Street
July 26th at Hickory Elementary School in Avon—enter from State Road 267
September 20th at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds—enter from East Main Street
October 18th at Plainfield Middle School—enter from Longfellow Drive.
The events are open from 8:00am to 1:00pm and are available to Hendricks County residents only. Regulations prohibit businesses from using the events.
Lenn Detwiler, the District’s Executive Director said, “Tox-Away Days continue to be very popular and well-utilized. Last year over 2,900 participants came through the four events and we collected nearly 225,000 pounds of material. Residents seem to really appreciate what we do through our Tox-Away Day program and they continue to respond. In response to the strong demand for the events, the District’s Board of Directors added another Tox-Away Day to the schedule.”
Common examples of household hazardous wastes include: cleaners, antifreeze, fluorescent light bulbs (including CFLs), herbicides, pesticides, pool chemicals, oil-based paints and stains, fuels, mercury-containing items, medical sharps, batteries and adhesives. All household hazardous wastes are accepted free of charge and will be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.
The District asks residents not to bring latex paint to Tox-Away Day for disposal. Since latex paint is water-based, it is safe to dispose of with normal household trash. The paint must be solidified before trash haulers will pick it up at the curb. The District has produced a demonstration video on properly drying and disposing of latex paint. That video can be viewed at HendricksSolidWaste.com/latexpaintdrying.
The District will again partner with the Hendricks County Substance Abuse Task Force to collect unwanted medicines during the Tox-Away Days, free of charge. All kinds of medicines are accepted: prescription, over-the-counter, animal medications, etc. Residents bringing medicines are asked to leave the drugs in their original containers and ensure that the name and strength of the drug is readable as well as the name of pharmacy where it was filled, in the case of prescription medicines. Any personal information may be blacked out or removed from the containers.
In addition to household hazardous waste and unwanted medicines, electronics, tires and appliances will also be accepted during the events. Some fees may apply depending on the number and type of items.
More information about the Tox-Away Day program is available by calling the District’s office at 317-858-6070 or by visiting HendricksSolidWaste.com.
The mission of the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District is to promote recycling, waste reduction and responsible waste management within Hendricks County.