The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Recycling
Annie Hostetter, Indiana Recycling Coalition program manager, guest blogs about the fantastic work the IRC is doing--be sure to check in all week for her posts! The top five questions that the staff members of the Indiana Recycling Coalition are asked revolve around what can be recycled and where. People want to know where the best place is to take their old computer monitors, tires, and other odd assortments. Wonderfully, people understand that there’s a better use for their old things than simply putting them in a landfill! Our answer to their questions is inevitably, “It depends on where you live.” Many communities across Indiana have single-stream, curbside recycling services which allow users to toss various common recyclables –from newspaper and junk mail, plastics #1-#7, and glass containers all in one bin. Others have drop-off sites and recycling centers where people can bring sorted recyclables. While it’s frustrating to not have a single, easy answer to give to eager recyclers about where to take their goods, we do have a wonderful answer for them: “Check our website!” We have a wonderful web resource, EcoPoint , which allows enthusiastic recyclers to enter in the material they are looking to recycle, their location, and a search radius. With this information, the website will find the nearest recycling facilities that accept that material. Users can also search by location and organization. You can find the map on our website www.indianarecycling.org/ecopoint. This week leading up to America Recycles Day on November 15th, is a great time to take a look at some of the things you’d like to recycle haven’t found out where to take them, enter them in our map and drop them off. You will be helping to: conserve resources, save energy, protect the environment and create Hoosier jobs!