Spring Bulky item drop-off days are back. To better serve the public, the event will again be held at the Monroe County Fairgrounds on Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event sponsors are the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District (District), Hoosier Disposal & Recycling Services, the Monroe County Fair Board and the Monroe County Highway Department.

This event is designed for Monroe County residents to bring their unusable furniture, appliances, etc., to the Monroe County Fairgrounds, Gate #5, 2802 Kirby Road. Usable furniture and working appliances don’t belong in the trash. However, to ensure that any usable bulky items do not end up in the landfill, the District’s Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will have some reuse agencies there to divert the usable material. This additional service on Bulky Item Days, added last fall, was very successful at diverting usable materials from the landfill.

Executive Director Larry D. Barker says, “Throughout the year the District urges the public to give usable items to the many people who could use them or charitable agencies. However, since we now have a reuse component as part of our Bulky Item Days waste reduction effort, the public may bring bulky reusable items as well because reuse agencies will be on-site April 3 and April 4. The reuse agencies will decide whether they can accept the item or items.”

Barker reminds the public that on the Bulky Item Days, all regular services of orange bag trash disposal, recycling and trading posts will be available at the District’s other sites.

Environmental Compliance Director Tom McGlasson Jr. says, “We remind the public to be responsible in observing disposal regulations, disposing of bulky items, trash and recyclables so the waste doesn’t end up disposed of illegally. Mattresses, couches, chairs, and other furniture items are frequently found at illegal dump sites in Monroe County. This event is a way for residents to take pride in their community and keep it clean.”

Media and Education Director Elisa K. Pokral states, “Illegal dumping costs taxpayers money, pollutes the air, water and soil, contributing to a host of safety problems, and cleanups can take years. We want to thank all of our sponsors for hosting this event because it is an important community service. Whether you’re moving in or out or just redecorating, and you’re a Monroe County resident, this District event can help you.”

Orange bags are not needed for bulky items. Bulky items do not include household waste/household trash.

There will be no charge for bulky items, with the exception of Freon-containing appliances and tires.
Freon-containing appliances will only be accepted at the Hazardous Materials Facility at 3400 S.
Walnut St. Each Freon appliance requires the purchase of a $20 sticker, which is available at the Hazardous Materials Facility at Central Recycling & Reuse. This sticker identifies these appliances and certifies that the customer has paid the $20 disposal fee. This charge offsets the high cost of removing Freon from refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

Freon is a hazardous material, and federal law requires that Freon be properly contained and disposed of. Stickers may be purchased ahead of time at the District’s Administration Office or the Hazmat Facility, located at 3400 S. Walnut St., or online at www.mcswmd.org.

Passenger and light truck tires ($5 off rim, $10 on rim, $20 each semi tire, $25 each tractor tire) will be accepted at the Hoosier Disposal Transfer Station only, and orange-bag trash will not be accepted at the Fairgrounds.. .

The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, Hoosier Disposal & Recycling and local haulers would like to thank Monroe County residents and businesses for their support. Local trash collection, recycling, and reuse supports Monroe County programs and reduces trash disposal costs. If you have any questions, please call the District at (812) 349-2020 or refer to www. mcswmd.org

Free Acceptable Items

Large Household Items
Building Materials

Scrap Metal Recycling

Grills (no tanks)
Tire rims (no tires)
Steel/Aluminum Pipe
Fence Posts Only (No fencing)
Other Scrap Metal

Appliances w/$20.00 Sticker

Air Conditioners

Items NOT Accepted

Chemical Containers
Fluorescent Bulbs
Gas Cans
Household Trash
Paint Cans
Empty Car Gas Tanks
Propane Tanks
Household Hazardous Waste

Note: Other items of similar size and weight in each category may be accepted.

Orange bags must be taken to one of our rural sites during regular days and hours. If the trash item can fit into an orange bag, it must be in an orange bag.

Elisa Pokral can be reached at .