Why are solid waste management districts important?

SWMD's must plan for management of:

  • Wast Tires
  • Household Hazardous Wastes, including Mercury
  • Used Oil
  • White Goods
  • Electronics
  • Yard Waste (vegetative material)

West Central SWD additionally provides:

  • Rural Recycling Drop-Off Centers (7)
  • Rural Recycling Assistance Grant (50% of hauling/collection fees)
  • Recycling bins at 4-H fairs/events(bottles/cans), gov. offices/courthouses (paper recycling)
  • Loaner bins for recycling at community events
  • Annual donation to schools/volunteer fire dept. for monitoring recycling collection bins
  • Safe Sharps Disposal (free needle clippers)
  • Unwanted Pharmaceutical Collection
  • School/Civic Organization recycling grants and bench grants
  • Fulfills MS4 requirements by providing hazardous/toxic education and services to protect groundwater, watersheds, and wildlife
  • School & Public Education promoting the benefits of recycling, composting, waste reduction, reuse, and closing the loop by buying recycled products
  • Resource to educate and assist residents with options for safe disposal of harmful wastes and environmentally focused services
  • Up-to-date detailed reporting to the State for a clear picture of how we are meeting recycling goals locally and State-wide
  • Christmas Tree Recycling (provides wildlife habitats, prevents erosion, provides mulch)
  • Assistance with management of disaster debris
  • Partner with Lions Club to collect used eye glasses for reuse

Additional Long-Term Benefits:

  • Landfills have longer life expectancy due to SWMD efforts to change the mindset of the general public to think before they throw away, diverting waste from landfills and conserving natural resources through reuse, waste reduction, and recycling education.
  • Roadside/ditch litter and illegal dumping has been drastically decreased due to education and services providing residents with outlets for problem wastes.
  • WCSWD has one of the lowest per capita expenditures across the State due to shared expenses with multiple counties; reduced staffing with expanded work responsibilities; earnest management of allocated funds; partnerships developed with private industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Recycle?

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We have become a throw-away society. Nearly everything we use can be purchased in a disposable form. The result is a tremendous increase in trash, littering of our streets and public areas, illegal dumping, an increased dependence upon landfills for disposal and a tremendous depletion of our natural resources. Recycling reduces the demand on our natural resources, saves valuable landfill space, and creates opportunities for new industries. If we don’t recycle, we will eventually run out of space for all of our trash. What will we do with it then?

What Can I Recycle?

The District has placed drop-off recycling centers in various rural communities throughout Montgomery, Parke and Putnam Counties and materials accepted there do not necessarily coincide with what that municipality collects. For more information on the Rural Recycling drop-off centers, check out our Rural Recycling Centers . If you live within the city limits of Crawfordsville or Greencastle, you can contact your street or public works department for more information regarding the specifics of their curbside recycling program.

Why not more rural recycling centers locations [RRC]?

The District is currently in the process of extending the number of rural recycling centers. However, this is a very expensive program and cost is prohibiting the District from expanding too quickly. Check the website periodically to find new locations.

What is HHW?

HHW stands for Household Hazardous Waste and is defined as something in your home that could be dangerous that you no longer want. HHW is usually some type of chemical that may be toxic (poisonous), corrosive (can eat through skin or material), reactive (can cause a fire or a harmful gas to be produced if mixed with oxygen or another chemical) or an irritant (can cause soreness or swelling of your skin, eyes or internal organs). Examples include oil based paint, pesticides, antifreeze, bleach, etc. HHW should never be thrown away in the trash because it can contaminate the environment. Instead, take materials to the District’s annual Tox Away Days. For details, check out the Special Events sections of our web site.

Why not more Tox-Away Days?

Tox Away Days are very expensive. The District currently spends approximately $64,000 per year to provide three separate events each year to Parke, Putnam and Montgomery Counties. At this time, until the District finds a way to increase its’ funding, we will only be able to sponsor one event per county. We strongly encourage residents from all three counties to attend any of the events each year. Where can I recycle e-waste [electronic/electrical waste]? It is important to recycle electronics as they contain heavy metals such as lead and cadmium that can be hazardous to health should they end up in our water stream or enter the environment in other forms. District residents can recycle their electronics at the annual Tox Away Days held in May [Putnam County], June [Montgomery County] and September/October [Parke County]. Special Events/ Tox Away Days.

Where's the dump (better referred to as a landfill)?

A landfill is a system of trash and garbage disposal in which the waste is buried between layers of earth to build up low-lying land. The District does not have a municipal landfill. When your trash is picked up, it is most likely taken to a transfer station, a site where trash is collected and reloaded into trucks for transport to a landfill. Often the District's compost sites are mistakenly referred to as dumps, however, these are facilities which accept yard waste (such as leaves, brush, limbs, and small logs) to be composted. If you are in need of a public landfill, please contact one of the following locations: Twin Bridges in Danville, Indiana (317-745-2878) or Sycamore Ridge in Terre Haute, Indiana (812-299-9227).

Why do waste haulers sometimes use garbage trucks to pick up recycling?

Some companies do utilize the same vehicles to pick up recycling as they do to pick up trash, but this is done on separate runs of collection. If a resident eversees a company tossing trash in the same vehicle as recycling, the District should be notified. The reason for utilizing the same vehicle on different runs is to streamline costs to ultimately keep costs down for the customer.

In the past, trucks separated recyclables into categories such as glass, plastic, metal and paper. Now they collect many of the recyclables and place it in one large bin - why?

This is called co-mingle collection, a process that is utilized across the country and deemed beneficial. Waste haulers or street departments are finding that if they streamline the collection process, the materials can easily be sorted at the material recovery facility (MRF); thus saving time and money while still turning out a good product.
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