WCSWD is a government agency whose mission is to inform and educate the citizens of Parke and Putnam Counties about proper disposal, waste reduction, reuse, recycling and provide programs and services in these areas. WCSWD residents may use programs and events in any of the two counties.
All of us should be concerned with the “state of our trash”. National recycling efforts and stricter disposal laws have helped to clean up our act considerably. However, the average American generates 4.5 pounds of garbage each day and the more we consume the more we have to “throw away”. WCSWD has four rural recycling centers located in Parke and Putnam counties for residential use only. All sites are open year around 24/7.
Tox-Away Days are annual events sponsored by West Central Solid Waste District that provide Parke and Putnam County residents with the opportunity to safely and inexpensively dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW).
These events are organized to get people in and out as quickly and safely as possible, but lines should be anticipated. These hazardous items, if disposed of improperly, are dangerous to the health of humans, animals and the environment. Residents are asked to remain in their vehicle as skilled personnel unload items in a safe drive-through environment.
Electronics such as computers, cell phones, gaming consoles, etc. can no longer be thrown in the trash or landfills. Tox-Away Days are the perfect opportunity to dispose of tires that are lying around collecting water that can turn into mosquito breeding grounds. Click here for current flyer.
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Christmas tree recycling is a way that Parke and Putnam County residents can give something back to the earth. By recycling these trees, residents can help divert trees from the landfill, provide a habitat for fish and wildlife, aid in erosion control, and provide mulch for flowerbeds and trees. The trees are also available for FREE to anyone who would like to use them for their ponds, lake or to stop erosion on their property. The parks or community affiliated with the collection sites will use the remaining trees.
Each year, West Central Solid Waste District is encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas Trees for FREE starting December 26th through the last Saturday in January.
Are you or someone you know looking for a safe and easy way to dispose of diabetic or medical sharps needles? The District partnered with Parke and Putnam County Health Departments to offer a needle clipper for our residents at no cost. Click here for details.
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