Recycling center removes items from free hazardous materials program

The Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District is cutting back on some of the household hazardous materials it will take through its Toxaway program.

According to the district, the recycling center will no longer accept oil-based paint, fluorescent bulbs, smoke detectors/alarms, acids, mercury, pesticides, fertilizers, thinners, antifreeze.

Heather Siesel, director of the district, said some of those items will be accepted by private service providers in the county. The district is in the process of updating its recycling directory on how to get rid of those materials.

The changes go into effect on Monday August 21st.

The center accepts hazardous hazardous waste through the Toxaway program at the center on Mapleton Street from 7:30 to 4:30 Mondays through Fridays. The agency urges you to always handle those materials with care. And to keep them away from children and pets.

For more information including a complete list of materials accepted. you can go to