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Toxaway Day is May 6th in Greencastle

Tox-Away Days are annual events sponsored by West Central Solid Waste District (District) that provide Putnam, Parke, and Montgomery County residents with the opportunity to safely and inexpensively dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW).

The Putnam County Tox-Away Day will be held on Saturday, May 6th at Area 30 Career Center (across from Wal-Mart) in Greencastle from 8am- 1pm (Rain or Shine). Residents are asked not to arrive prior to 7:45 as it interferes with event set up and creates traffic congestion. This event is organized to get people in and out as quickly and safely as possible, but lines should be anticipated as we average 600 vehicles in 5 hours. Last year, over 182 tons of toxic/hazardous materials were safely removed from our 3 counties. These items, if disposed of improperly, are dangerous to the health of humans, animals and the environment. Skilled personnel will 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 landfilled. Bring your electronics and appliances to these events free of charge (exception: $20 fee for any size TV). Tox- Away Days are the perfect opportunity to dispose of tires that are lying around collecting water that can turn into mosquito breeding grounds (limits apply). Residents are asked not to bring latex paint for disposal as it is water-based and not hazardous. Latex paint should be dried out by mixing with equal parts of cheap kitty litter or sand and set out with your trash once it is in solid form with the lid removed.

For a complete list of items accepted go to our website at www.westcentralswd.com and click the “Tox Away” tab and also watch for ads in your local newspaper. *Pricing has changed for tractor tires over 54” – please refer to 2017 flyer. Small or mixed items should always be in a visible box/crate and not a dark bag or container which can be a safety hazard.

If you are unable to attend the May 6th event, you are welcome to attend the Tox-Away Day(s) on June 24th in Crawfordsville at North Montgomery High School or on September 16th in Rockville at the Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds. Residents can call the District office with questions at (765) 653-2150.

Please thank your District Board members (Commissioner Don Walton, Councilman Gene Beck, and Mayor Bill Dory), Putnam County Commissioners and Council; as well as Heritage Environmental Services for supporting this important program.

Jane Collisi,
Executive Director.

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