center to officially open
Wanda English-Burnett, Editor
Recycling has a new meaning in Ripley County. Items are being recycled
right back into local homes through the innovative inception of
the Ripley County Re-Use Center, located at the Ripley County Highway
Garage Recycling Center on US 421 near Osgood.
The program has two advantages for people. They can get rid of gently
used items they no longer need and can also pick up things they
do need. Heres how it works. Take almost any item you need
to run a household to the center during normal business hours Monday
through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 to 11:30
a.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. These can include any
working appliances, computer, electronics, lawn mowers, clean clothing,
exercise equipment, books, housewares, good paint (even partially
used cans), bicycles, toys, and many other useful and reusable items.
What is not accepted is shoes, dirty or ripped clothing, underwear,
mattresses or bedding, old paints that have been frozen, dried,
thinned or contaminated, books with mold or mildew, and items that
are potentially hazardous because of flaws or faults.
Basically, if you cant sell it on your yard sale for
a quarter, I probably cant get rid of it either, noted
Bill Warren, who is the manager for the recycling/re-use center.
He said they are in need of items that still have life in
Then the items brought in will be recycled back to the residents
of the county. You can shop at the spacious room at the re-use center
on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday
from 8 a.m. until noon. July 17 will be the first day for shopping.
There is one catch to the shopping...its free. If your lamp
breaks and you need one, check out the reuse center to see if they
have any in stock. If youre in need of something in particular,
you can fill out a exchange board card and say what
it is youre looking for. When that item comes in, youll
Its a great system that people can take advantage of,
noted Warren, who hopes residents will use the facility for its
intended purpose - to re-use items. He said the project has taken
about a year to get in place. He looks at it as a wonderful opportunity
for people - both from the giving and receiving aspect. There is
no income guidelines for shopping at the facility, no paperwork
that has to be filled out. There will be rules to follow and those
will be outlined at the facility.
The reuse center is new in Ripley County and has been modeled in
other places with great success, according to Warren, who had visited
a facility in Bloomington. Were learning from them some
things that work and others that dont, he told the Osgood
The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday,
July 14, from 8:00 a.m. until noon at the new center. All Ripley
County residents who attend this event will be entered into a raffle
and could win a park bench made from recycled milk jugs, bird feeders
made from recycled products, and SISWD hats and other giveaways.
The Ripley County Reuse Center is located with the recycling center,
already in operation. The Ripley County Commissioners, along with
Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District (SISWD), invite the public
to check out the new facility.
For more information, you can contact Warren at 812-689-5084. If
no one answers, leave a message and hell get back with you.