Recycling expanded in Ripley County

The Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District has announced more opportunities for residents of Ripley County to recycle items known as household hazardous waste. In the past, these items could only be recycled at the SISWD Processing Center in Madison.

Residents are now urged to take their ‘difficult-to-dispose of’ items to the Ripley County Recycling Center located south of Osgood on US 421 on the second Saturday of each quarter - for 2010, the dates will be July 10 and October 9. A special collection vehicle will be located at the site from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on those Saturdays. These items can be accepted only during that hour to ensure that a certified professional is present.

Examples of household hazardous waste are leftover cleaning supplies, pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides; acids and bases, such as drain cleaners and other cleaning chemicals; oxidizers such as pool chemicals or hydrogen peroxide; flammable liquids such as gasoline and fuel additives, petroleum based products, oil based paints, thinners and stains; items containing mercury, such as fluorescent bulbs and thermostats and early thermometers.

Containers must be labeled.

None of these items are to be disposed of in garbage or dumped, as they contain chemicals and elements that are hazardous to the drinking water supply.

This special collection opportunity does not include items that may be dropped off at the recycling center during normal business hours, such as used tires, oil and antifreeze and oil filters, refrigerant items and electronics.

The Ripley County Recycling Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon to accept household recyclables.
Visit for details about the Ripley County Recycling Center or to download a brochure.