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Solid Waste aims high with recent upgrade

The recycling center by the May and Joe Rhoads Memorial Pool in Corydon has been closed since the Harrison County Solid Waste Management District recently opened an office and recycling center in Harrison County Industrial Park.
The move to the new location was inevitable, because Solid Waste had maxed out its potential at the recycling center by the pool, but wanted to do more.
Anna Morris, the SWMD director said, ‘The biggest change is the potential we have now. The programs we can provide in the near future can make an impact in the community.’
Solid Waste’s four-acre site and 10,000-square-foot building in Industrial Park will also handle recycled materials from the three other Harrison County recycling centers. The $600,000 building, paid half from riverboat revenue and half came from the Solid Waste agency’s own funds, also houses the Solid Waste offices, formerly at the Harrison County Court House.
In May, Solid Waste collected 80,000 pounds of recyclable materials. So far in June, the numbers are up but the official totals aren’t yet available.
In addition to accepting newspapers, clear, brown and green glass, aluminum cans, tin cans, plastics, cardboard, magazines and household batteries, Solid Waste has begun taking in new materials such as office paper, shredded paper, junk mail and tires.
Adding tires to the collectibles allows Solid Waste to stop the annual tire and appliance collections, which had cost $25,000 and was too big a burden for the agency. The new tire program gives the residents in Harrison County a place to take their used tires, instead of storing them in their garage or dropping them down a nearby sinkhole.
Currently, there is a charge to dispose of a tire at the recycling center, depending on size and whether the rim is affixed. Prices range from $1 to $9. Tires are accepted on Fridays only from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
If all goes well, Solid Waste should have a grant approved in September which will enable it to start recycling appliances. This includes old refrigerators, stoves, deep freezes and dishwashers.
The new building may look empty right now, but that will change if all goes as planned. As proposed, the center will have at least three bailers, which will be used to compress recyclable materials. That will increase the weight that can be carried per load and thus reduce costs.
The front of the building has the offices and the back has two sections; one for recycling material from Corydon and the other half for drop-off items from the other locations in the county.
Morris also encourages people to tell Solid Waste about programs from other communities that they would like to see started in Harrison County.
Solid Waste asks residents to sort plastic items. Separate number 1s and 2s from the others, and then separate those into color, clear and frosted.
The new Harrison County Recycling Center is at 3151 Progress Blvd., off Quarry Road. For questions or suggestions, call 738-8415.
The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Elizabeth, Lanesville and Palmyra mobile units are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
The Elizabeth unit is at South Central Elementary School, Lanesville is adjacent to the Jaycee Building in Walter Q. Gresham Park, and Palmyra’s is off U.S. 150 near Buffalo Trace Park.