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Recycling centers ‘getting back to normal’

Recycling centers ‘getting back to normal’ Recycling centers ‘getting back to normal’
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

Tomorrow (Thursday) marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. And, in a year when finding toilet paper, paper towels or other paper products on shelves was at times challenging, the importance of recycling has only increased.

Through the years, Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, has been used as a teaching method and a reminder that actions made today can have an immediate impact on the future of the Earth’s climate. With more people being inside of their homes the past year more than ever, companies are encouraging everyone to do what they can to help clean up their environment.

Harrison County offers numerous recycling locations.

Bret Bierly, executive director of the Harrison County Solid Waste Management District, said that due to COVID-19, they have seen an increase in the amount of recyclable materials coming into each of the locations. This is something he credits to people staying home and finding new things they believe they should prioritize.

He also noted they had to close the Corydon Recycling Center, located at 3151 Progress Blvd., a couple of times during the past year due to personnel issues.

“We had some of our team get sick, and we have had truck and trailer issues because those companies have had to quarantine as well,” Bierly said. “It truly is a trickle-down effect when it comes to companies having to close this year due to various quarantine reasons, and it has affected us. However, I feel we are on the right track to getting back to normal now.”

Starting this week, the Corydon Recycling Center will change its hours of operation to 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will be closed on weekends. The other three locations — at the old Elizabeth Grade School, at 5077 Main St., the Lanesville Jaycees property near Gresham Park and, in Palmyra, at the old Indiana Dept. of Transportation scale station near Buffalo Trace Park at 2090 Highway 150 NE — will be open 24/7.

Bierly said people are encouraged to bring all their recyclable materials to each location. Those items can include newspaper, cardboard and paperboard, steel/tin cans, plastic bottles, jugs, aluminum cans, glass bottles or jars, magazines, household batteries, car batteries, junk mail and shredded paper. He said to please try to rinse all cans, bottles, jars and jugs before arriving. Labels, however, do not need to be removed.

“We also have outside bins at the Corydon location for people to use if we are closed,” Bierly said. “We are really working moving forward to have a way for people to drop off recyclable items in Harrison County at any time.”

Bierly said for anyone with further questions to call 812-738-8415 and someone at the center will be able to help them.