Residents throughout Randolph County, Indiana have the ability to take their recycling materials to several locations. According to the Randolph County Solid Waste Management District (RCSWMD), there are recycling bins in nineteen locations where residents are encouraged to take their recyclable materials. Each of the schools within the county have bins where you can take aluminum cans, steel cans, plastics, and paper. Other locations include the fire department building in Saratoga, the American Legion in Ridgeville, the Save-A-Lot in Union City, Wal-Mart in Winchester, and Wildcat Park in Farmland. If you are unsure of actual locations near your home, you can contact the RCSWMD in downtown Winchester. It is also recommended that you check with the RCSWMD office before taking your items to any of these bins to make sure that the items will be accepted.
Currently, the curbside recycling of cardboard and paper is only available for non-profit organizations, government offices, retail stores, and industrial facilities and has not yet been extended to residential homes within the county. These services are provided by two local contractors that do not charge their customers an extra fee for the pick up.
The part of Randolph County where I live is very rural; therefore I am able to burn the majority of my garbage. The items that are able to be recycled, I take to the bins at the elementary school that is within two miles of my home. Materials that I am able to recycle include aluminum cans, steel cans, and glass containers. Table scraps, potato peelings, and coffee grounds, are used as compost to enrich the soil in my garden. Because of limited space in my home and in my outbuildings, I currently do not recycle plastics or papers. These items are burned along with other items that are not accepted at the recycling locations.
For materials such as batteries, fluorescent bulbs, electronics, paints, and other household hazardous waste, I utilize the ‘Tox-Away” program available from the Pollution Solution center in Winchester. This program accepts items like those listed above as well as appliances and tires on pre-scheduled days each month. Because I live on a farm where machinery and equipment are maintained routinely, it is necessary to dispose of materials such as oil or antifreeze. These items are taken to either the Pollution Solution Center or to other locations listed by the RCSWMD as having the capabilities to accept them.