Nearly 35 years ago, in 1990, Indiana legislation required each of the state’s 92 counties to be or become a part of a solid waste district. The legislation was intended to reduce the amount of solid waste being deposited in to landfills.
A short time later, Rush County joined with Henry and Hancock counties to form the Three-River Solid Waste District. The partnership remained in place until Hancock County opted out in 2004. Rush County followed a year later, with both counties forming their own solid waste districts.
In 2005, the Rush County Solid Waste Management District (Clean Green Rush) was formed and has since operated out of the Smiley Avenue reclamation center. Major strides in the county’s recycling efforts took place when Carole Yeend was hired and assumed the helm a year later in 2006.
Since that time, a number of ongoing collections have become the norm for Rush County residents. The collection site is open from 8 a.m. until noon the first Saturday of each month for a tox-away event. The monthly collection is for electronic items as well as paints and other hazardous materials.
Yeend has frequently said that Rush County residents have embraced efforts to reclaim, recycle and reuse.
A number of ongoing events are the collection of outdated or unwanted prescription medication. Two drop off sites are available for residents - the Rush County Sheriff’s Department and the Rushville Police Department as a means to discard unwanted medications in a safe manner. The Rushville City Street Department collects recycle items each Friday from Rushville residences. Recycle receptacles are available at no cost and may be picked up at the East Ninth Street City Garage during regular business hours Monday through Friday.
Yeend said that it is hoped after a brief respite, the Community Action Committee (CAC) can be restarted during the coming months. The group meets and seeks additional means to make an impact on local keeping the county green.
Additional information regarding Clean Green Rush to become a part of the CAC, Yeend can be contacted at (765) 938-1342.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.