Going Green: ACSW Updates "Waste Watcher" Publication

Published 02/04 2014 02:13PM

Updated 02/04 2014 02:43PM

The Allen County Solid Waste Management District has a recently updated version of "Waste Watcher", an annual publication available for free to anyone wanting to slim down their waste by going green.

"We've been around for more than 20 years."

The ACSW Management District has dedicated more than 2 decades to making our area a cleaner and more sustainable community.

One of the ways that the Waste Management District educates the community is through their annual publication "Waste Watcher".

The publication is a small booklet with tips on how to go green, avoid waste, maps of recycling locations, and other useful information.  An online version is available as well.

Laura Rhoades is the Community Education Coordinator for the Solid Waste District. 

"The website gives you an accelerated version. You can just plug in, if you're looking for oil, if you're looking for

where to take batteries, and it will automatically bring the site up, and actually give you a map and the hours where you

can drop things off."

Laura says that not all recycling programs accept the same items, so it is important to check with your county to see what items can be recycled.

For Fort Wayne residents, that information can be found in the Waste Watcher.

Accepted items for curbside pickup include: glass, aluminum cans, steel food cans, cardboard, fiberboard, newspaper, and magazines, junk mail, and phone books, paper, and plastics.

Unaccepted items include: food contaminated cardboard, plastic bags, mirror glass, styrofoam, aerosol cans, paper milk cartons, and fluorescent light bulbs.

If you live in an apartment where curbside recycling is unavailable, recycling drop off trailers are available throughout the county.

"That's one reason we subsidized recycling trailers, as far as, we wanna make is as convenient for peole as possible."

The most recent publication of Waste Watcher is available for free at the ACSW District which is located on East Main Street in Downtown Fort Wayne, or you can also access their website at www.acwastewatcher.org.

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