County Recycle/Reuse Center well used
Recycle - Reduce - Reuse. Making a difference
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Junk has taken on a whole new meaning for Ripley County
residents since the inception of the recycle center, and more recently
opened, reuse center. Recycling definitely reduces trash output.
Reusing items has become a popular trend for local residents, making
a difference that is beginning to be seen.
Last January plans were in the making to expand the existing recycling
facility located next to the Ripley County Highway Garage on US
421 near Osgood. Those plans would include a baler room for bundling
cardboard, additional room for large appliances, such as freezers,
refrigerators, and a reuse center.
The additions and upgrades were made, and in the spring the reuse
center became a reality that has served an average of 35 families
a day, according to Bill Warren, who operates the center.
Both facilities have given residents the opportunity to get rid
of unwanted items and at the same time possibly obtain things they
are in need of.
The recycling part of the center has grown since Warren has been
employed there. They now take a trailer load of recyclable goods
to the regional recycle center located in Muncie, on a monthly basis,
where it used to be maybe four loads a year. It really helps
our whole county, noted Warren, who said when people recycle,
it keeps the ditch lines cleaner and isnt filling the landfills
at such an alarming rate. Businesses are welcome to bring newspapers
and cardboard for recycling, where in the past it was for residents
Residents are encouraged to bring their paper products such as corrugated
cardboard, newspapers, magazines; plastic bottles, aluminum, glass,
scrap metal such as: washers, dryers, bicycles, water heaters, lawn
mowers; car batteries, rechargeable and alkaline batteries to the
Some items have a recycling fee such as refrigerant appliances such
as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers; electronics,
The reuse center provides an alternative way that residents can
recycle. The bring something in, take something out
motto is working well for residents here, according to Warren. He
says the biggest need seems to be for baby clothes and items. Also
in big demand are kitchen utensils, pots, pans, dishes etc.
On Tuesday of this week a lady concluded her shopping trip by saying,
Theres a lot of goodies here you know...clothes are
so expensive. She noted she would be back when she had the
extra gas money to get there.
There is a bulletin board where people can post a message either
saying they have a large item they would like to give away, or putting
in their request for a need. This has proven to be a great tool,
Looks can be deceiving. Recently an appliance was being crushed
to be taken for scrap. Someone thought it looked good on the outside
and couldnt figure out why it was being destroyed.
Warren explained that not everything can be made to work again.
Sometimes, it just has to be scraped, which is still not being destroyed.
Warren says people have responded wonderfully, some bringing in
unwanted or unneeded items, others getting much needed things for
their families. Weve had clothes brought in that are
brand new, with the price tags still on them, he noted.
The reuse center is in a climate controlled building and items are
available to Ripley County residents at no cost. They just ask that
recipients dont take the items and sell them. You can find
all sorts of household items such as appliances, tables, books,
shelving, screens, toys, knick knacks, tools, fitness equipment
and a variety of clothing at any given time.
Hours of operation for the reuse center are: Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
The recycle/reuse facility works hand in hand. Warren notes that
people who bring in things to be recycled will often times realize
they can also get rid of things that arent quite ready to
be recycled by donating them to the reuse center. The reuse part
of the center makes people realize the importance of recycling and
the cycle continues.
Plans are to enclose the area where people bring items to drop off
for recycling, according to Warren. It was evident on Tuesday of
this week that sort of enclosure is needed as the wind was whipping
paper products around on the deck.
Hours of operation for the recycle portion of the facility are:
Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m.
to 11:30 a.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. until noon.