Solid Waste Management District offers many recycling programs

Last Updated on November 23, 2015 by cassnetwork

I’m well into my third month as Director of the District and I’ve seen amazing support for the E-waste recycling program. Residents seem truly concerned about proper disposal of their old televisions and other types of electronics. As of January 1, 2011, state law (IC 13-20.5-10) prohibits disposal of electronics in municipal trash due to the valuable components within electronics and because of the dangers posed by the hazardous elements that are present.

I’m especially proud that citizens take this seriously and advocate for a greener earth.

The District accepts electronics by appointment. I can usually accommodate residents on the day they call or the following day. Your patience is greatly appreciated. There are many reasons why appointments are necessary and organized disposal is required. As a director, I wear many hats.

Besides collecting E-Waste, I also coordinate educational events to the public. This month I participated in a Field Day event held at the Isaac Walton League sponsored by the Cass
County Soil and Water Conservation District. At this event, area 5th graders heard presentations given by the Solid Waste District and other environmental organizations.

Kids learn so much during these hands-on, outdoor presentations. Their involvement in these activities can’t be taught in a classroom. The leaders that actively participate in this event give our community kids an experience that will stay with them throughout their lives. The hope is that they will develop a passion for the outdoors, nature, and the preservation of our natural resources.

I presented for the local Kiwanis group informing them about the different programs offered by the District. I appreciate the opportunity to speak to a great group of individuals.

Along with electronic collection and coordinating educational events, I am a program manager and I structure new program development. Not only is it important to maintain functional and successful programs, it’s essential that we seek new ways to divert material from landfills. With new outlets impending, county residents are sure to see current programs thrive as well as observe the development of new programs.

The District maintains the roll-off program allowing individuals to recycle regular items such as paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, and aluminum. Between the city’s curbside program and our drop-off program, everyone in the county has an opportunity to dispose of their recyclable waste.

My other involvements include participation in a conservation task force joined by other department heads, attend legislative meetings pertaining to recycling laws, participate in director roundtables, and maintain awareness through several media outlets. I also attend meetings with local organizations that connect the District to community events.

These are just a few things that are part of my job. For me, each new challenge brings motivation on a professional and personal level. I will continue to strive to make Cass County as green as possible and I appreciate the collective efforts of this fine community.

Until next month, Stay Green!

Sacha Teague, director

Cass County Solid Waste Management District

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