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Monroe Co. Solid Waste Management Revamps Website
Updated September 4, 2016 11:24 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Now when you click on, you will see an even more easily accessible web site for the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District (MCSWMD) or the "District."

The District encourages Monroe County residents to take advantage of all its services and programs to help create a healthier community and environment.

Executive Director Tom McGlasson Jr. states, "It is easy to forget how much impact our daily actions have on our planet. The District strives to provide services and programs that make it easier for Monroe County residents to do their part and our web site will enable them to do that even more." McGlasson says, "All of us depend on the planet for so many things like food, fuel, water and fresh air and the actions we take--from the energy we use to the products we buy, to how we handle our waste - have an effect on the world."

Media & Education Director Elisa Pokral is available to provide presentations throughout the year to schools, businesses, and community groups. McGlasson is also available for presentations.

To view presentations and session details visit Email Pokral at or call 812-349-2866.

The District offers free presentations on a variety of earth care topics. The District encourages people to book ahead of time because the schedule fills up fast. Tours of the South Walnut Recycling Center are available as well.

The District also encourages people to view the videos on its web site at, most of which air on a variety of cable TV channels. Videos also include some from Friday Zone and a couple other sources, all with the purpose of spreading the word of how and why people can become environmental stewards.

Pokral explains, "Daily activities such as reducing waste by being careful of what you purchase, using organic alternatives to hazardous chemicals, reusing as much as possible to keep items out of the landfill, and recycling, all are actions that change the world."

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that municipal solid waste landfills are the largest source of human related methane emissions in the U.S. contributing to smog and climate change and is more harmful than carbon dioxide emissions.

Monroe County residents can also take action for the earth by picking up the District's comprehensive booklet - the "GoGreen" Guide available in Green bins at any of the District's four Rural Recycling Centers and the South Walnut Recycling Center. The GoGreen Guide tells you what can be recycled at all District Recycling Centers - what can be brought to the Hazardous Materials Facility at the South Walnut Recycling Center and at Rural Recycling Centers. So look for the publication with the smiling character with the thumb up.

Simple actions shape our world and recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce climate change. The District gives a "thumbs up" to all those who recycle and use the District's services.

One single action represents the start of your personal journey of commitment to a more sustainable earth. Why not start today and give yourself a thumbs up?!

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