Clean for spring: Community recycling events coming up


A local resident participates in a previous shred event hosted by GBC Bank. A Community Shred Day is scheduled for this Saturday at the Hancock County Fairgrounds.

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HANCOCK COUNTY – Several recycling events are coming up this month throughout Hancock County, lightening the load on spring cleaning.

A community shred day is this Saturday April 20, followed by a recycling event April 27. Heavy trash pickup will be on both April 20 and April 27 for Greenfield residents. Here’s a look at where to bring your items and what to expect:

Community Shred Day: GBC Bank will host a Community Shred Day from 9 a.m. to noon April 20 at the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds for all county residents.

In previous years, branch banks hosted smaller shred days but the popularity of the program required a larger venue.

Free, on-site paper shredding will be available with two shredding trucks. Limit the amount of paper to three, 13-gallon trash bags.

“We host this event because we want to give our community the opportunity to properly dispose of sensitive information,” said Andy Wilkins, assistant vice president and director of marketing for the bank. “Identity theft is an ongoing battle and this is one way to help deter personal information from getting into the wrong hands.”

Another shred day will be Oct. 12. For updates, visit,, or call 317-462-1431.

Recycle Hancock County collection event: The spring collection event hosted by Recycle Hancock County is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at Elanco, 2500 Innovation Way, Greenfield. Cost is $5 per carload for hazardous waste; $5 per carload for electronics plus additional fees for TVs and monitors; $3 per box for document shredding; $4.50 for tires with the rim off, $5 for tires with the rim on; and $1 to $5 for latex paint. Cash and credit card are accepted.

The site is for Hancock County residents only. They will also accept shoe donations and expired non-perishable food.

“The main responsibility of Recycle Hancock County is to provide an opportunity for residents to dispose of hazardous waste properly,” said Dede Allender, director and education coordinator for Recycle Hancock County. “By having these events we are able to provide safe and proper disposal of these harmful items. Our vendors come to our event for the day and they have the required training to know how to handle these items properly. They take all of the items back to their facility and neutralize them, recycle them or dispose of them in a manner that is safe for the environment.”

For more, visit or call 317-462-7605.

Heavy Pick-up: Rid your property of large items, bulky trash and furniture the final two Saturdays of April.

The 40th annual Heavy Pick-Up program is April 20 for residents on the east side of Ind. 9; and April 27 for residents on the west side of Ind. 9, announced Tyler Rankins, street commissioner for the city of Greenfield.

Trash will only be picked up inside of city limits. The eastern section will include properties east of Ind. 9 to the city limits; the west side will include properties west of Ind. 9 to the city limits.

Items for pick-up should be placed at curbside by 7 a.m. on the scheduled Saturday. No items will be picked up in alleys, businesses, apartment complexes or churches.

Items not accepted include household trash, limbs, tires, oil, batteries, building materials, TVs, computer monitors or other items designated by the street commissioner. Paint will be picked up only when it is dry and in open containers.

“If you put your items out soon enough there are scrappers that go around and take all of the metal and most appliances,” Rankins said. “Some residents don’t like this, but it actually helps us out by not having to pick it up and haul it to the dump and they can make a little money off of it. It’s really a win/win.”

The department has seven crews out each Saturday, and each crew has either a front loader or a backhoe. Some of the most common items are couches, dressers and mattresses.

“After we pick up the items, we take them and dump them at Republic on Franklin Street, and they take it from there,” Rankins said. “This is an agreement we have with them, and they open just for us on these two weekends. I’m not sure how this got started honestly, I just know it’s one of the longest running services we do for our residents. Unfortunately, it gets more expensive every year, but I hope we can continue to offer the service in the future.

Call 317-325-1680 and leave a message for questions; there is no need to schedule a pickup.