Hendricks County Solid Waste District Receives Education Grant from Waste Management
The Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District recently received a $5,000 grant from Waste Management, Inc. to support efforts aimed at expanding environmental education in Hendricks County. The donation is part of Waste Management’s Think Green® Grants program, a nationwide effort encouraging the development of local solutions designed to improve community environments.
The Solid Waste District, working with Taylor Studios, Inc., has developed design plans for interactive environmental education exhibits that reinforce the concept that our everyday choices about waste have long-lasting and far-reaching impacts on our community and the earth’s limited life-giving resources.
The exhibits focus on four themes: the impacts and magnitude of the waste we generate, the science and technology used in effective waste management solutions, the natural resources cycle and what actions we can all adopt to be better stewards of the earth’s resources.
One of the project’s goals is to help people understand how a landfill is constructed and managed. To do that, a unique exhibit was designed that shows the liners, layers and systems necessary to ensure a landfill works as it should; including a chance for visitors to touch a sample of actual landfill liner. “We are pleased to support this project and collaborate with the Hendricks County Solid Waste District,” said Brad Eisenhart, Senior District Manager at Twin Bridges landfill. “The District has an important mission of educating the public on the solid waste management hierarchy. Once these interactive exhibits are installed, visitors will be able to engage in a multi-sensory learning experience.”
The exhibit also includes a chart that reflects the percentages of various types of wastes found in the landfill and explains what happens to the property once the landfill is closed. The amenities offered at the Twin Bridges Recycling and Disposal Facility in Danville are also highlighted including the softball and soccer fields, trails for hiking and horseback riding, golf course, skeet shooting range and nature sanctuary.
Lenn Detwiler, Executive Director of the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District said, “The District is pleased to have Waste Management partner with us on this project. The Twin Bridges facility manages many tons of waste day after day, and they do it safely and efficiently. But, the landfill is not very well understood by many in the community. We’re working to change that and help the residents understand and appreciate the work they do while encouraging people to do their part to reduce, reuse and recycle.”
The District is currently working on acquiring space where the exhibits can become the centerpiece of a larger environmental education center. Detwiler explained, “The chief mission of the Solid Waste District is educating young and old. The District’s Board of Directors and staff are excited about this next step for the organization. We’ll be able to a better job of helping people connect the dots between the choices they make and the waste they generate.”