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Clean and green are on tap

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

Clean Shelby Days, the county’s annual trash and recycling event, kicks off Saturday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

And again this year, free greenery will available in the form of tree seedlings ready to plant.

Starting at 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, the Shelby County Recycling District will accept trash and recycling items dropped off by county residents at the fairgrounds, 500 Frank St.

Document shredding will also be available at no charge during the event, and residents may watch while their confidential papers are processed for recycling.

Appliances, electronic waste, scrap metal, miscellaneous trash and up to 10 car or small truck tires will be accepted for recycling or disposal at no charge.

Large truck or farm equipment tires, hazardous materials such as motor oil, paint or paint products, and pressurized or propane containers will not be accepted.

Clean Shelby Days events take place in April and September on separate Saturdays at six locations in the county.

The events are open only to Shelby County residents; no commercial or business disposals are allowed, and any load may be refused at the discretion of the Recycling District.

In addition, for the seventh year running, a variety of tree seedlings will be given away for free at the fairgrounds this Saturday thanks largely to the efforts of the Shelbyville High School Earth Club.

“This is really the students that do this,” said Derrick Byers, director of Shelbyville’s MS4 clean water office, who works with the high school to put on the event. 

Species of trees to be handed out include black cherry, Norway spruce, red oak, Ohio buckeye, white pine, northern white cedar, black gum, black walnut, pecan, hazelnut, persimmon and paw-paw.

People are asked not to take more than they can plant, but there is no official limit to the number of seedlings they can have, Byers said.

And the city spends very little money for the tree giveaway, he added, again due to the work of the SHS students.

“It’s the students that do all the fundraising,” Byers said.

The Shelby County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and local activist Kris Schwickrath also partner in the tree giveaway. 

For more information on Clean Shelby Days, call the Recycling District office at 317-392-8904 or go the district’s website at www.cleanshelby.org.

Information is also available on the district’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Shelby-County-Recycling-District.

To learn more about the tree giveaway, contact Derrick Byers at 317-364-4990.