The Southeastern Indiana Recycling District (SEIRD) exists to promote and practice good environmental stewardship throughout Franklin, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Scott, and Switzerland Counties. Our efforts focus upon preserving and enhancing our environment, natural resources, and public health and safety by leading in the proper management of solid waste. This may be accomplished through the practice of recycling, the reuse of satisfactory items and ultimately the reduction of materials entering our landfills.
Currently SEIRD operates and staffs seven recycling centers and eight reuse centers throughout seven counties.
SEIRD partners with county sheriff, police, and health departments to be collection sites for pharmaceutical waste. Residents have access to drop boxes that are available throughout the district for controlled and non-controlled medication disposal 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
Household hazardous waste disposal (HHW) opportunities are provided throughout the district, with three special collection days available per year. Residents of all our serviced counties are encouraged to drop HHW off at the Jefferson County Recycling Center year-around during normal business hours.
Youth and adult education is an important facet of SEIRD. Recycling educators are on staff to teach residents about recycling in school classrooms, businesses, community meetings and events, and through club or church functions. In the photo atthe right, South Ripley Elementary School receive a prize of a planted tree from SEIRD. The students went above and beyond in SEIRD’s educational recycling challenge, earning them their choice of prizes for their school.
SEIRD places recycling containers at various locations throughout the district. Since most of the district is rural, stand-alone receptacles allow for recycling in remote parts of the counties without having to drive a great distance to a recycling center.
In an effort to fully serve its district, SEIRD partners alongside the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to assist in the removal of debris that Mother Nature’s fury sometimes leaves behind. The role of SEIRD is to not only help remove disaster debris but also to assess the degree and expense of the damages to any given region.