subject guide: green living

Library resources and local links for eco-friendly living with tips on reducing, reusing, recycling and more.

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Organic Housekeeping
by Ellen Sandback
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Environmental Protection Agency Green Living Guide -
Learn about the issues our environment is facing and ways to reduce your environmental footprint.  The site even offers tips for planning green events and starting green initiatives in the workplace.

National Geographic Green Guide
This popular magazine's website offers a comprehensive guide for going green from product buying guides to tips on more earth-friendly travel and eating.

The Daily Green -
A consumer guide to all things green from Good Housekeeping, The Daily Green offers news about the environment along with information on a wide variety of green topics from fuel efficient cars to less toxic cosmetics.


Keep Indianapolis Beautiful -
Check out KIB's Recycle and Reuse Guide for tips on where to recycle pretty much everything from aerosol cans to mattresses to yard waste in the greater Indianapolis area, including Greenwood.

Recycle Johnson County -
The Johnson County Recycling District allows Johnson County residents to dispose of most electronics and hazardous household wastes for free.  The website also offers a guide of where in our area you can recycle pretty much anything. 


Is there curbside recycling in Greenwood?
Yes, the city's trash program offers curbside recycling at no additional cost to your monthly trash pick up fee.  Recycling bins are picked up the same day as your regular trash. 

How can I get a bin for curbside recycling?
Call 1-800-354-1830 to get a bin delivered to your home, or stop by the city's Department of Public Works at 367 South Washington to pick one up.  There is an $8.00 fee for lost, stolen, or damaged bins.

What can I put in my curbside recycling bin?
Aluminum and bi-metal beverage cans, steel food cans with labels removed, glass containers with lids removed, #1 and #2 plastics with lids and rings removed, paper without staples or binding including newspaper, glossy coupon paper and brown paper bags.  Items should be rinsed.

Where can I recycle cardboard?
Cardboard only recycling containers are located at Old City Park, just north of the library at 304 South Meridian Street.

Where are the other recycling drop-off locations?
Abundant Grace Church at 2424 S Emerson Ave and Emmanuel Church of Greenwood at 1640 W Stones Crossing Rd have 24/7 drop off recycling bins for paper, steel/tin food cans, glass bottles, plastics, and aluminum cans.

What about phone books?
Phone books can be recycled at Perry Park, 451 East Stop 11 Road.  You can also opt-out and control the number of phone books you receive at your home or business at

Where is the nearest Tox Drop location?
The nearest Tox Drop location is at the Johnson County Highway Department, 1051 Hospital Road, Franklin, 738-2546.

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