Sycamore Serves

5 Minute Plastic Pickup / April 26-28 

The Sycamore community takes five minutes to make a positive impact on our community.

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We know that plastic trash is having a negative impact on our planet. We know that Sycamore kids want to help the Earth! We’re combining these two things together in our final Sycamore Serves project of the school year. And we want to tell the world how awesome that you all are. So, we’re asking you to document your plastic pickup and share it on social media!

FAQ - 5 Minute Plastic Pickup
Where: Any place you choose! Your neighborhood, a favorite local park, or green space.
When: Anytime between Friday, April 26, and Sunday, April 28.
  1. Pick a spot
  2. Grab a trash bag and gloves
  3. Grab a camera or phone!
  4. Spend 5 minutes picking up plastic and trash
  5. Take a photo or video of you and your family picking up trash. Post it to social media with the hashtag #plasticpickup. Other tags you can add: #recycle and #SycamoreServes
  6. Sycamore will amplify the message, share your activity and show the world what the Sycamore Community is doing to make the world a better place!
  7. Recycle the plastic trash you have gathered.
That’s it! Enjoy your day knowing that you have helped

Earth Month - Everyday Green Initiatives – Just in time for Spring cleaning
General Recycling guides:
 Household Hazardous Waste & Recycling
  1. Carmel Household Hazardous Waste & Recycling - For Carmel residents only. See website for items Accepted for Household Hazardous Waste Disposal:
  2. Hamilton County Household Hazardous Waste & Recycling 
  3. Indy ToxDrop
  4. More options? Click here!
 Old electronics:
  1. Indy sites: Special days for electronics recycling (317.327.4622)
  2. More options from the state – click here or check out the clothing options below 
  • Alkaline, lithium - In the mid-1990s regulations (ie, Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act passed in 1996 were enacted that significantly reduced or eliminated the amount of mercury used in the production of alkaline batteries.  As a result, alkaline batteries are safe for disposal with typical household trash.
  • Button cell – most can be thrown away, an exception is those in watches – they need to be recycled. Check out options here or here.
  • Rechargeable batteries – are not safe for disposal in a landfill and should always be recycled.  Check out options here or here.
 Old pots/pans
  • Consider donating to a local charity if they are in good condition.
  • Calphalon pot: they will recycle for you – good reason to consider buying from them!
  • Trash if in poor condition.
  • Clothes:
    • Wheeler Mission needs gently used or new socks and underwear
    • Julian Center needs gently used clothes, home goods, and furniture to help abuse survivors in the Indianapolis area
    • DonationTown The organization connects donors to charities that will pick up donations. Many options for having your donations picked up.
    • Goodwill Indy provides clothing to many homeless shelters and accepts donations
    • The Pour House helps those experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis. This local organization runs solely on donations. Their volunteers distribute clothing, food, blankets, hygiene products, and related goods on a daily basis.
    • Dress for Success Indy Accepts new and gently used women’s professional clothing. Think about what a woman would need to wear for a job interview, and that’s what they need.
  • Shoes: soles4souls
Quizzes for the kids (and you) to take to make them more Green knowledgeable
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