Post-Holiday Recycling Event January 8

City’s Office of Sustainability Announces 5th Annual Post – Holiday Recycling Event

INDIANAPOLIS – The City’s Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Indy Parks and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, will offer four drop-off locations for its Post-Holiday Recycling Event on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For the fifth year in a row, Indianapolis residents will have the opportunity to recycle unwanted electronics and holiday waste. The following items will be accepted at this year’s event.

  • Real Christmas Trees
  • Gift boxes
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Styrofoam (molded, white only)
  • Old electronics
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Mail, school and office paper

Also, the “Paper Retriever” Program will be participating in this year’s event (note that Rocky Ripple has its own Paper Retriever which benefits Rocky Ripple’s parks, please consider placing your paper waste at the bin located near the Town Hall). Paper Retriever is a simple paper recycling program that directly benefits the community as well as the environment. Schools, churches, and other non-profit organizations house green and yellow Paper Retriever bins for members of the community to fill with recyclable paper goods. This year, all proceeds from the collection of magazines, catalogs, paper and mail at the below collection sites will be donated to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

In 2010, the event brought in a record amount of recyclable materials, including over ninety-seven tons of electronics; this is a thirty-five percent increase in electronics collected at the 2009 event.

Residents are asked to remove all ornaments, lights, tree stands, plastic bags, nails and other decorations from Christmas trees before drop-off. No artificial trees will be accepted.

Recyclables will be accepted at the following locations. Follow signs within each park to the specific drop-off locations.

  • Broad Ripple Park, 1610 Broad Ripple Ave., south lot
  • Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair St., west of pool in main parking lot
  • Garfield Park, 2450 S. Shelby St., McAllister Center parking lot
  • Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road, north parking lot

To learn more about Mayor Ballard’s vision of making Indianapolis one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest, visit

Paper Retriever is a subsidiary program of AbitibiBowater. For more information, visit


Molly Deuberry
Director of Communications / Department of Public Works
Office of Mayor Greg Ballard – City of Indianapolis P: (317) 327-5893 C: (317) 677-6469

Snow removal updates from the City

Indy Snow Force officials will continue to monitor weather conditions and will make adjustments to the current winter weather plan as needed to ensure safe travel for motorists throughout the day.

Visit to hear a message from Mayor Greg Ballard regarding things we can all do to help ensure the safety of everyone in Indy during winter weather events.

Also, visit to learn more about Indy Snow Force and Mayor Greg Ballard’s commitment to keeping Indy’s streets and roads clear of snow and ice and keeping Indy residents safe. Residents can view safe driving tips as well as a Defensive Driving in Winter Weather video online to help ensure a safer commute.

Call the Indy Snow Force Coldline, the city’s hotline for up to date snow removal information at (317) 327-8000 for further updates or to report emergency snow or ice conditions.

Please contact me with further questions regarding Indy Snow Force and winter weather plans for city roads. For information regarding interstates and state roads, please contact Ashley Hungate with the INDOT at (317) 467-3479.


Steven R. Hardiman II
City-County Council Liaison and Executive Assistant / Department of Public Works
Office of Mayor Greg Ballard – City of Indianapolis P: (317) 327-2053 C: (317) 223-1065

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To be added to Catherine Moore’s updates directly, write to her at Catherine is the liaison between Rocky Ripple and the Mayor’s office.


Rocky Ripple Town Council Updates

Minutes are posted

Visit the Meeting Minutes & Budget page to read the latest minutes.

The next Town Council meeting takes place July 13, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.

Trash Collection Schedule Adjusted for Independence Day

The Indianapolis Department of Public Works would like to remind residents that there will be no residential trash, heavy trash, or curbside recycling service on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day.  All residential trash, heavy trash, and curbside recycling routes will run one day behind for the entire week, with Friday routes being serviced the following Saturday.

All services will return to normal schedules on Monday, July 12.

Residents can find information about their trash schedules at

Hearing again rescheduled

The trial of Rocky Ripple’s former clerk-treasurer is has been rescheduled.

Move Mulch at Fountain Park Saturday

Residents are invited to move mulch and create trails in Fountain Park Saturday June 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. So far, Butler staff, alums, and faculty have removed invasive weeds (a previous work day had been rained out). Rocky Ripple’s own Simple Man’s Tree Service donated time and labor to chip the honeysuckle that J.F. New and Associates cut down.

Turtle Time with Travis

Everyone is welcome for an afternoon turtle adventure. Travis Ryan, associate professor of Biological Sciences at Butler University, will share some information about local turtles. Following the presentation, everyone will head out to the White River and Central Canal to go turtle hunting. Common local species include, red-eared sliders, map turtles, and soft shell turtles.

Meet at the Town Hall Saturday June 19 at 3 p.m. The program ends at 5 p.m. Download the Turtle-Time flyer.

Dog keepers: Heartworm in Rocky Ripple

A resident on Lester Street has reported that one of her dogs died of heartworm this week and she has another dog who has tested positive and is undergoing treatment.  She does not know if he’ll make it.  Be aware that heartworm is in this neighborhood. Consider getting your dog(s) tested and follow your veterinarian’s instructions. It may expensive, but the alternative is to watch your pet die a slow and agonizing death, according to the resident.

Find out more about heartworm.

Owl Night with CUE

Join Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology staff at 7:45 p.m. April 9 at the Rocky Ripple Town Hall to learn about owls found in and around Rocky Ripple.
Species we’ll likely encounter:
-Eastern screech owl (two color morphs, very distinct call too!)
-Barred owl (‘who cooks for you’ call)
We might encounter:
-Great Horned Owl (typical long hoot call)
If we’re lucky:
-Northern Saw Whet Owls ( so very tiny!)
To learn more about owls before April 9, visit: