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TRICK OR TREAT

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Trick or treat hours for the City of Goshen will be Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Trick or treat Main Street, an event organized by the Chamber of Commerce, will be Thursday, Oct. 31, from noon to 5 p.m., in downtown Goshen. more

RAILROAD CROSSING CLOSURE: KERCHER ROAD

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Norfolk Southern Railroad will close the Railroad crossing on Kercher Road between CR 31 & CR 33, due to a broken rail. They will close it around 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 and expect it to be reopened later that evening, unless delayed by the weather. more

OCTOBER COMMUNITY CONVERSATION FOCUSES ON LEADERSHIP

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The second community conversation hosted by the Community Relations Commission and Goshen Community Schools will take place Thursday, October 24 at Schrock Pavilion in Shanklin Park, 411 W. Plymouth Ave. The conversation is titled How Goshen Grows: Balancing Power and Raising up Leaders. This... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 4:00pm

City Council meeting - Budget 2nd reading

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 7:00pm

Rescheduled due to Fall Break

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, October 28, 2019, 2:00pm

Household Hazardous Waste

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste" (HHW). HHW includes products such as oil-based paints, cleaners, oils, Ni-Cad/Lithium batteries, unused or expired medications, pesticides, or other items that contain potentially hazardous ingredients. These products are safe to use when you follow the manufacturer's instructions, but they require special handling when you are ready to dispose of them. If disposed of improperly, these wastes can pollute the environment and they can pose a threat to human health. HHW should not be poured down the drain, on the ground, or into storm sewers. For general trash collection questions click here.

What to Do With Household Hazardous Wastes

Any household hazardous waste should be saved and brought to one of the monthly Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Days sponsored by the Elkhart County Landfill and Solid Waste Management District (SWMD).  All Elkhart County residents are welcomed to drop off HHW generated from their homes at HHW Drop-Off Days, which are held on the first Saturday of every month from 8 am to 3 pm at the Elkhart County Correctional Facility on County Road 7 just north of County Road 26. For more information about HHW Drop-Off Days please call the Solid Waste Management District at 574-522-2581 or visit their website

Additional disposal information can be found at earth911.com.

For general trash collection questions click here or visit the Borden Waste-Away website or call them at 574-293-5001. Please note that Borden Waste-Away will pick up one (1) large item per house per week. This includes large household items like furniture, stoves, washers/dryers, etc. but does not include e-waste, items with Freon, car parts, construction debris, tires, etc. If you would like to schedule a pick-up of one of these items please call Borden Waste-Away to see what options are available (e.g. special pick-up or have a dumpster dropped off) but know these services have to be paid for by the property owner. If in question call Borden Waste-Away and they will be more than happy to help you.

Items accepted at the monthly HHW Drop-Off Days:

  • Antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline, kerosene, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, and used motor oil
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's)
  • Floor care products, furniture polish, and metal polish
  • Fungicide, insecticide, weed killer, rat/mouse poison
  • Glue, mineral spirits, oil-based paint, aerosol paints, paint thinner, paint stripper, rust remover, varnish, and wood preservative
  • Household cleaners, gun cleaning solvent, mothballs, lighter fluid, and swimming pool chemicals
  • Mercury
  • Nail polish and polish remover
  • Oil-based paints
  • Rechargeable batteries, recycable lithium batteries, car batteries (the SWMD will take car batteries but these may also be sold to a local scrap dealer)
  • Unused or expired medications (you may also drop off any sharps but they must be in a puncture-proof container)
    • Medications may also be dropped off at the City of Goshen Police Station lobby 365 days a year. Medications can be left in the original bottles but all personal information should be removed.  
    • Please DO NOT dispose of medications in any form down the drain as it can lead to negative environmental impacts like feminization of fish, drug traces in our drinking water, the disruption of the ecosystem, and soil contamination. Your first choice should be to dispose of medications at a drop-off area or during a Take-Back Event. If you must dispose of medications in the trash, follow the steps explained here.
    • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is held every year in April and October and it "aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications."
    • For more information on how to dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired drugs click here to visit the Indiana Government's Recycle Indiana webpage or here to visit the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Control Division.

Items NOT accepted at the monthly HHW Drop-Off Days:

  • Alkaline Batteries:
    • Alkaline batteries can be disposed of in the trash. If you would prefer to recycle them earth911.com has some great information and battery recycling options.
  • Electronic Waste (click on the links below for more information):
  • Latex Paint:
    • Absorb paint with shredded newspaper, kitty litter, sand, sawdust, or another absorbent, and dispose of in your trash. Aerosol cans can be emptied of their contents and disposed of in the trash. Oil-based paint may be taken to any HHW Drop-Off Day.
  • Mattresses
    • If your mattress is worn out and you are thinking about getting a new one make sure you also think through disposal options, which include throwing it in the trash, recycling, donating, and creative reuse. Check out these two great articles on disposal options. 
  • Microwaves:
  • Refrigerators & Freezers:
    • OmniSource or call 574-534-3435
    • Goshen residents may place one large item per week, per house with their regular weekly trash for removal. (This does not include electronics, old tube-type televisions or any cooling appliances containing Freon.)  
  • Styrofoam:
    • Quarterly drop-off available at Recycling Works for City Residents located at 605 Mason Street in Elkhart
      Dates: March 25th, 2019
      June 27th, 2019
      Sept. 26th, 2019
      Dec. 19th, 2019
  • Tires:
    • Return to a store that sells tires.

For general trash collection questions click here.