Recognized as the 2018 Accelerating Indiana Municipalities (AIM) Green Community of the Year for population of 50,000 to 99,000 and an AIM Green Community for the past 11 years, Fishers is continuing to raise the bar on its sustainable efforts. From Keep Fishers Beautiful and City Recycling Day, to new ways to reduce your environmental footprint at the Fishers Farmers’ Market and stormwater initiatives, there are plenty of ways to help the environment and go green in Fishers.
Keep Fishers Beautiful
Keep Fishers Beautiful (KFB), the city’s largest annual day of service, brings together residents, homeowner’s associations, local businesses, and organizations to support the vibrancy of the city and neighborhoods. Check out these ways residents of all ages can help Keep Fishers Beautiful:
• Spring Service Day at Ritchey Woods: The annual Spring Service Day at Ritchey Woods helps protect the park’s native wildflowers from invasive plant species. Come ready to dig in at this rain or shine event.
• Group Volunteer Projects: Local businesses, organizations, and civic groups can join together to help beautify Fishers parks and greenspaces by mulching, picking up litter, and more.
• Neighborhood Blitz Boxes: Fishers neighborhoods are invited to beautify their common spaces and facades through the Blitz Box program, which includes a small supply of gloves, garbage bags, and the use of a 30-yard dumpster. Applications are accepted year-round.
City Recycling Day
Saturday, April 13 | 8 AM - 1 PM | Billericay Park
In partnership with Technology Recyclers, Shares Inc., NuGenesis, and the city’s Stormwater Division, residents can bring their old and unwanted electronics, household items, and hazardous waste to Billericay Park to be recycled. Paper recycling and off-site confidential document shredding is also available.
At last spring’s event, nearly 1,500 residents dropped off 206,900 pounds (or 103 tons) of recyclable waste, including:
- 169,423 pounds of metal, including mowers, bikes, grills, and other miscellaneous items
- 15,073 pounds of cardboard and paper • 991 TVs and CRTs
Sustainability in our Parks
To increase water quality and reduce chemical usage, Fishers Department of Public Works (DPW) created self-sustaining, eco-friendly ponds at Cyntheanne Park and the Nickel Plate District AMP that include underwater aeration systems, fisheries, and aquatic shoreline plantings. These elements supply better quality water to sports fields and turf, producing deeper, healthier root systems and thicker, more lush turf quality.
Splash pads at Holland Park and Billericay Park and the fountain at the Pavilion at the Nickel Plate District AMP are eco-friendly, as well, utilizing a water recycling system that saves the city and environment approximately 100,000 gallons of water a day.
For general recycling information, please contact the Hamilton County Household Hazardous Waste Center at 317-776-4005 or visit their website for more information.
Stormwater Management & Rain Barrel Program
Rainwater that falls on streets, parking lots, rooftops, and lawns often becomes polluted by automotive fluids, household chemicals, eroded soils, and lawn fertilizers before it enters the city's storm sewer system through inlets. The Stormwater Management program helps educate the community about stormwater quality, clean up areas around streams and rivers, and to identify sources of pollution.
The Fishers Trail and Greenway System allows residents to enjoy nature, stay fit, and protect the environment. When complete, it will serve as a pedestrian / bicyclist oriented network of trails that link parks, neighborhoods, schools, the Municipal Complex, businesses, and other points of interest in the community. More than 131 miles are currently available for use.