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The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County is a government agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life by providing services and educational programs which help residents reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Porter County's Compost Sites are now OPEN for regular season hours: Compost and Mulch can be loaded at the Valparaiso c...
06/04/2020

Porter County's Compost Sites are now OPEN for regular season hours: Compost and Mulch can be loaded at the Valparaiso compost site only from 9am to 2pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. (Compost is $10 a yard and Mulch is loaded for free.)

Valparaiso Compost Site Hours:
(2150 W. Lincolnway -- Hwy. 130 – 1 mile west of intersection with Joliet)
Open Mon through Sat:
8am to 5pm

Boone Grove Compost Site Hours:
( 546 South 400 West -- Hwy. 8 to 400 West, head north to 550 South)
Open Mon through Fri:
Noon to 5pm
Sat: 9am to 4pm

Portage Compost Site Hours (6451 U.S. Highway 12):
Open Mon through Fri:
8am to 4pm
Sat: 8am to 2pm

Please note: Rakes and shovels will not be available to the general public. Please exercise caution and continue to observe all social distancing guidelines.

Visit the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District Website for further information: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/compost-sites/

Wondering where to recycle or donate those miscellaneous odds and ends? The Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction ...
06/04/2020
Recycling Directory

Wondering where to recycle or donate those miscellaneous odds and ends? The Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District website maintains a handy alphabetized directory of organizations that can accept any number of materials, items, and substances. Many of these sites offer interesting opportunities to reuse items as well; https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/recycling-directory/

If you have products and materials other than what is listed on our website and you’d like to find a place where they can be reused, recycled or even disposed of properly, this directory of resources may provide some answers.

If you've signed up for our newsletter, be sure to "whitelist" us by adding info@portercountyrecycling.org to your conta...
06/04/2020
Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction : Sign Up to Stay in Touch

If you've signed up for our newsletter, be sure to "whitelist" us by adding [email protected] to your contact list. That way you'll never miss an update about everything the Recycling and Waste Reduction District has to offer!

Don't miss information on recycling services or programs! Sign up to get interesting news and updates delivered to your inbox.

Visit our website for a handy guide to drop-off recycling facilities throughout Porter County asa well as what materials...
06/03/2020
Drop-Off Recycling - Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction

Visit our website for a handy guide to drop-off recycling facilities throughout Porter County asa well as what materials can and can't be placed within them. Please be aware that dumping non-recyclable materials or leaving materials outside of the receptacles is prohibited. And remember.... when in doubt, throw it out! https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/drop-off-recycling/

In 2018, we spent nearly $124,806 sponsoring these six sites that are open to all Porter County residents and businesses:

Prescription medications can be disposed of at our Household Hazardous Waste Collection days... but there's no need to w...
06/03/2020

Prescription medications can be disposed of at our Household Hazardous Waste Collection days... but there's no need to wait. Many businesses and police stations can accept prescription medications. (Leaving labels on the bottle will aid authorities in making sure substances are disposed of properly. Be sure to cross out personal information on the bottles with a black permanent marker.) No sharp objects (needles, syringes) or liquids please! Some of the businesses may not accept controlled substances, so it's always best to call first.

Participating organizations include:

Valparaiso Police Department,
355 S. Washington St.

Portage Police Department,
6260 Central Ave.

Hebron Police Department,
611 N. Main St. (only available Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Porter Police Department,
50 Francis St.

Chesterton Police Department,
790 Broadway

Walgreens:
6001 Central Avenue, Portage; 1903 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso

Visit https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/prescription-medications/ for a longer list of organizations near you.

Don't forget to sign up for the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District's Newsletter. Get important updates...
06/03/2020
Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction : Sign Up to Stay in Touch

Don't forget to sign up for the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District's Newsletter. Get important updates on events and programs delivered straight to your inbox. https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001XIhO0M9ckR6CFzlCsMe7PpsgDaUVI-KP1O6eHwhAo2I_X6S-O3qeHDGxCVWPR_3VkDOxYqYHpUX8t_ePkPhqVGkwYs7z8jRYft3NKgKTyYE%3D

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Our upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection events no longer accept latex paint, so you'll need to look at a coupl...
06/03/2020
Latex Paint - Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction

Our upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection events no longer accept latex paint, so you'll need to look at a couple of different options for proper disposal:
1. Recycle cans of *usable* paint at the Hobart paint recycling facility: https://www.cityofhobart.org/index.aspx?NID=196
2. Dispose of the paint in the trash when it is dried completely solid. Be sure to leave the lid off so that your waste hauler can see that the contents are completely dry. The drying process can be sped up by adding kitty litter or commercial M1 hardening agents to the remaining paint in the can. Learn more here: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/latex-paint/

REMINDER: Porter County's Compost Sites are now OPEN for regular season hours: Compost and Mulch can be loaded at the Va...
06/02/2020
Compost Sites - Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction

REMINDER: Porter County's Compost Sites are now OPEN for regular season hours: Compost and Mulch can be loaded at the Valparaiso compost site only from 9am to 2pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. (Compost is $10 a yard and Mulch is loaded for free.)

Valparaiso Compost Site Hours:
(2150 W. Lincolnway -- Hwy. 130 – 1 mile west of intersection with Joliet)
Open Mon through Sat:
8am to 5pm

Boone Grove Compost Site Hours:
( 546 South 400 West -- Hwy. 8 to 400 West, head north to 550 South)
Open Mon through Fri:
Noon to 5pm
Sat: 9am to 4pm

Portage Compost Site Hours (6451 U.S. Highway 12):
Open Mon through Fri:
8am to 4pm
Sat: 8am to 2pm

Please note: Rakes and shovels will not be available to the general public. Please exercise caution and continue to observe all social distancing guidelines.

Visit the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District Website for further information: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/compost-sites/

In 2018, compost site visits totaled 24,949. Operating costs totaled $198,247 and includes staff and also material management of non-public sites: Chesterton, Portage (non-public in 2018) & Town of Pines.

We're hosting our first Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, June 27th from 9am to 2pm CDT at the Porte...
06/02/2020

We're hosting our first Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, June 27th from 9am to 2pm CDT at the Porter County Expo Center located at 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Household Hazardous Waste or “HHW” are unwanted products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients that require special care upon disposal. The District sponsors collection days throughout the year that allow Porter County residents to safely dispose of these materials.

Acceptable materials include household cleaners, pesticides, kerosene, gasoline, oil-based paints, antifreeze, solvents and much more. *Please Note: Tires and electronics will NOT be accepted at this Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Latex paint will also NOT be accepted.* A longer list of accepted items can be found at www.portercountyrecycling.org or ask about your item in the comments below and we will let you know if it can be accepted at our HHW events!

(Residents are advised to use caution and continue to observe all social distancing guidelines.)

Need to get rid of a propane tank? Regular sized propane tanks for use in items like barbecue grills can be traded in at...
06/01/2020

Need to get rid of a propane tank? Regular sized propane tanks for use in items like barbecue grills can be traded in at a propane exchange in stores like Menards, Home Depot, Walgreens, or Wal-Mart. (If you don't wish to receive a full tank in exchange, your empty tank can be taken to Amerigas Propane at 804 Morthland Dr, in Valparaiso) Portable mini propane cylinders used for camping can be brought to our Household Hazardous Waste Collection events throughout the year. Please stay tuned for announcements about the scheduling of 2020's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days!

It's been one year since the opening of the Portage Compost Site at 6451 U.S. Highway 12. There's never been a better ti...
06/01/2020
Portage Compost Site

It's been one year since the opening of the Portage Compost Site at 6451 U.S. Highway 12. There's never been a better time to drop off yard waste and pick up some of our specially blended "black gold" compost or wood chip mulch for gardening. Owned by the City of Portage with operational assistance by the Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction.

Open Mon through Fri: https://goo.gl/maps/w7WSRGjrq4EzP4gt5
8am to 4pm
Sat: 8am to 2pm

Click here to learn more about the compost sites throughout Porter County: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/compost-sites/

★★★★★ · Recycling center · 6451 US-12

Don't Forget! Portage now has its own compost site at 6451 U.S. Highway 12. Drop off yard waste and pick up some of our ...
05/29/2020
Portage Compost Site

Don't Forget! Portage now has its own compost site at 6451 U.S. Highway 12. Drop off yard waste and pick up some of our specially blended "black gold" compost or wood chip mulch for gardening. Owned by the City of Portage with operational assistance by the Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction. Open Mon through Fri: https://goo.gl/maps/w7WSRGjrq4EzP4gt5
8am to 4pm
Sat: 9am to 2pm

★★★★★ · Recycling center · 6451 US-12

We’d like to remind residents to please avoid dumping items outside of our receptacles at the drop-off recycling sites. ...
05/29/2020

We’d like to remind residents to please avoid dumping items outside of our receptacles at the drop-off recycling sites. Proper recycling is more important now than ever, and improperly dumped items impose a tremendous burden on our hardworking staff. We need everyone to work together to help keep the recycling process running smoothly. Non-recyclable items or items that cannot fit in the receptacles cannot under any circumstances be left at our drop-off sites. Please visit: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/drop-off-recycling/ for a list of items that can and cannot be recycled.

Porter County's compost sites are now open! That means electronics recycling is also available at the Valparaiso and Boo...
05/29/2020
Electronics - Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction

Porter County's compost sites are now open! That means electronics recycling is also available at the Valparaiso and Boone Grove Sites along with the Portage Street Department at 2302 Hamstrom Road (call for hours and accessibility, 762-4564). Electronics can include anything with a cord or batteries. Visit https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/electronics/ for a comprehensive list of the electronics accepted at the Porter County Compost site or post your questions below and we will let you know where an item can be recycled!

In 2018, Porter County residents recycled 589,541 lbs of electronics through our program, which we sponsored for $85,837.

Porter County's Compost Sites are now OPEN for regular season hours: Compost and Mulch can be loaded at the Valparaiso c...
05/28/2020
Compost Sites - Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction

Porter County's Compost Sites are now OPEN for regular season hours: Compost and Mulch can be loaded at the Valparaiso compost site only from 9am to 2pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. (Compost is $10 a yard and Mulch is loaded for free.)

Valparaiso Compost Site Hours:
(2150 W. Lincolnway -- Hwy. 130 – 1 mile west of intersection with Joliet)
Open Mon through Sat:
8am to 5pm

Boone Grove Compost Site Hours:
( 546 South 400 West -- Hwy. 8 to 400 West, head north to 550 South)
Open Mon through Fri:
Noon to 5pm
Sat: 9am to 4pm

Portage Compost Site Hours (6451 U.S. Highway 12):
Open Mon through Fri:
8am to 4pm
Sat: 9am to 2pm

Please note: Rakes and shovels will not be available to the general public. Please exercise caution and continue to observe all social distancing guidelines.

Visit the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District Website for further information: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/compost-sites/

In 2018, compost site visits totaled 24,949. Operating costs totaled $198,247 and includes staff and also material management of non-public sites: Chesterton, Portage (non-public in 2018) & Town of Pines.

Don't Forget! Portage now has its own compost site at 6451 U.S. Highway 12. Drop off yard waste and pick up some of our ...
05/28/2020
Portage Compost Site

Don't Forget! Portage now has its own compost site at 6451 U.S. Highway 12. Drop off yard waste and pick up some of our specially blended "black gold" compost or wood chip mulch for gardening. Owned by the City of Portage with operational assistance by the Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction. Open Mon through Fri: https://goo.gl/maps/w7WSRGjrq4EzP4gt5
8am to 4pm
Sat: 9am to 2pm

★★★★★ · Recycling center · 6451 US-12

We’d like to remind residents to please avoid dumping items outside of our receptacles at the drop-off recycling sites. ...
05/28/2020

We’d like to remind residents to please avoid dumping items outside of our receptacles at the drop-off recycling sites. Proper recycling is more important now than ever, and improperly dumped items impose a tremendous burden on our hardworking staff. We need everyone to work together to help keep the recycling process running smoothly. Non-recyclable items or items that cannot fit in the receptacles cannot under any circumstances be left at our drop-off sites. Please visit: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/drop-off-recycling/ for a list of items that can and cannot be recycled.

Smoke detectors have long posed a challenge for disposal, because many use small amounts of radioactive material, americ...
05/27/2020

Smoke detectors have long posed a challenge for disposal, because many use small amounts of radioactive material, americium-241, to detect smoke. Though top environmental and industry experts indicate that it is safe to dispose of smoke detectors in residential trash, we partner with a number of fire and EMS departments to offer our residents the opportunity to recycle unwanted detectors. Smoke detectors are accepted at our Boone Grove or Valparaiso compost sites. For a complete list of organizations that will accept smoke detectors throughout Porter County, visit: www.portercountyrecycling.org/smoke-detectors

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Admin. Office: Porter County Government Center, 155 Indiana Ave. Ste. 314
Valparaiso, IN
46383

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Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

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(219) 465-3694

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Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction is a government agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life by providing services and educational programs which help residents reduce, reuse, and recycle.

We provide FREE voluntary recycling and waste reduction opportunities such as: electronics recycling, household hazardous waste collection events, fluorescent bulb recycling, drop off recycling sites, event recycling containers, yard waste drop offs and much more. We also provide recycling and waste reduction education for children in the local schools and for adults.

Want to learn what you can do to reduce waste and help the environment? Visit our website, www.PorterCountyRecycling.org.

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Comments

We have a lot of cardboard to recycle, any place we can take it in Valparaiso?
Why doesn't Recycle Porter County offer solutions for proper disposal of vhs, cassette or magnetic tape devices? LaPorte County does and only allows LaPorte County Residences to use their services.
Do you have applications for Earth Day Celebration?
I'm moving from my home and have numerous yard/car chemicals I don't need or want. Is there a drop off in Porter County outside of the "events?"
I am looking to recycle/re-purpose old trophies. Any suggestions on where I might take them?
Where can we take oil base paint & stains?
I have a bunch of scrap wood from projects - can they be put in the recycle?
I have wood scraps I want to get rid of - can I put them in the recycle?
What kind of glass is recyclable in Porter County? We have dark bottles from a certain brand of pop.
What should I do with old cooking food thermometers that don't work anymore. There isn't mercury in them as in the weather or medical ones, are there?
Can I recycle or is there a place that can reuse a piece of unbroken clear shower glass? Aprox size 32”x42”