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Happy Thanksgiving! Our compost sites have new hours over the holiday weekend and can be reviewed below. We hope you hav...
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! Our compost sites have new hours over the holiday weekend and can be reviewed below. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, from everyone at Porter County Recycling.

Another Trash 2 Treasure Reuse winner! From Chesterton High School, Jessie Bouche upcycled a telephone into a moss garde...
11/24/2020

Another Trash 2 Treasure Reuse winner! From Chesterton High School, Jessie Bouche upcycled a telephone into a moss garden. Finding ways to reuse and repurpose old items helps decrease the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill. That's why everyday people around the world celebrate sustainable approaches to living during America Recycles Week. Congratulations Jessie!

Porter County’s Compost Sites are observing special hours for Thanksgiving weekend. The Valparaiso Compost Site will be ...
11/24/2020
Compost Sites - Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction

Porter County’s Compost Sites are observing special hours for Thanksgiving weekend. The Valparaiso Compost Site will be CLOSED only Thursday, Nov. 26th (Thanksgiving Day). The Boone Grove and Portage Compost Sites will be closed on Thursday Nov. 26th (Thanksgiving Day), Friday Nov. 27th, and Saturday Nov. 28th.

All Porter County Compost Sites resume regular winter hours on Monday, Nov. 30th.

Valparaiso Compost Site Hours (2150 W Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46385):
Monday through Saturday: 8am—4pm.

Portage Compost Site Hours (6451 US-12, Portage, IN 46368):
Monday through Friday: 8am—4pm, Saturdays: 8am—2pm until Dec. 5, 2020.

Boone Grove Compost Site (546 S 400 W, Valparaiso, IN 46385):
Monday through Friday: Noon—4pm, Saturdays: 9am—4pm until Dec. 5, 2020.

The Portage and Boone Grove Compost Sites are open through Saturday Dec. 5th, at which point they will close for the season. The Valparaiso site is open year-round for drop off recycling.

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.

Did you know you can recycle yogurt containers? Big or small, glass or plastic, they can be tossed in your curbside recy...
11/21/2020

Did you know you can recycle yogurt containers? Big or small, glass or plastic, they can be tossed in your curbside recycling or at our drop-off locations. Just make sure that the container is clean by rinsing out the remainder contents and if the yogurt container has a lid, leave the cap on so it can be properly processed. Thanks for recycling right!

Congratulations Hebron Middle School Art Club for being one of the Trash 2 Treasure Reuse winners! As part of America Re...
11/19/2020

Congratulations Hebron Middle School Art Club for being one of the Trash 2 Treasure Reuse winners! As part of America Recycles Week, Porter County students in 6th through 12th grade were tasked to make something new out of old items. Hebron Middle School Art Club created an American flag made from bottle caps and various plastic containers and medical supplies.

We are accepting plastic bags at the Valparaiso compost site! Because many stores in Porter County have paused recycling...
11/17/2020

We are accepting plastic bags at the Valparaiso compost site! Because many stores in Porter County have paused recycling plastic bags due to the coronavirus epidemic, we've made a drop-off site available to you. Take your shopping bags to our Valparaiso composite site on 2150 W. Lincolnway and keep on recycling!

11/16/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

The next Recycling and Waste Reduction District Board Meeting will take place on November 17th at 1:30 pm online via zoom. The public is welcome to attend via the link below:

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Turn your leaves into mulch! Using fallen leaves as mulch is an inexpensive and renewable way to keep your perennials wa...
11/14/2020
Leaf Mulch Info – Learn About Mulching With Leaves

Turn your leaves into mulch! Using fallen leaves as mulch is an inexpensive and renewable way to keep your perennials warm through the winter. Learn more about mulching with leaves and the benefits it has on your garden:

Many gardeners view the piles of dropped autumn leaves as a nuisance but should actually be looked upon as a boon. Leaf litter mulch in gardens has many attributes. Read here for some interesting leaf mulch information.

11/12/2020
End of Season Composting

HOW OUR COMPOST SITES WORK: We harvest about 7,000 cubic yards of compost just at the Valparaiso compost site. Your leaves, branches, sticks and plants are collected over the year to be turned into compost for the gardening season. Watch how we transform your organic waste into something you can use!

Where to take your leaves? If you want your yard spotless but don't know where to put your leaves, sticks, pumpkins and ...
11/11/2020

Where to take your leaves? If you want your yard spotless but don't know where to put your leaves, sticks, pumpkins and plants, bring it to our compost sites! Although some cities pick up leaves and sticks on the side of the road, others do not. Check with your local waste hauler to see if you should leave them on the side or take your clean leaves to our compost sites!

Did you know… Composting diverted 15,000 pounds of waste from the landfill within a five year span. Depending on your li...
11/06/2020

Did you know… Composting diverted 15,000 pounds of waste from the landfill within a five year span. Depending on your living space, there are many options for composting. For a small apartment, vermicomposting may be a solution, which uses earthworms to convert organic materials into a product for soil management and crop production. If you have a backyard, in-situ, or in place composting, could be used by burying organic material directly into garden soil. Find a composting technique you like best to keep waste out of the landfill!

Often the best materials for making something new come from objects that already had some former use.Help us mark the on...
11/04/2020

Often the best materials for making something new come from objects that already had some former use.

Help us mark the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling:
America Recycles Day!

Send us a picture of your students’ reused and upcycled art and craft projects.

Projects can consist of anything that incorporates reused materials: flower pots, birdhouses, bird feeders, sculptures, collages, mixed media projects, dioramas, the only limit is your imagination!

3 winning projects will be displayed on billboards throughout Porter County during America Recycles Week beginning November 15th!

Entries must be received by noon on
November 12th.

1. Have your students create something new that makes use of items or objects that ordinarily would be thrown in the trash or recycling bin.

2. Send an image of your students’ projects along with the completed entry form to [email protected]

• Your student & school’s name prominently placed for thousands
of passersby to see!
• Easy to enter; no entry fees!
Contest is open to students in both public and private Middle and High Schools
(6th-12th grades) in Porter County.

For more information call 219-465-3819 or email [email protected]

Ever wondered what you should do with all those pumpkins and gourds left over after Halloween? Don't throw them out! Bri...
11/03/2020

Ever wondered what you should do with all those pumpkins and gourds left over after Halloween? Don't throw them out! Bring them to one of the Recycling and Waste Reduction District’s conveniently located compost sites, now open for winter hours.

The Valparaiso Compost Site (2150 West Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN) is open from 8am to 4pm Monday through Saturday. The Boone Grove Compost Site (546 S 400 W, Valparaiso, IN 46385) is open Noon to 4pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays. The Portage Compost Site (6451 US-12, Portage, IN 46368) is open Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm and Saturdays 8am to 2pm.

Today marks the start of Winter Hours at Porter County's Compost Sites! (And don't forget... you can now bring clean and...
11/02/2020
Compost Sites - Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction

Today marks the start of Winter Hours at Porter County's Compost Sites! (And don't forget... you can now bring clean and dry plastic bags to the Valparaiso Compost Site.)

The Valparaiso Compost Site (2150 West Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN) will be open from 8am to 4pm Monday through Saturday through December 31st. The Boone Grove Compost Site (546 S 400 W, Valparaiso, IN 46385) will be open Noon to 4pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays through December 5th.
The hours for the Portage Compost Site (6451 US-12, Portage, IN 46368) will remain unchanged: Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm and Saturdays 8am to 2pm through December 5th.
The Boone Grove and Portage compost sites will close after Dec. 5 until the regular season begins in March.
For more information about Porter County's Compost sites visit: 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 hope you have a safe and spook-filled Halloween, from everyone at Porter County Recycling.
10/31/2020

We hope you have a safe and spook-filled Halloween, from everyone at Porter County Recycling.

It's almost time to "fall back" for the end of Daylight Savings Time, and Porter County's Compost sites will be observin...
10/30/2020

It's almost time to "fall back" for the end of Daylight Savings Time, and Porter County's Compost sites will be observing amended winter hours beginning Monday November 2nd.

The Valparaiso Compost Site (2150 West Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN) will be open from 8am to 4pm Monday through Saturday through December 31st. The Boone Grove Compost Site (546 S 400 W, Valparaiso, IN 46385) will be open Noon to 4pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays through December 5th.

The hours for the Portage Compost Site (6451 US-12, Portage, IN 46368) will remain unchanged: Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm and Saturdays 8am to 2pm through December 5th.

The Boone Grove and Portage compost sites will close after Dec. 5 until the regular season begins in March.

For more information about Porter County's Compost sites visit: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/compost-sites/

Did you know? More than 600 million pounds of candy are purchased each year for Halloween just in the United States alon...
10/29/2020
Trick or Trash 2020 | Rubicon & National Wildlife Federation

Did you know? More than 600 million pounds of candy are purchased each year for Halloween just in the United States alone. Because candy wrappers are unable to be recycled curbside, many of them end up in landfills, or even worse, in our oceans. Rubicon created a Trick or Trash recycling box for schools and small business to help reduce waste. Learn more about what this company is doing to make Halloween sweet and sustainable: https://www.rubicon.com/trick-or-trash/

Help keep candy wrappers out of landfills this Halloween. Collect your community’s wrappers using a special Rubicon-provided box and we’ll take care of the rest!

10/28/2020

Wormy Wednesday! Since the coronavirus has prevented our staff educator to present in-person at schools, programs and events, we created a series of videos to help children learn more about the environment. In this video, Allison talks about how important worms are as master recyclers in nature. Take a look!

6th to 12th Grade Teachers: Enter Your Students' Craft Projects into the America Recycles Day Trash 2 Treasure Contest!O...
10/27/2020

6th to 12th Grade Teachers: Enter Your Students' Craft Projects into the America Recycles Day Trash 2 Treasure Contest!

Often the best materials for making something new come from objects that already had some former use. Help us mark the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling: America Recycles Day! Send us a picture of your students’ reused and upcycled art and craft projects. Projects can consist of anything that incorporates reused materials: flower pots, birdhouses, bird feeders, sculptures, collages, mixed media projects, dioramas, the only limit is your imagination! 3 winning projects will be displayed on billboards throughout Porter County during America Recycles Week beginning November 15th! Entries must be received by noon on November 12th.

1. Have your students create something new that makes use of items or objects that ordinarily would be thrown in the trash or recycling bin

2. Send an image of your students’ projects along with the completed entry form to [email protected]

Your student & school’s name prominently placed for thousands of passersby to see!

Easy to enter; no entry fees!

Visit www.PorterCountyRecycling.org for more information or email [email protected] for an entry form.
Contest is open to students in both public and private Middle and High Schools (6th-12th grades) in Porter County.

Did you know… The state of Indiana passed legislation that prohibited electronics to be disposed in the landfill or burn...
10/23/2020

Did you know… The state of Indiana passed legislation that prohibited electronics to be disposed in the landfill or burned. That's because electronics contain heavy metals, including lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium that can be harmful to the environment. When we recycle electronics, the steel, glass, plastic and precious metals can be reclaimed for the manufacturing of new products. Find a location near you to properly recycle your used, discarded electronics: https://portercountyrecycling.org/electronics/

Planning for a Halloween party? Skip the Solo cups and opt for reusable dishware! These disposable plastic cups takes hu...
10/22/2020

Planning for a Halloween party? Skip the Solo cups and opt for reusable dishware! These disposable plastic cups takes hundreds of years to break down in a landfill since they are not recyclable. Choosing to use glasses you already have during your party will help reduce our waste in the environment.

What's wrong with this picture? Unfortunately quite a lot. The items you see stuffed in this drop-off recycling receptac...
10/20/2020

What's wrong with this picture? Unfortunately quite a lot. The items you see stuffed in this drop-off recycling receptacle are NOT recyclable and this kind of unauthorized dumping is still far too common. Dumping imposes a tremendous burden on our hardworking staff and drains time and resources that could be better utilized serving the waste reduction needs of Porter County residents. Please be aware that dumping of any nonrecyclable material, or leaving material outside the bins, is strictly prohibited and unlawful. Contamination like this can threaten the very future of recycling in Porter County if each of us doesn't take a lead role in recycling properly. For a full list of items that are acceptable at our drop-off recycling sites, visit https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/drop-off-recycling/

Decorating for Halloween? Reuse your toilet paper rolls to create spooky Chia pets! Watch your ghost, bat or pumpkin com...
10/14/2020

Decorating for Halloween? Reuse your toilet paper rolls to create spooky Chia pets! Watch your ghost, bat or pumpkin come to life by adding some dirt and a plant. Share your upcycled holiday decorations with us!

There are still spots open for our virtual Fall 2020 Master Recycler's Class Thursdays at 6:30pm beginning October 15th ...
10/14/2020

There are still spots open for our virtual Fall 2020 Master Recycler's Class Thursdays at 6:30pm beginning October 15th through November 12th.
Ever wanted to learn more about recycling and how you can promote environmental stewardship in your community? Sign up for this fall's virtual Master Recycler Course sponsored by the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County.
The Master Recycler Course is open to individuals who live or work in Porter County and features guest speakers that will help students gain a deeper understanding of environmental issues beyond their curbside bin.
Topics include:
Waste prevention
Recycling processes
Household hazardous waste and alternatives
Vermicomposting and home composting
And more!
Due to Covid-19, this year's course will be conducted entirely online through Zoom
Class size is limited to 30 participants and costs $30. Applicants that apply after the class is full will be placed on a waiting list and notified when the next course is scheduled. Once training is completed, students commit to 30 hours of volunteer time to inspire others in their community to reduce waste at home and at work.
Sign up today at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehbvy6y03800e212&oseq=&c=&ch=
For more information contact [email protected].

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There are still spots open for our virtual Fall 2020 Master Recycler's Class Thursdays at 6:30pm beginning October 15th ...
10/08/2020

There are still spots open for our virtual Fall 2020 Master Recycler's Class Thursdays at 6:30pm beginning October 15th through November 12th.

Ever wanted to learn more about recycling and how you can promote environmental stewardship in your community? Sign up for this fall's virtual Master Recycler Course sponsored by the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County.

The Master Recycler Course is open to individuals who live or work in Porter County and features guest speakers that will help students gain a deeper understanding of environmental issues beyond their curbside bin.

Topics include:
Waste prevention
Recycling processes
Household hazardous waste and alternatives
Vermicomposting and home composting
And more!

Due to Covid-19, this year's course will be conducted entirely online through Zoom

Class size is limited to 30 participants and costs $30. Applicants that apply after the class is full will be placed on a waiting list and notified when the next course is scheduled. Once training is completed, students commit to 30 hours of volunteer time to inspire others in their community to reduce waste at home and at work.

Sign up today at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehbvy6y03800e212&oseq=&c=&ch=

For more information contact [email protected].

Recycle oil-based paint! Bring your left over oil-based paint buckets to our Household Hazardous Waste collection this S...
10/08/2020

Recycle oil-based paint! Bring your left over oil-based paint buckets to our Household Hazardous Waste collection this Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at the Porter County Expo Center. Unfortunately, we will not accept latex paint but usable latex paint can be donated to the City of Hobart or thrown in your trash. Learn how to properly dispose of latex paint: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/latex-paint/

What do you do with your leaves? Take them to one of our compost sites or leave them in your yard. Either way, you're he...
10/06/2020

What do you do with your leaves? Take them to one of our compost sites or leave them in your yard. Either way, you're helping reduce the amount of discarded items, in turn increasing the landfill's limited space. Leaving your leaves in your yard can help fertilize your soil for next year. If you want a clean lawn, drop off your organic waste at our Valparaiso or Boone Grove compost site!

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

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Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
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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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This Saturday recycling event will you be giving new gas cans for our old ones?
I took the asphalt shingles off my shed. How do I dispose of them?
I have some expired over the counter multivitamins. Can they be disposed of in the regular garbage?
I have some expired over the counter multi vitamins. Can these be disposed of with the regular garbage?
where can I take old metal file cabinets, large steel 4' x 8' wall grids, and 8' laminate counter top cabinet unit and old desk chairs to drop off?.
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?