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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.

01/08/2024

IT'S OFFICIAL! 🌍 Our annual Earth Day celebration returns on April 20th from 9 am to 1 pm at the Porter County Expo Center. Join more than 2,000 people from all over Northwest Indiana in raising awareness, bringing about positive change, and promoting eco-friendly habits. This year's theme is "Planet vs. Plastics", which aligns perfectly with our ongoing efforts to reduce plastic waste.

Watch the video to learn what to expect at this year's Earth Day celebration!

2024 Vendor and Sponsor registration is live: https://portercountyrecycling.org/earth-day/

Overconsumption is OUT. We're on a mission to conquer some of our 2024 resolutions and would love for you to join us. At...
12/27/2023

Overconsumption is OUT. We're on a mission to conquer some of our 2024 resolutions and would love for you to join us. Attend our upcoming Fix-It Fair on January 27, 10am-1pm at Valparaiso Public Library. Register as a Fixer or attendee here: https://portercountyrecycling.org/fix-it-fairs/

A very Merry Christmas from everyone here at the District! ♻🎄Take a look at our Holiday Closures below:
12/21/2023

A very Merry Christmas from everyone here at the District! ♻🎄
Take a look at our Holiday Closures below:

12/21/2023

This Christmas, spread the holiday cheer sustainably with Porter County Recycling! Explore our brief video guide to discover how you can recycle, reuse, or responsibly dispose of classic Christmas items. Let's make this Christmas both joyful and eco-friendly! 🎄♻️

It's that time of year! Did you know that residential waste increases by 25% during the Holiday season? Follow our recyc...
12/14/2023

It's that time of year! Did you know that residential waste increases by 25% during the Holiday season? Follow our recycling guide to end up on the nice list! ♻🎄🎅

ATTENTION: A new Master Recycler course is now available. Class will be held Tuesday mornings, 10am-noon, January 9 thro...
12/08/2023

ATTENTION: A new Master Recycler course is now available. Class will be held Tuesday mornings, 10am-noon, January 9 through February 6. Limit: 30 students.
Register via https://portercountyrecycling.org/get-involved/ -recycler

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON! Starting December 11th, the Boone Grove and Portage compost sites will be closed until March 2024...
11/30/2023

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON! Starting December 11th, the Boone Grove and Portage compost sites will be closed until March 2024. Our Valparaiso compost site will remain open through the winter!

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!Please note, our office as well as the Portage and Boone Grove Compost Sites, are ...
11/23/2023

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Please note, our office as well as the Portage and Boone Grove Compost Sites, are closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Valparaiso Compost Site will be open their regular schedule on Friday and Saturday.

11/21/2023

With Thanksgiving only 2 days away, we're here to offer food waste reduction tips and waste reduction tips for the holiday season! 🦃

DID YOU KNOW: Just ONE reusable bag can replace 500 single-use plastic bags annually. Today we gifted our custom reusabl...
11/15/2023

DID YOU KNOW: Just ONE reusable bag can replace 500 single-use plastic bags annually.
Today we gifted our custom reusable grocery bags to customers at Strack and Van Til stores throughout Porter County in honor of America Recycles Day.

11/15/2023

The link below is the map to the Town of Chesterton's leaf pick up schedule!

Join us in celebrating America Recycles Day today! Visit these Porter County Strack & Van Til locations from 9:00 am to ...
11/15/2023

Join us in celebrating America Recycles Day today!

Visit these Porter County Strack & Van Til locations from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm to snag your free reusable bag while supplies last. See you there!

♻️ 1600 Pioneer Trail, Chesterton
♻️ 2168 US Hwy 30, Valparaiso
♻️ 2800 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso
♻️ 6046 Central Ave, Portage

America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the Unite...
11/14/2023

America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Celebrate with Porter County Recycling by receiving a reusable bag. See below for participation locations.

See you on November 15!

In observance of Veterans Day, our office will be closed on November 10. Boone Grove, Portage and Valparaiso compost sit...
11/10/2023

In observance of Veterans Day, our office will be closed on November 10. Boone Grove, Portage and Valparaiso compost sites will remain open for their regularly scheduled hours.

Thank you to all who have served!

City of Portage residents! Check out the post below about city leaf pick up. Here is the link with additional informatio...
11/08/2023

City of Portage residents! Check out the post below about city leaf pick up. Here is the link with additional information https://www.portagein.gov/183/Leaf-Limb-Collection

If you are outside of Portage city limits, you can bring your leaves to the Portage Compost Site, 6451 US Hwy 12. The site is open Monday through Saturday from 8am-4pm.

“Leaf Pick Up Season” Portage City Policy

Last leaf season, the department spent 34 working days and serviced 462 leaf loads throughout the routes. These loads are transported to the city compost site located on US12 and placed in windrows for future composting material.

On Monday, October 30th, The Portage Street Department will begin the yearly fall leaf pick-up schedule. Most of the foliage seems to be remaining in the tree canopy. The major leaf drop is unpredictable due to conditions and many other variables involved when most leaves will fall to the ground. Weather permitting, leaf piles will be picked up with the goal of about three to five times during this fall period. In case of rain or snow leaf pick-up will be delayed and will resume as weather allows. The city is divided into 5 (five) zones, these zones are the same as our snow routes. It is very important to understand that in the peak of leaf pickup, the department will take about 3-5 days to complete a zone. These zones also help communicate with the residents in where the department is working with leaf pickup. NOTE: LEAF PICKUP has no relation to TRASH pickup day.

In order to ensure success of the program, we ask residents to observe the following policy / guidelines:

 Please rake leaf piles in the easement / edge of your property.

 Do NOT rake leaf piles into the street / road area as this plugs drains and causes flooding during rain events. Also wet leaves are difficult to pick-up in the roadways.

 Do not rake leaf piles near mailboxes, trees, poles, utility boxes, hydrants and parked vehicles to avoid interruption of services.

 Do not contaminate leaf piles with sticks, branches, trash or other debris. This may interrupt leaf pick up service.

 Leaf piles raked to the curb after this “Fall” service will have to wait till “Spring” for pick up. Do not postpone in the task of raking leaves to the curb.

 Leaves can also be dropped off at the Street department after obtaining a “YARD PASS” through the Admin Office located on site.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and have an enjoyable fall season.

Please email our department at [email protected] for any future correspondence.

City of Valparaiso residents, check the map linked below for information about leaf pick up.If you are in Valparaiso, bu...
11/08/2023

City of Valparaiso residents, check the map linked below for information about leaf pick up.

If you are in Valparaiso, but outside of city limits, bring your leaves to our Valparaiso Compost Site, 2150 W Lincolnway. This site is open Monday through Saturday, 8am-4pm.

Valparaiso City Services will begin picking up leaves on Oct. 23! The City has four leaf collection zones and crews will rotate zones continuously, one after another. For the full release, including how to learn your zone and sign up for updates, visit https://www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1085

On October 7, 41 volunteers picked up litter in Valparaiso. Through our Plastic Free Partnership with Mermaid Straw and ...
11/08/2023

On October 7, 41 volunteers picked up litter in Valparaiso. Through our Plastic Free Partnership with Mermaid Straw and University and this great group of volunteers, 1,219 pieces of trash were collected.

Our office is closed for Election Day, November 7. Please note that our compost sites at Boone Grove, Portage, and Valpa...
11/07/2023

Our office is closed for Election Day, November 7. Please note that our compost sites at Boone Grove, Portage, and Valparaiso remain open.

Notice: the Valparaiso Compost Site will begin observing winter hours starting today, November 6. Winter hours at 8am-4p...
11/06/2023

Notice: the Valparaiso Compost Site will begin observing winter hours starting today, November 6.

Winter hours at 8am-4pm, Monday through Saturday

Recently change out your smoke detector? You can drop off smoke detectors for proper recycling at the sites listed below...
11/03/2023

Recently change out your smoke detector? You can drop off smoke detectors for proper recycling at the sites listed below.

Another Wednesday, another 154 pounds of food waste diverted from the landfill!Since we started this food waste pilot pr...
11/01/2023

Another Wednesday, another 154 pounds of food waste diverted from the landfill!

Since we started this food waste pilot program, we've collected over 600 pounds of food waste! This pilot program is run by volunteers picking up food waste and a private landowner who is monitoring the results of the compost pile closely.

After running this small scale pilot for a couple of months, the District plans to work with other volunteer groups in communities across Porter County to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfills.

Interested? Keep and eye out for opportunities in the future!

Spooky season may be over, but you can still drop off your traditional jack-o-lantern pumpkins, gourds, straw and corn s...
11/01/2023

Spooky season may be over, but you can still drop off your traditional jack-o-lantern pumpkins, gourds, straw and corn stalks at our compost sites!

NOTE: if they are decorated with paint or glitter, they CANNOT be composted. ♻️🎃

Click here to find a location near you! https://portercountyrecycling.org/where-to-recycle/

Spooky, scary, non-recyclables!
10/31/2023

Spooky, scary, non-recyclables!

Came into the office this morning and these photos were left on my desk and it scared the living daylights out of me 😳🫣😲 Wanted to pass it along in case other are easily frightened (as I am).

Bagged recyclables, plastic bags, candy wrappers, and dirty bottles do not belong in your curbside bin or drop-off bin. Stay safe this Halloween and watch out for these spooky, scary items that are on the loose 🧟‍♂️👻😵

Illegal dumping is scary! Please be respectful of our drop off recycling service and sites and only drop off household r...
10/30/2023

Illegal dumping is scary! Please be respectful of our drop off recycling service and sites and only drop off household recycling items.

Here is a list of our seven sites throughout Porter County: https://portercountyrecycling.org/drop-off-recycling-locations/

Here is the current list of recyclable items:
https://portercountyrecycling.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/currentrecyclingguidelines18.pdf

10/26/2023

Have you visited the Boone Grove compost site? Check out this video with Gabrielle and Ellen to learn more about the items you can bring to the site now that Fall has arrived! 🌱🎃🍁

Now introducing... Upcycled Holiday Family Workshop ♻🎁⛄️Art Barn School of Art instructor and Master Recycler Sharon Ang...
10/25/2023

Now introducing... Upcycled Holiday Family Workshop ♻🎁⛄️

Art Barn School of Art instructor and Master Recycler Sharon Angelina will help you turn your trash into treasures in this fun-for-the-family workshop. Using materials including discarded holiday cards, ribbon, scrap paper, and small boxes and containers that would otherwise end up in a landfill, participants will create beautiful holiday ornaments, centerpieces, or other decorations. Cookies and cocoa will be served, and our staff will be on site to talk about other ways you can reduce, reuse, and recycle. Fee: $10 per person.

Art Barn School of Art

695 N 400 E, Valparaiso, IN 46383

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 1 PM– 4 PM

REGISTER ASAP: https://www.artbarnschool.org/service-page/upcycled-holiday-family-workshop?category=8c64caa1-0f20-4713-a6d9-8283b0795223&referral=service_list_widget

Rain or shine, we will see you tomorrow for our FINAL Household Hazardous Waste Collection of the year! 📍 Porter County ...
10/13/2023

Rain or shine, we will see you tomorrow for our FINAL Household Hazardous Waste Collection of the year!
📍 Porter County Expo Center
🕖 9am-2pm
Don't forget, we will also be collecting TIRES and CLOTHING.

Learn more at https://portercountyrecycling.org/household-hazardous-waste/

🍁Fall into Recycling! Did you know that recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours...or th...
10/12/2023

🍁Fall into Recycling! Did you know that recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours...or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline? Let's make a difference together! ♻️

Address

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

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Telephone

+12194653694

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