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Operating as usual

07/17/2021

Today we are on site at Hebron Elementary School with our fourth Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event! We encourage all Porter County residents to venture out and dispose of harmful household chemicals including pesticides, deck stains, diesel fuel and more! We are here until 2pm! Lines are open!

Mulch is AVAILABLE at our Valparaiso Compost Site! You can self-load Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm OR let ou...
07/16/2021

Mulch is AVAILABLE at our Valparaiso Compost Site! You can self-load Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm OR let our gracious attendant from the City of Valparaiso load it for you on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm. Stop in this Saturday and get a load of mulch!

Mulch is AVAILABLE at our Valparaiso Compost Site! You can self-load Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm OR let our gracious attendant from the City of Valparaiso load it for you on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm. Stop in this Saturday and get a load of mulch!

We were at Newton Yost Elementary School last Friday! Our program educator, Alison, let each student examine a live lady...
07/15/2021

We were at Newton Yost Elementary School last Friday! Our program educator, Alison, let each student examine a live lady bug, teaching them their life cycle and body parts along with safer alternatives to pesticides that won't harm the little "ladies". Then, the student released their lady bug back into nature! Reach out to us if you'd like your students, campers or youth to learn more about Mother Earth.

We were at Newton Yost Elementary School last Friday! Our program educator, Alison, let each student examine a live lady bug, teaching them their life cycle and body parts along with safer alternatives to pesticides that won't harm the little "ladies". Then, the student released their lady bug back into nature! Reach out to us if you'd like your students, campers or youth to learn more about Mother Earth.

Get ready for our next Household Hazardous Waste event! Only 3 days left until you can bring your old cans and bottles o...
07/14/2021

Get ready for our next Household Hazardous Waste event! Only 3 days left until you can bring your old cans and bottles of pesticides, oil, ammo, fireworks, chemicals and other assorted toxic waste to our HHW event from 9 am to 2 pm this Saturday, July 17th at Hebron Elementary/Middle School. See you then!

Get ready for our next Household Hazardous Waste event! Only 3 days left until you can bring your old cans and bottles of pesticides, oil, ammo, fireworks, chemicals and other assorted toxic waste to our HHW event from 9 am to 2 pm this Saturday, July 17th at Hebron Elementary/Middle School. See you then!

Got an old Xbox, PlayStation or GameCube? Take them to our Valparaiso or Boone Grove Compost Sites! Raw valuable materia...
07/08/2021

Got an old Xbox, PlayStation or GameCube? Take them to our Valparaiso or Boone Grove Compost Sites! Raw valuable materials that make up electronics can be repurposed into new devices. So, we'll gladly take electronics, battery powered or with a cord, off your hands.

Did you know… 17,218 pounds of oil was recycled across four Household Hazardous Waste events in 2020. Let's beat last ye...
07/07/2021

Did you know… 17,218 pounds of oil was recycled across four Household Hazardous Waste events in 2020. Let's beat last year's numbers! Gather your old cans of oil and bring them to Hebron Elementary/Middle School next Saturday, July 17th from 9 am to 2 pm.

Did you know… 17,218 pounds of oil was recycled across four Household Hazardous Waste events in 2020. Let's beat last year's numbers! Gather your old cans of oil and bring them to Hebron Elementary/Middle School next Saturday, July 17th from 9 am to 2 pm.

Happy Independence Day! Let us all do our part in being conscious of our waste when you're eating American pie today! We...
07/04/2021

Happy Independence Day! Let us all do our part in being conscious of our waste when you're eating American pie today! We hope you have a fun and low waste Fourth of July, from all of us at Porter County Recycling.

Happy Independence Day! Let us all do our part in being conscious of our waste when you're eating American pie today! We hope you have a fun and low waste Fourth of July, from all of us at Porter County Recycling.

HOLIDAY HOURS: Our compost sites are open their normal hours over the Fourth of July weekend. However, our offices will ...
07/02/2021

HOLIDAY HOURS: Our compost sites are open their normal hours over the Fourth of July weekend. However, our offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.

HOLIDAY HOURS: Our compost sites are open their normal hours over the Fourth of July weekend. However, our offices will be closed Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.

Did you know… 14,000 firework displays light up the United States skies each Fourth of July! What do you do with all tho...
07/01/2021

Did you know… 14,000 firework displays light up the United States skies each Fourth of July! What do you do with all those fireworks? Soak each sparkler and firework in water, first, then place in the trash can. If you have consumer grade fireworks, you can bring them to our next Household Hazardous Waste event on Saturday, July 17th at Hebron Elementary/Middle School.

Did you know… 14,000 firework displays light up the United States skies each Fourth of July! What do you do with all those fireworks? Soak each sparkler and firework in water, first, then place in the trash can. If you have consumer grade fireworks, you can bring them to our next Household Hazardous Waste event on Saturday, July 17th at Hebron Elementary/Middle School.

06/26/2021

Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction is live today at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event! Come check us out! Drop off you household chemicals! We are at Westchester Intermediate School in Chesterton until 2pm today. Lines are open!

FREE gas can exchange + clean and dry plastic bag drop-off at our next HHW event! ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT! Bring your old bottl...
06/24/2021

FREE gas can exchange + clean and dry plastic bag drop-off at our next HHW event! ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT! Bring your old bottles, cans or containers of pesticide, stain, driveway sealant, and SO MUCH MORE to our Household Hazardous Waste Collection this Saturday, June 26th from 9 am to 2 pm at Westchester Intermediate School, located at 1050 S. 5th Street in Chesterton.

FREE gas can exchange + clean and dry plastic bag drop-off at our next HHW event! ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT! Bring your old bottles, cans or containers of pesticide, stain, driveway sealant, and SO MUCH MORE to our Household Hazardous Waste Collection this Saturday, June 26th from 9 am to 2 pm at Westchester Intermediate School, located at 1050 S. 5th Street in Chesterton.

Boxes won't fit? A simple solution is to break them down. Leaving items on the ground of our drop-locations is considere...
06/22/2021

Boxes won't fit? A simple solution is to break them down. Leaving items on the ground of our drop-locations is considered littering and is a violation of Indiana Code 35-35-3-2. Drop-off locations, like this one, allow everyone to recycle. Leaving them a mess places a tremendous burden on our hardworking staff and can potentially lead to shutting these public services down. Please, be considerate of others when using these drop-off locations.

Boxes won't fit? A simple solution is to break them down. Leaving items on the ground of our drop-locations is considered littering and is a violation of Indiana Code 35-35-3-2. Drop-off locations, like this one, allow everyone to recycle. Leaving them a mess places a tremendous burden on our hardworking staff and can potentially lead to shutting these public services down. Please, be considerate of others when using these drop-off locations.

FAQ: Where does treated lumber go?Treated lumber from construction services and home renovations must go in the trash. U...
06/17/2021

FAQ: Where does treated lumber go?
Treated lumber from construction services and home renovations must go in the trash. Unfortunately, treated lumber is not accepted at our compost sites nor in your curbside recycling bin.

FAQ: Where does treated lumber go?
Treated lumber from construction services and home renovations must go in the trash. Unfortunately, treated lumber is not accepted at our compost sites nor in your curbside recycling bin.

Your old toys can be recycled to create new toys! Mattel will collect used MEGA, Barbie and Matchbox toys to recycle the...
06/16/2021

Your old toys can be recycled to create new toys! Mattel will collect used MEGA, Barbie and Matchbox toys to recycle the materials in them and reuse them as content in new toys when possible. If the materials cannot be repurposed, Mattel will either downcycle those materials into other plastic products or convert them from waste to energy. Together, we can reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink!

Your old toys can be recycled to create new toys! Mattel will collect used MEGA, Barbie and Matchbox toys to recycle the materials in them and reuse them as content in new toys when possible. If the materials cannot be repurposed, Mattel will either downcycle those materials into other plastic products or convert them from waste to energy. Together, we can reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink!

Our compost sites are currently out of mulch until further notice. We will let you know when mulch comes available again...
06/15/2021

Our compost sites are currently out of mulch until further notice. We will let you know when mulch comes available again. Sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to see regular updates! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at [email protected] or call us at (219) 465-3694. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you!

Our compost sites are currently out of mulch until further notice. We will let you know when mulch comes available again. Sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to see regular updates! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at [email protected] or call us at (219) 465-3694. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you!

2 MORE DAYS until our next Household Hazardous Waste Collection! This Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at the Portage High Sch...
06/10/2021

2 MORE DAYS until our next Household Hazardous Waste Collection! This Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at the Portage High School, located at 6450 US-6, you can:
♻️ Exchange gas cans,
♻️ Drop-off clean, dry plastic bags, and
♻️ Securely shred sensitive documents.
Thank you, Opportunity Enterprises, for providing the secure document shred! Check out what else you can bring to this event: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/recycling?layout=edit&id=98

2 MORE DAYS until our next Household Hazardous Waste Collection! This Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at the Portage High School, located at 6450 US-6, you can:
♻️ Exchange gas cans,
♻️ Drop-off clean, dry plastic bags, and
♻️ Securely shred sensitive documents.
Thank you, Opportunity Enterprises, for providing the secure document shred! Check out what else you can bring to this event: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/recycling?layout=edit&id=98

Watch a movie with us today at 6 pm! Hurry, email us at info@portercountyrecycling.org by 2 pm today to get the link! Pa...
06/09/2021

Watch a movie with us today at 6 pm! Hurry, email us at [email protected] by 2 pm today to get the link! Partnering with Lakeshore PBS, save your seat for the virtual screening of Shifting Sands On The Path To Sustainability. PLUS, join filmmaker and producer, Pat Wisniewski, for a live Q&A afterwards.

Watch a movie with us today at 6 pm! Hurry, email us at [email protected] by 2 pm today to get the link! Partnering with Lakeshore PBS, save your seat for the virtual screening of Shifting Sands On The Path To Sustainability. PLUS, join filmmaker and producer, Pat Wisniewski, for a live Q&A afterwards.

We're disappointed to have found bags of grass clippings at our Boone Grove compost site -- on a Monday, no less. Leavin...
06/07/2021

We're disappointed to have found bags of grass clippings at our Boone Grove compost site -- on a Monday, no less. Leaving items at our compost sites' front gates when we are closed places a tremendous burden on our hardworking staff and can potentially lead to shutting these public services down. Our compost sites can only accept approved organic waste during open hours which can be found here: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/compost-sites/?fbclid=IwAR0i8K_mon2dm0LB1CLaXULsmCogfe-smqm8m7Cu2COdnlzmXWbDQYuoB3U

💥 PORTAGE COMPOST SITE CLOSED 💥Our Portage Compost Site, located at 6451 U.S. Highway 12, is closed for the remainder of...
06/04/2021

💥 PORTAGE COMPOST SITE CLOSED 💥
Our Portage Compost Site, located at 6451 U.S. Highway 12, is closed for the remainder of the day and will reopen tomorrow at 8 am. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you!

💥 PORTAGE COMPOST SITE CLOSED 💥
Our Portage Compost Site, located at 6451 U.S. Highway 12, is closed for the remainder of the day and will reopen tomorrow at 8 am. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you!

Aerosol cans are everywhere -- in hair spray, spray paint, insect killer, whipped cream and more! In 2016, an estimated ...
06/03/2021

Aerosol cans are everywhere -- in hair spray, spray paint, insect killer, whipped cream and more! In 2016, an estimated 3.75 BILLION aerosol cans were filled in the United States. Made out of aluminum or steel, aerosol cans can be recycled, but the pressurized air inside, along with potentially toxic contents, makes recycling aerosol cans difficult. To properly dispose of empty or filled cans, bring them to our next Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, June 12th from 9 am to 2 pm at the Portage High School.

Aerosol cans are everywhere -- in hair spray, spray paint, insect killer, whipped cream and more! In 2016, an estimated 3.75 BILLION aerosol cans were filled in the United States. Made out of aluminum or steel, aerosol cans can be recycled, but the pressurized air inside, along with potentially toxic contents, makes recycling aerosol cans difficult. To properly dispose of empty or filled cans, bring them to our next Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, June 12th from 9 am to 2 pm at the Portage High School.

06/02/2021
Mattel PlayBack

NEW way to recycle toys! Mattel has introduced a recycling program for Barbie, Matchbox and MEGA toys. Whether your kids are too old for these toys or they are not in good shape, simply ship your toys back to Mattel with their PlayBack program. Together, we can help protect our planet's finite natural resources. Recycle your toys today 👉 https://www.mattel.com/en-us/playroom/playback

Our Boone Grove and Portage Compost Sites, along with our office, will be closed today in observance of Memorial Day. Th...
05/31/2021

Our Boone Grove and Portage Compost Sites, along with our office, will be closed today in observance of Memorial Day. The Valparaiso Compost Site will be open from 8 am to 5 pm. Let us honor those who have sacrificed everything for our freedom. Hoping you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, from all of us at Porter County Recycling.

Our Boone Grove and Portage Compost Sites, along with our office, will be closed today in observance of Memorial Day. The Valparaiso Compost Site will be open from 8 am to 5 pm. Let us honor those who have sacrificed everything for our freedom. Hoping you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, from all of us at Porter County Recycling.

UPDATE: Memorial Weekend HoursBoth the Boone Grove and Portage Compost Sites will be closed on Memorial Day, along with ...
05/27/2021

UPDATE: Memorial Weekend Hours
Both the Boone Grove and Portage Compost Sites will be closed on Memorial Day, along with our offices. The Valparaiso Compost Site will be open for Memorial Day from 8 am to 5 pm. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.

UPDATE: Memorial Weekend Hours
Both the Boone Grove and Portage Compost Sites will be closed on Memorial Day, along with our offices. The Valparaiso Compost Site will be open for Memorial Day from 8 am to 5 pm. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.

Grab a seat, eat popcorn and watch a movie about America's 61st National Park! With the help of Lakeshore PBS, we will b...
05/26/2021

Grab a seat, eat popcorn and watch a movie about America's 61st National Park! With the help of Lakeshore PBS, we will be screening Shifting Sands On The Path To Sustainability on Wednesday, June 9th at 6 pm. Afterwards, join filmmaker and producer, Pat Wisniewski, for a live discussion about the film. Email us at [email protected] to sign up today!

Grab a seat, eat popcorn and watch a movie about America's 61st National Park! With the help of Lakeshore PBS, we will be screening Shifting Sands On The Path To Sustainability on Wednesday, June 9th at 6 pm. Afterwards, join filmmaker and producer, Pat Wisniewski, for a live discussion about the film. Email us at [email protected] to sign up today!

Planning a picnic party or a backyard barbecue this Memorial Day weekend? Before buying single-use plastic that are non-...
05/25/2021

Planning a picnic party or a backyard barbecue this Memorial Day weekend? Before buying single-use plastic that are non-recyclable, consider reusing your tablecloth, choosing biodegradable or compostable silverware, or opting for recyclable containers. What else can you swap for a more eco-friendly get together this weekend?

Planning a picnic party or a backyard barbecue this Memorial Day weekend? Before buying single-use plastic that are non-recyclable, consider reusing your tablecloth, choosing biodegradable or compostable silverware, or opting for recyclable containers. What else can you swap for a more eco-friendly get together this weekend?

LOADING DAYS! The City of Valparaiso is helping us load compost for you on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 am t...
05/19/2021

LOADING DAYS! The City of Valparaiso is helping us load compost for you on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm at our Valparaiso Compost Site located at 2150 W. Lincolnway.

Loading is available for any Porter County resident or business for $10 per cubic yard by check or money order only. However, you can always bring your own bucket and shovel and load as much compost and mulch as you want.

Thanks Valparaiso Now for lending us a hand!

LOADING DAYS! The City of Valparaiso is helping us load compost for you on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm at our Valparaiso Compost Site located at 2150 W. Lincolnway.

Loading is available for any Porter County resident or business for $10 per cubic yard by check or money order only. However, you can always bring your own bucket and shovel and load as much compost and mulch as you want.

Thanks Valparaiso Now for lending us a hand!

Go green at your next party! ♻️ Our FREE special event recycling container will collect your bottles and cans from you a...
05/17/2021

Go green at your next party! ♻️ Our FREE special event recycling container will collect your bottles and cans from you and your guests at your graduation party, family reunion, church bazaar or any other event. If you're interested in reserving a special event container, learn more and save your date 👉 https://portercountyrecycling.org/special-event-recycling/

Go green at your next party! ♻️ Our FREE special event recycling container will collect your bottles and cans from you and your guests at your graduation party, family reunion, church bazaar or any other event. If you're interested in reserving a special event container, learn more and save your date 👉 https://portercountyrecycling.org/special-event-recycling/

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Admin. Office: Porter County Government Center, 155 Indiana Ave. Ste. 314
Valparaiso, IN
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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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Does anybody know of local places that will recycle plastic film or packaging like bubble wrap?
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?