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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.

Don't Forget! The Recycling and Waste Reduction Center recently opened another convenient location for Porter County res...
11/13/2019
Portage Compost Site

Don't Forget! The Recycling and Waste Reduction Center recently opened another convenient location for Porter County residents to drop off yard waste at the Portage Compost Site: Located at 6451 U.S. Highway 12 and open Mondays-Fridays 8am to 4pm and Saturdays 9am to 2pm. It's never been easier or more convenient to maintain a spotless lawn while helping to generate nutrient-rich compost for Porter County!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Portage+Compost+Site/@41.60173,-87.1845448,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x3cc96908048b0439!8m2!3d41.6189474!4d-87.16748

★★★★★ · Recycling center · 6451 US-12

The Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District is proud to announce the winners of our “America Recycles Day” ...
11/06/2019

The Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District is proud to announce the winners of our “America Recycles Day” art competition for Middle and High School students. America Recycles Day, officially observed on Nov. 15 th, is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to share their commitment to building a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable future through simple every day actions like recycling. Earlier this year the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District asked local students to create designs that could help inspire people to take a lead role in conserving their environment.

This year’s 3 winners are (in no particular order) Allyson Schmitt, Grade 6, of St. Patrick School; Shane Hattabaugh, Grade 6, of Victory Christian Academy; and Sydney Muhammad, Grade 7, of Nativity of Our Savior School.

The winning artworks will be displayed on 4 billboards across Porter County at the following addresses and dates:

· PORTAGE: Nov. 4-10, U.S. 6 north side 1.5 miles east of Willowcreek Rd.
· CHESTERTON: Nov. 11-17, State Road 49, west side .25 miles north of County Road 1100N
· VALPARAISO: Nov. 18-24, U.S. 30 south side east of State Rd. 2
· VALPARAISO: Nov. 25- Dec. 1, State Road 130, south side west of County Road 250W

The Waste Reduction district would also like to express its sincerest gratitude to former Public Education Coordinator Donna Stuckert for creating this competition.
To learn more about America Recycles Day and how you can help in Porter County, please visit https://portercountyrecycling.org/ and https://americarecyclesday.org/.

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11/06/2019

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* * * COMPOST THOSE HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS * * * Those pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, leaves and other organic fall decor...
11/02/2019

* * * COMPOST THOSE HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS * * *

Those pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, leaves and other organic fall decorations help make great compost!

Porter County residents, bring those decorations to any of the public compost sites, where they will be turned into black gold for your gardens and landscapes next year!

Find out more: https://portercountyrecycling.org/compost-sites/

Did you know? Black plastic, like that found in coffee cup lids and takeout containers, can’t be recycled. The optical s...
10/29/2019

Did you know? Black plastic, like that found in coffee cup lids and takeout containers, can’t be recycled.
The optical sensors that sort through huge volumes of plastic in recycling facilities can’t pick up black objects because they absorb too much light. You can help keep the recycling process operating smoothly by carefully following the instructions available in resources like the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District Website: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/drop-off-recycling/
And remember: When in doubt, throw it out!

The Holidays are fast approaching, and that means tons of gatherings and get-togethers are just around the corner – and ...
10/26/2019

The Holidays are fast approaching, and that means tons of gatherings and get-togethers are just around the corner – and they’re bringing mountains of trash with them. That’s why the Recycling and Waste Reduction District is proud to loan holiday partiers FREE recycling containers for events in Porter County. Just stop by our offices to fill out an application. It’s never been easier to clean up after the fun while promoting environmental stewardship in Porter County. We’ll even mention your recycling-friendly event on our page! Visit https://portercountyrecycling.org/special-event-recycling/ to learn more!

Did You Know? Your school or community organization can help protect the water quality in Porter County's streams and la...
10/23/2019

Did You Know? Your school or community organization can help protect the water quality in Porter County's streams and lakes with up-cycled rain barrels provided by the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District! Just visit https://portercountyrecycling.org/2017-community-rain-barrel-demonstration-grant to fill out an application and your organization can receive up to two rain barrels that capture and conserve water while reducing the harmful storm runoff that contaminates aquatic ecosystems. Porter County's fish (and your garden) will thank you!

10/23/2019

Sharps are also collected at our hazardous waste events. If you use needles for medical reasons, Porter hospital and the Portage hospital will give you a container and when it is full, return it to them for an empty one. This hospital program is FOR RESIDENTS ONLY! NO BUSINESSES!.

10/22/2019

In response to many comments on our survey at the recent HHW collection, we do take medications and sharps at our HHW collections. Also, the police departments in Porter County have collection boxes for expired and/or unused medications. You can also check out your local Walgreens. Some of them also have a collection box for medications.

Caps should be on when recycling plastic tubs, jugs, bottles, jars, & cartons curbside. Caps should never be placed in r...
09/09/2019

Caps should be on when recycling plastic tubs, jugs, bottles, jars, & cartons curbside. Caps should never be placed in recycling by themselves, as they are too small to make it through the sorting process and can cause contamination. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/a1uG50vQpaB

* * * PORTER COUNTY TEACHERS * * * Enter your students' designs into the Porter County America Recycles Day School Billb...
09/08/2019

* * * PORTER COUNTY TEACHERS * * *

Enter your students' designs into the Porter County America Recycles Day School Billboard Design Contest; the deadline is October 18! It's easy!

Your students' names, artwork and schools may be featured on local billboards for thousands of passersby to see!

Get the info here: https://portercountyrecycling.org/america-recycles-day

RECYCLE YOUR ELECTRONICS! Porter County residents have three locations where they can take their electronics to be recyc...
09/07/2019

RECYCLE YOUR ELECTRONICS! Porter County residents have three locations where they can take their electronics to be recycled FOR FREE! Computers, televisions, vacuum cleaners, keyboards, surge protectors, calculators. Get the 411: http://ow.ly/rLPi50vQorh

Did you know hearing aids can be recycled? NOT CURBSIDE! We have a listing on our website of places that will accept the...
09/06/2019

Did you know hearing aids can be recycled? NOT CURBSIDE! We have a listing on our website of places that will accept them. Check them out: http://ow.ly/snR150vQohv

IDEM Announces Grant Funding for Pollution Prevention Projects
09/06/2019
IDEM Announces Grant Funding for Pollution Prevention Projects

IDEM Announces Grant Funding for Pollution Prevention Projects

Indianapolis - The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) announced today the availability of grant funds from the Pollution Prevention Program. Eligible candidates may seek a grant ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. Grant requests will be accepted through Nov. 1, 2019.

Who needs NWI's curbside and drop-off recycling guidelines? We all recycle the same here in Lake, Porter & LaPorte count...
09/05/2019

Who needs NWI's curbside and drop-off recycling guidelines? We all recycle the same here in Lake, Porter & LaPorte counties. Remember: WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT! Download PDF guidelines here: http://ow.ly/RiHi50vQobT

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, provides a great opportunity to remind residents of the importance of replacing smoke d...
09/03/2019

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, provides a great opportunity to remind residents of the importance of replacing smoke detectors. Take expired & non-working smoke detectors to a number of locations to be recycled: http://ow.ly/Chvd50vQnxO

Save the Dunes
09/03/2019
Save the Dunes

Save the Dunes

Balloons can be beautiful, but not when they’re littering our lakes, rivers, prairies and forests.

Wonder what to do with items you no longer want?
09/02/2019
Resale shops provide new life for used items

Wonder what to do with items you no longer want?

Donating the stuff you no longer need is a breeze since there's plenty of places in the Region that accept used items from furniture to old TVs and even tires.

Just a reminder, all Porter County compost sites are closed today for the Labor Day holiday. All sites will reopen tomor...
09/02/2019

Just a reminder, all Porter County compost sites are closed today for the Labor Day holiday. All sites will reopen tomorrow at the regularly scheduled times: http://ow.ly/5XYL50vQnRB

Teachers in Porter County schools, enter your kids art into the America Recycles Day Billboard Contest. Top three winnin...
09/01/2019

Teachers in Porter County schools, enter your kids art into the America Recycles Day Billboard Contest. Top three winning designs will be featured on billboards throughout Porter County; their names and schools for thousands to see! Details here: http://ow.ly/PwUc50vQmAa

The Valparaiso, Portage & Boone Grove compost sites are closed for the holiday weekend. Take a break from yard work for ...
08/31/2019

The Valparaiso, Portage & Boone Grove compost sites are closed for the holiday weekend. Take a break from yard work for three days! Have a safe and happy holiday! http://ow.ly/LubQ50vQjnv

08/30/2019
Takeout creates a lot of trash. It doesn't have to.

GREAT VIDEO! What can you do to REDUCE waste?

Our single-use items aren't helping the fight against climate change but there are easy hacks to reduce and reuse. Climate Lab is produced by the University ...

Recycle Porter County's cover photo
08/30/2019

Recycle Porter County's cover photo

08/30/2019

Placing these in your curbside recycling is a NO-NO. Read more...

08/24/2019
CNN International

CNN International

"In the oceans, degrading plastic... binds with the man-made chemical pollutants. All that toxicity ends up in the digestive systems of marine life and travels up the food chain all the way to our dinner plates," reports Arwa Damon on the microplastics found in Sargasso Sea
https://cnn.it/30mnu6k

You can recycle plastic bags, but not curbside.
08/23/2019
What Happens When You Bring Plastic Bags Back to the Store?

You can recycle plastic bags, but not curbside.

Stores like Jewel, Kohls, Meijer, Mariano’s and Target accept returned plastic bags and plastic film wrap material. Because the material is clean, dry, and already sorted, it can be recycled to make new things!

Do not bag your recyclables in plastic. If you must contain them, use paper bags! Plastic bags wreak havoc on equipment ...
08/21/2019

Do not bag your recyclables in plastic. If you must contain them, use paper bags! Plastic bags wreak havoc on equipment at the sorting facility. Placing your recyclables loose in your curbside totes or in our drop-off containers is best! http://ow.ly/xwkd50vCCDK

The Valpo, Portage & Boone Grove compost sites will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31-Monday, Sept. 2, for the Labor Day holid...
08/20/2019

The Valpo, Portage & Boone Grove compost sites will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31-Monday, Sept. 2, for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Please plan your gardening & landscaping activities accordingly. Here's more info: http://ow.ly/PSh050vCB5w

* * * CALLING ALL ARTISTS * * * Here's an exciting opportunity to get yourself some international recognition:
08/19/2019

* * * CALLING ALL ARTISTS * * *

Here's an exciting opportunity to get yourself some international recognition:

Start getting your design ready to enter into the ICAW 2020 Poster Contest. The Contest starts Sept. 1st until Nov. 1st. Anyone age 10 and older from anywhere in the world can enter. The theme is Soil Loves Compost.

https://www.compostfoundation.org/ICAW/ICAW-Poster-Contest

* * * YOU'RE INVITED * * * The Tomczak family is hosting a tribute to John R. Tomczak at Urschell Pavilion in Valparaiso...
08/18/2019

* * * YOU'RE INVITED * * *

The Tomczak family is hosting a tribute to John R. Tomczak at Urschell Pavilion in Valparaiso's Central Park, and they are inviting the public to help give their hero a final salute.

The event is planned from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Learn more about John here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nwitimes/obituary.aspx?n=john-r-tomczak&pid=193506615

The Tomczaks have borrowed our event recycling containers, so all of the guests can reduce waste by recycling their beverage cans and bottles.

You can borrow our containers for your next gathering. Here's the 411: https://portercountyrecycling.org/special-event-recycling/

TEACHERS IN PORTER COUNTY SCHOOLS, get your 6th-12th grade students involved in the America Recycles Day School Billboar...
08/18/2019

TEACHERS IN PORTER COUNTY SCHOOLS, get your 6th-12th grade students involved in the America Recycles Day School Billboard Design Contest! Top 3 designs will be featured on billboards throughout Porter County. Details here: https://portercountyrecycling.org/america-recycles-day

Planning a Labor Day bash? Parties and gatherings can create a lot of garbage. Here are some tips that can help you redu...
08/17/2019

Planning a Labor Day bash? Parties and gatherings can create a lot of garbage. Here are some tips that can help you reduce waste, and perhaps you save some money in the process: http://ow.ly/wvOX50vqYnB

The Portage, Boone Grove & Valpo compost sites will be closed Aug. 31-Sept. 2 for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Please ...
08/16/2019

The Portage, Boone Grove & Valpo compost sites will be closed Aug. 31-Sept. 2 for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Please plan your gardening and landscaping activities accordingly. Need more info? Click here: http://ow.ly/Se7N50vqY8a

Have an unwanted bike or bike parts taking up space in your garage or shed? Donate it to the Knights of Columbus Bike Pr...
08/15/2019

Have an unwanted bike or bike parts taking up space in your garage or shed? Donate it to the Knights of Columbus Bike Project:

Porter County residents, it's now or never. We are done collecting household hazardous waste for the year after this eve...
08/14/2019

Porter County residents, it's now or never. We are done collecting household hazardous waste for the year after this event. Please mark your calendars. Find out more here: http://ow.ly/GjG050vqXpX

Remember football fans, please don't place greasy pizza boxes in your curbside recycling bins or in our drop-off recycli...
08/13/2019

Remember football fans, please don't place greasy pizza boxes in your curbside recycling bins or in our drop-off recycling containers. Grease and food will contaminate good paper and cardboard in the recycling process. Read more: http://ow.ly/H4wW50vqWMF

We are sponsoring the America Recycles Day School Billboard Design Contest once again for 6th-12th grade students IN POR...
08/12/2019

We are sponsoring the America Recycles Day School Billboard Design Contest once again for 6th-12th grade students IN PORTER COUNTY SCHOOLS! Top 3 designs will be featured on billboards throughout Porter County. Details here: http://ow.ly/Gk6y50vqWm8

Planning a Labor Day bash? Solo cups are not recyclable curbside or in our drop off containers. Make sure those end up i...
08/11/2019

Planning a Labor Day bash? Solo cups are not recyclable curbside or in our drop off containers. Make sure those end up in the trash or take them to a local Subaru dealership for recycling. Read more: http://ow.ly/406V50vqWa4

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