Recycle Porter County

Recycle Porter County Official Facebook account of the Porter County Recycling (Commenting Guidelines --> http://ow.ly/yHo030m7nMY) 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.

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Looking to recycle tires? For Porter County residents, tires will be accepted at the last Household Hazardous Waste Coll...
05/11/2021

Looking to recycle tires? For Porter County residents, tires will be accepted at the last Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, October 9th at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso. If you're interested in recycling your tires earlier, there are several locations that accept tires year round. Find a location near you 👇 https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/recycling-directory/167-tires

Looking to recycle tires? For Porter County residents, tires will be accepted at the last Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, October 9th at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso. If you're interested in recycling your tires earlier, there are several locations that accept tires year round. Find a location near you 👇 https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/recycling-directory/167-tires

05/07/2021

Live with Mayor Lynch.

05/07/2021

Compost awareness week. Free loading at Portage compost site from 8:30 - 10:30 today. Come out

Want your students to learn about the Indiana Dunes? Renewable energy sources? Or even ladybugs and worms? Register your...
05/06/2021

Want your students to learn about the Indiana Dunes? Renewable energy sources? Or even ladybugs and worms? Register your class today! Miss Allison, our certified teacher, offers eleven in-person learning experiences, plus video versions to help practice social distancing. Give us a call at (219) 707-8278 to sign up today! Learn more: https://portercountyrecycling.org/education/k-12-programs

Want your students to learn about the Indiana Dunes? Renewable energy sources? Or even ladybugs and worms? Register your class today! Miss Allison, our certified teacher, offers eleven in-person learning experiences, plus video versions to help practice social distancing. Give us a call at (219) 707-8278 to sign up today! Learn more: https://portercountyrecycling.org/education/k-12-programs

FREE LOADING THIS WEEK! Celebrating International Compost Week, Porter County residents can load mulch and compost at th...
05/05/2021

FREE LOADING THIS WEEK! Celebrating International Compost Week, Porter County residents can load mulch and compost at the Valparaiso and Portage Compost Sites for free now through Saturday, May 8th, 2021. Limit 9 cubic yards per day while supplies last.

Free loading is available at the Valparaiso Compost Site, located at 2150 W. Lincolnway, from 9 am to 12 pm Monday through Saturday and at the Portage Compost Site, located at 6451 U.S. Highway 12, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

FREE LOADING THIS WEEK! Celebrating International Compost Week, Porter County residents can load mulch and compost at the Valparaiso and Portage Compost Sites for free now through Saturday, May 8th, 2021. Limit 9 cubic yards per day while supplies last.

Free loading is available at the Valparaiso Compost Site, located at 2150 W. Lincolnway, from 9 am to 12 pm Monday through Saturday and at the Portage Compost Site, located at 6451 U.S. Highway 12, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Screening has been postponed! A future date is in the works and will let you know when that is. We apologize for the inc...
05/04/2021

Screening has been postponed! A future date is in the works and will let you know when that is. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you are still interested attending Shifting Sands On The Path to Sustainability, please email us at [email protected]. Thank you!

Screening has been postponed! A future date is in the works and will let you know when that is. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you are still interested attending Shifting Sands On The Path to Sustainability, please email us at [email protected]. Thank you!

Q: Where can you dispose of small propane tanks?A: Small propane tanks, like these, can be brought to our Household Haza...
04/29/2021

Q: Where can you dispose of small propane tanks?
A: Small propane tanks, like these, can be brought to our Household Hazardous Waste events. The next collection event is this weekend, on Saturday, May 1st from 9 am to 2 pm. Bring cans of cleaners, solvents, oil, gasoline, and other assorted chemicals laying around your property to the Porter Expo Center located at 215 E. Division in Valparaiso. Thanks for asking, Lou Donkle! Hope to see you there!

Q: Where can you dispose of small propane tanks?
A: Small propane tanks, like these, can be brought to our Household Hazardous Waste events. The next collection event is this weekend, on Saturday, May 1st from 9 am to 2 pm. Bring cans of cleaners, solvents, oil, gasoline, and other assorted chemicals laying around your property to the Porter Expo Center located at 215 E. Division in Valparaiso. Thanks for asking, Lou Donkle! Hope to see you there!

Hey, Porter County teachers, are you ready to plan your 2021-2022 school year? Sign up for one of K-8 programs starting ...
04/28/2021

Hey, Porter County teachers, are you ready to plan your 2021-2022 school year? Sign up for one of K-8 programs starting Monday, May 3, 2021! In addition to the eleven in-person learning experiences, Miss Allison, Porter County Recycling's certified teacher, has created video versions for some of these programs to help children learn about recycling while practicing social distancing. Give us a call at (219) 707-8278 to learn more or visit our website

*Picture was taken before COVID precautions.*

Hey, Porter County teachers, are you ready to plan your 2021-2022 school year? Sign up for one of K-8 programs starting Monday, May 3, 2021! In addition to the eleven in-person learning experiences, Miss Allison, Porter County Recycling's certified teacher, has created video versions for some of these programs to help children learn about recycling while practicing social distancing. Give us a call at (219) 707-8278 to learn more or visit our website

*Picture was taken before COVID precautions.*

04/27/2021

5 MORE DAYS! We're starting the first Household Hazardous Waste Collection of the season off with a bang! On May 1st, 2021, the first 500 visitors will receive a FREE tree sapling in celebration of Earth Day. Limited one per car load and while supplies last. Bring your old cans of cleaners, solvents, oil, gasoline, and other assorted chemicals from 9 am to 2 pm at the Porter County Expo Center.

This is what was left at our Hebron Recycling Drop-Off Site, today.  Neither item go in the bin.  Vacuum to the Electoni...
04/26/2021

This is what was left at our Hebron Recycling Drop-Off Site, today.
Neither item go in the bin. Vacuum to the Electonic Site, gas tanks can be exchanged. Please do not leave them outside of the site.

This is what was left at our Hebron Recycling Drop-Off Site, today.
Neither item go in the bin. Vacuum to the Electonic Site, gas tanks can be exchanged. Please do not leave them outside of the site.

Happy Earth Day! From our Facebook Live Q&A event yesterday to our upcoming Tree Giveaway and Household Hazardous Waste ...
04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day! From our Facebook Live Q&A event yesterday to our upcoming Tree Giveaway and Household Hazardous Waste collection on May 1st, we're so excited to celebrate Earth Day with you! What are you doing for Mother Nature today? Tell us in the comments!

Happy Earth Day! From our Facebook Live Q&A event yesterday to our upcoming Tree Giveaway and Household Hazardous Waste collection on May 1st, we're so excited to celebrate Earth Day with you! What are you doing for Mother Nature today? Tell us in the comments!

What is the recycling fee? A $20.00 recycling fee is applied to Porter County residents' property taxes so that we can p...
04/21/2021

What is the recycling fee? A $20.00 recycling fee is applied to Porter County residents' property taxes so that we can provide many environmentally conscious services to the community, such as:
♻️ Drop-off locations for those who do not have a curbside bin
♻️ Compost sites to dispose of organic waste and collect compost, firewood and mulch
♻️ Smoke detector disposal
♻️ Battery and light bulb recycling
♻️ Electronics recycling drop off locations
♻️ Engaging programs for K-6 students and adults
♻️ Household Hazardous Waste Collections

For more information about what we do here at Porter County Recycling, please visit our website: www.portercountyrecycling.org

What is the recycling fee? A $20.00 recycling fee is applied to Porter County residents' property taxes so that we can provide many environmentally conscious services to the community, such as:
♻️ Drop-off locations for those who do not have a curbside bin
♻️ Compost sites to dispose of organic waste and collect compost, firewood and mulch
♻️ Smoke detector disposal
♻️ Battery and light bulb recycling
♻️ Electronics recycling drop off locations
♻️ Engaging programs for K-6 students and adults
♻️ Household Hazardous Waste Collections

For more information about what we do here at Porter County Recycling, please visit our website: www.portercountyrecycling.org

Asking yourself, "Can I recycle this item?" or "Where does this recycled item go?" Get your questions answered! Join our...
04/16/2021

Asking yourself, "Can I recycle this item?" or "Where does this recycled item go?" Get your questions answered! Join our director, Keri Marrs Barron, on Wednesday, April 21st at 6:30 pm for a live Q&A right here on Facebook. We hope to see you there!

Asking yourself, "Can I recycle this item?" or "Where does this recycled item go?" Get your questions answered! Join our director, Keri Marrs Barron, on Wednesday, April 21st at 6:30 pm for a live Q&A right here on Facebook. We hope to see you there!

Want to live with less waste? Become a master recycler! Join our Master Recycler Class starting Thursday, April 22 and l...
04/15/2021

Want to live with less waste? Become a master recycler! Join our Master Recycler Class starting Thursday, April 22 and learn more about composting at home, reducing your waste, recycling items and more. Email us at [email protected] to register today!

Want to live with less waste? Become a master recycler! Join our Master Recycler Class starting Thursday, April 22 and learn more about composting at home, reducing your waste, recycling items and more. Email us at [email protected] to register today!

💧 The problem: 35 billion empty water bottles are thrown away in the United States each year, with only 12% being recycl...
04/08/2021

💧 The problem: 35 billion empty water bottles are thrown away in the United States each year, with only 12% being recycled.
♻️ The solution: Start using a reusable bottle! You could save 1,460 plastic bottles per year by switching the plastic bottles with a reusable one.

💧 The problem: 35 billion empty water bottles are thrown away in the United States each year, with only 12% being recycled.
♻️ The solution: Start using a reusable bottle! You could save 1,460 plastic bottles per year by switching the plastic bottles with a reusable one.

April is asphalt season, but it can be reused! Whether you're repaving your driveway or bought too many stones for your ...
04/06/2021

April is asphalt season, but it can be reused! Whether you're repaving your driveway or bought too many stones for your landscape, take your left over concrete (with rebar), bricks, cinder block, asphalt, brush and stumps to Duneland 28, located at 550 W 300 N in Valparaiso, or Duneland Materials, located at 563 W 300 N in Valparaiso.

*Not accepted at these two locations: trash, paper, plastic 2x4s, plywood, grade stakes, treated lumber, painted materials and hazardous waste.

April is asphalt season, but it can be reused! Whether you're repaving your driveway or bought too many stones for your landscape, take your left over concrete (with rebar), bricks, cinder block, asphalt, brush and stumps to Duneland 28, located at 550 W 300 N in Valparaiso, or Duneland Materials, located at 563 W 300 N in Valparaiso.

*Not accepted at these two locations: trash, paper, plastic 2x4s, plywood, grade stakes, treated lumber, painted materials and hazardous waste.

FAQ: What types of plastic cups can be recycled curbside?The only plastic cups accepted curbside are the #5 flexible pla...
04/05/2021

FAQ: What types of plastic cups can be recycled curbside?
The only plastic cups accepted curbside are the #5 flexible plastic, like the white McDonald's cups. Clear, white or colored single-use cups, such as Solo cups, must be discarded in the trash because the plastic is too flimsy to made into another product. That's recycling smart!

FAQ: What types of plastic cups can be recycled curbside?
The only plastic cups accepted curbside are the #5 flexible plastic, like the white McDonald's cups. Clear, white or colored single-use cups, such as Solo cups, must be discarded in the trash because the plastic is too flimsy to made into another product. That's recycling smart!

Having an Easter Egg hunt this weekend? 🐣 We're piloting a new way to REUSE those plastic eggs. Starting April 5th throu...
04/01/2021

Having an Easter Egg hunt this weekend? 🐣 We're piloting a new way to REUSE those plastic eggs. Starting April 5th through April 19th, you can drop off gently used plastic eggs (that are in good condition) at the Valparaiso Compost Site, located at 2150 W. Lincolnway, open Monday through Saturday 8 am to 5 pm. After they are collected, our staff will sanitize the plastic eggs and give them to local organizations for future egg hunts.

Having an Easter Egg hunt this weekend? 🐣 We're piloting a new way to REUSE those plastic eggs. Starting April 5th through April 19th, you can drop off gently used plastic eggs (that are in good condition) at the Valparaiso Compost Site, located at 2150 W. Lincolnway, open Monday through Saturday 8 am to 5 pm. After they are collected, our staff will sanitize the plastic eggs and give them to local organizations for future egg hunts.

Our website is back up and running smoothly! Thank you for your patience in this matter. Visit https://www.portercountyr...
03/31/2021

Our website is back up and running smoothly! Thank you for your patience in this matter. Visit https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/ for compost site locations and hours and other miscellaneous drop-off locations for electronics, batteries, lightbulbs and more.

Our website is back up and running smoothly! Thank you for your patience in this matter. Visit https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/ for compost site locations and hours and other miscellaneous drop-off locations for electronics, batteries, lightbulbs and more.

03/30/2021

⚡💻 OUR WEBSITE IS DOWN 💻⚡
We are currently working on getting our website back up and running as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding compost sites, hours, locations or recycling, feel free to give us a call at (219) 465-3694. We apologize for any inconvenience and will let you know when our website is fixed. Thank you!

Our compost is ready! Start your garden today! Compost is available at our three compost sites: Valparaiso, Boone Grove ...
03/26/2021

Our compost is ready! Start your garden today! Compost is available at our three compost sites: Valparaiso, Boone Grove and Portage. Check out our hours, locations and what to bring with you this weekend: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/compost-sites/

Our compost is ready! Start your garden today! Compost is available at our three compost sites: Valparaiso, Boone Grove and Portage. Check out our hours, locations and what to bring with you this weekend: https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/compost-sites/

Bought a new cell phone? Drop off your used cell phones, and their chargers, to either our Valparaiso Compost Site, loca...
03/24/2021

Bought a new cell phone? Drop off your used cell phones, and their chargers, to either our Valparaiso Compost Site, located at 2150 W. Lincolnway, or Boone Grove Compost Site, located at 546 S. 400 W. The Valparaiso site is open Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm, while the Boone Grove site is open 9 am to 4 pm on the same days.

Bought a new cell phone? Drop off your used cell phones, and their chargers, to either our Valparaiso Compost Site, located at 2150 W. Lincolnway, or Boone Grove Compost Site, located at 546 S. 400 W. The Valparaiso site is open Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm, while the Boone Grove site is open 9 am to 4 pm on the same days.

Happy World Water Day! 🌎 Did you know that 70% of Earth is covered in water? And yet we are only able to use 2% of that ...
03/22/2021

Happy World Water Day! 🌎 Did you know that 70% of Earth is covered in water? And yet we are only able to use 2% of that for cleaning, drinking and cooking. Here's a few simple tips to help conserve this limited resource:
💧 Turn the faucet off while you brush or shave
🚿 Take shorter showers
☔ Capture rainwater
What are you doing to save water?

Happy World Water Day! 🌎 Did you know that 70% of Earth is covered in water? And yet we are only able to use 2% of that for cleaning, drinking and cooking. Here's a few simple tips to help conserve this limited resource:
💧 Turn the faucet off while you brush or shave
🚿 Take shorter showers
☔ Capture rainwater
What are you doing to save water?

Check out this article about the scourge of microplastics in the Great Lakes. When plastics find their way into the envi...
03/19/2021
Microplastics and algae tangle in the Great Lakes

Check out this article about the scourge of microplastics in the Great Lakes. When plastics find their way into the environment, they don't biodegrade, they can only break down into tinier and tinier fragments that then accumulate in increasingly higher concentrations. This deep dive into the problem features quotes from our Citizen's Advisory Committee Board Member Dr. Julie Peller.

https://www.ehn.org/great-lakes-plastic-algae-2651097829/microfibers

Algae can catch up to a trillion pieces of microplastics, according to a new study.

Global Recycling Day is today! An estimated 75% of waste can be recycled, but only about 30% actually gets recycled. Rec...
03/18/2021

Global Recycling Day is today! An estimated 75% of waste can be recycled, but only about 30% actually gets recycled. Recycling transforms ordinary items that we use every day to be new products. This process can conserve energy, reduce the size of landfills, and preserve our natural resources. What will you recycle today?

Global Recycling Day is today! An estimated 75% of waste can be recycled, but only about 30% actually gets recycled. Recycling transforms ordinary items that we use every day to be new products. This process can conserve energy, reduce the size of landfills, and preserve our natural resources. What will you recycle today?

Choose 100% consumer waste products! This symbol means that this item was made from material that was purchased, put int...
03/17/2021

Choose 100% consumer waste products! This symbol means that this item was made from material that was purchased, put into your recycling bin or other programs, and then, turned into a new product. If you want to make sure the items you purchase are the most eco-friendly, try looking for items that contain some percentage of post-consumer waste.

*Symbol has been enlarged to show details.

Choose 100% consumer waste products! This symbol means that this item was made from material that was purchased, put into your recycling bin or other programs, and then, turned into a new product. If you want to make sure the items you purchase are the most eco-friendly, try looking for items that contain some percentage of post-consumer waste.

*Symbol has been enlarged to show details.

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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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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?