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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.

Operating as usual

REUSE FAIR 2023: Calling all organizations ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ’šโ™ป๏ธ
01/04/2023

REUSE FAIR 2023: Calling all organizations ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ’šโ™ป๏ธ

Reminder: CAC Applications Due FridayRegistration is still open for the Citizenโ€™s Advisory Committee via https://porterc...
01/03/2023

Reminder: CAC Applications Due Friday
Registration is still open for the Citizenโ€™s Advisory Committee via https://portercountyrecycling.org/application-for-citizens-advisory-committee/
Applicants will complete a short form with their educational and work background. Minimum of one applicant must be a solid waste industry representative. Applications are due January 6, 2023.

Hereโ€™s to another year of reducing, reusing and recycling! Wishing you a wonderful, sustainable new year, from all of us...
01/01/2023

Hereโ€™s to another year of reducing, reusing and recycling! Wishing you a wonderful, sustainable new year, from all of us at Porter County Recycling.

12/31/2022

Join us for an end of year recap of the programs we offered and the all the recycling we accomplished in 2022!

Can you believe it is almost 2023?! Make your resolutions count by following our recycling guidelines or visiting one of...
12/29/2022

Can you believe it is almost 2023?! Make your resolutions count by following our recycling guidelines or visiting one of our many drop off locations. ๐ŸŽ‰
https://portercountyrecycling.org/

A new year is on its way, so what do you do with your old calendar? You can repurpose it! Here are some ideas to inspire...
12/28/2022

A new year is on its way, so what do you do with your old calendar? You can repurpose it! Here are some ideas to inspire your creativity:

-Frame the calendar pages to make art
-Make a refrigerator magnet
-DIY bookmarks
-Repurpose into drink coasters
-Save it to use for bonfire kindling

Do you have any fun ideas on how to repurpose old calendars? Drop them in the comments below!

ATTENTION: Due to the unexpected weather conditions, Porter County has announced updates regarding district offices and ...
12/22/2022

ATTENTION: Due to the unexpected weather conditions, Porter County has announced updates regarding district offices and sites closures.

Valparaiso Compost Site is closing at noon today, December 22, 2022 and will reopen on Monday, December 26, 2022 at 10am.
Our District office will be closing at noon today, December 22rd through the 26th, reopening Tuesday, December 27th, 2022 at 8:30am.

For more information, contact the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County at [email protected] or visit www.portercountyrecycling.org.

Just a friendly reminder of our hours for the holiday weekend!
12/22/2022

Just a friendly reminder of our hours for the holiday weekend!

12/22/2022

All Porter County Government Offices & Courts Will Be Closed As Of Noon Today, December 22nd because of the forecasted blizzard conditions. FYI...County government offices will also be closed on Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 for Christmas.

Forecasts are calling for widespread blizzard conditions this Thursday into Friday. Due to projected weather and for the...
12/21/2022

Forecasts are calling for widespread blizzard conditions this Thursday into Friday. Due to projected weather and for the safety of our staff, Valparaiso Compost Site will be closed Friday, December 23, 2022 and will reopen at 10am Monday, December 26, 2022.
Our District office will be closed December 23rd through the 26th, reopening Tuesday, December 27th, 2022 at 8:30am.

12/21/2022

Did you know we offer electronics drop-off recycling at our compost sites? Watch this video with Ellen to learn more about our most frequently asked about electronic items that ARE RECYCLABLE!

Amazon padded shipping envelopes - are they recyclable? YES! However, the blue and white padded envelopes are considered...
12/20/2022

Amazon padded shipping envelopes - are they recyclable? YES! However, the blue and white padded envelopes are considered plastic film. They must be recycled at designated local plastic film recycling locations, which includes the Valparaiso Compost Site located at 2150 W. Lincolnway.

If you need directions, click here: https://portercountyrecycling.org/valparaiso-compost-site/

12/16/2022

What can you recycle this holiday season? Watch the video and play along for some Christmas recycling trivia! Did you learn anything new?

Q: Can I recycle my Christmas lights?A: YES! Bring them to the Valparaiso Compost Site where we will accept them with el...
12/14/2022

Q: Can I recycle my Christmas lights?

A: YES! Bring them to the Valparaiso Compost Site where we will accept them with electronics recycling! You can also check with your local Lowe's Home Improvement, The Home Depot, and Ace Hardware stores that may have seasonal light recycling programs!

Glass ornaments are prone to breaking every once in a while, so what do you do with the pieces? If the ornament holds se...
12/13/2022

Glass ornaments are prone to breaking every once in a while, so what do you do with the pieces? If the ornament holds sentimental value, consider upcycling it by placing the broken pieces inside a transparent glass ball ornament!

Unfortunately, most broken glass or plastic ornaments cannot be recycled and must be discarded in the trash. Broken glass, like shattered light bulbs or a broken vase, should be placed INSIDE of a paper bag or cardboard box (like a cereal box or snack box) prior to placing in your garbage bags. By doing this, there is less risk of broken glass slicing through your plastic garbage bag and injuring our team members!

Porter County Holiday Recycling Guide ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ„  EDIT: TISSUE PAPER IS NOT RECYCLABLE IN PORTER COUNTY
12/13/2022

Porter County Holiday Recycling Guide ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ„

EDIT: TISSUE PAPER IS NOT RECYCLABLE IN PORTER COUNTY

You are invited to attend Recycling and Waste Reduction's next board meeting, Tuesday, December 13th at 1:30pm. This mee...
12/12/2022

You are invited to attend Recycling and Waste Reduction's next board meeting, Tuesday, December 13th at 1:30pm. This meeting will be held at Porter County Administration Center, Room 205. Please mark your calendar and join us there.

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON! Starting December 10th, the Boone Grove and Portage compost sites will be closed until March 2023...
12/08/2022

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON! Starting December 10th, the Boone Grove and Portage compost sites will be closed until March 2023. Our Valparaiso compost site will remain open through the winter.

Are plastic toys recyclable? โ™ป๏ธ ๐Ÿค” The short answer is no. Many toys contain small and mixed plastic components that are ...
12/06/2022

Are plastic toys recyclable? โ™ป๏ธ ๐Ÿค” The short answer is no. Many toys contain small and mixed plastic components that are difficult to separate for recycling. When your child outgrows their plastic toys, consider donating them to extend their life and keep them out of growing landfills!

Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction has partnered with Porter County Public Library System to host our first Fix-I...
12/06/2022

Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction has partnered with Porter County Public Library System to host our first Fix-It Fair, an event that highlights reuse, inviting the community to get items repaired at no cost. Volunteers and professionals provide repair at these events and educate attendees on how to make their own repairs.

Services are available for a variety of repairs such as simple sewing repair, jewelry, small appliances, IT: Computer and electronic, clocks, small furniture assembly/repair, and glasses.

Attend our next event January 28th at Valparaiso Public Library (103 Jefferson St.) to get your items fixed.
PLEASE SIGN UP NOW TO VOLUNTEER AS A FIXER OR RSVP AS AN ATTENDEE:
portercountyrecycling.org/fix-it-fair/

Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at Porter County Recycling!We are so thankful for our Porter County communities that ...
11/24/2022

Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at Porter County Recycling!

We are so thankful for our Porter County communities that are making an effort to recycle right! Thank you for doing your part to make our corner of the world a better place.

11/23/2022
Plastic Film Recycling

One of the most common questions we get is "what do I do with plastic film?" So, we made a video! Watch to learn more!

Just a friendly reminder for the holiday weekend! ๐ŸฆƒOur office will be closed Thursday - Sunday. See below for compost si...
11/21/2022

Just a friendly reminder for the holiday weekend! ๐Ÿฆƒ

Our office will be closed Thursday - Sunday. See below for compost site openings.

Are you handy? Put your skills to use January 28th, 2023, at our FIRST Fix-It Fair! ๐Ÿ”ง*More details to come once Fixers a...
11/18/2022

Are you handy? Put your skills to use January 28th, 2023, at our FIRST Fix-It Fair! ๐Ÿ”ง

*More details to come once Fixers are confirmed*

Say hello to Gabby and Ellen today at Strack and Van Til stores across Porter County! They are handing out reusable bags...
11/15/2022

Say hello to Gabby and Ellen today at Strack and Van Til stores across Porter County! They are handing out reusable bags to celebrate America Recycles Day! Theyโ€™re at the Valpo North location until 10am then will be in Portage from 10:30-11:30am and Chesterton from 12-1pm!

November 15th is America Recycles Day! We'll be handing out reusable grocery bags to help our communities reduce plastic...
11/15/2022

November 15th is America Recycles Day! We'll be handing out reusable grocery bags to help our communities reduce plastic waste. Come find us at TOMORROW at the Strack's grocery stores in Portage, Valpo (North Location) and Chesterton!

Happy early Veterans Day! Thank you to all veterans for serving our nation. A special shoutout to our staff vets, Jim an...
11/10/2022

Happy early Veterans Day! Thank you to all veterans for serving our nation. A special shoutout to our staff vets, Jim and Chuck.

On 11/11, ALL COMPOST SITES WILL BE OPEN from 8am-4pm, our district office will be closed.

Did you know Strack & Van Til offers 5 cents off for each reusable shopping bag you use to package your groceries?! Be o...
11/08/2022

Did you know Strack & Van Til offers 5 cents off for each reusable shopping bag you use to package your groceries?!

Be on the lookout for Ellen and Gabrielle on America Recycles Day, November 15th at the Strack's grocery stores in Portage, Valpo (North Location) and Chesterton! They'll be handing out these reusable grocery bags to help our communities reduce plastic bag waste!

Don't forget to vote AND properly dispose of your campaign signs! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโ™ป๏ธIf you cannot find political groups to take the si...
11/08/2022

Don't forget to vote AND properly dispose of your campaign signs! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโ™ป๏ธ
If you cannot find political groups to take the signs back or will not reuse them, these are the steps you can take.
Step 1: Dismantle the sign
Step 2: Place board portion in the trash
Step 3: Take metal frames to a scrap recycler for some cold, hard cash
(Note: Campaign flyers and mailers CAN go in your recycle bin)

Are you participating in No-Shave November? Joining in this cause will help save on plastic waste by not purchasing and ...
11/07/2022

Are you participating in No-Shave November? Joining in this cause will help save on plastic waste by not purchasing and using razors, save water, and raise cancer awareness.

If you resume shaving, consider investing in an electric razor, which have a lower carbon footprint. Americans toss out 2 billion disposable razors every year (according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), and unfortunately most of them can't be recycled. Drop us a note in the comments if you're participating in !

11/07/2022

After a windy weekend, you probably want to ๐Ÿ‚LEAF ๐Ÿ‚some things at our compost site! All compost sites are open Monday through Saturday, 8am to 4pm.

Leaves can be brought in bags or on trailers and need to be emptied by the resident upon arrival.

๐Ÿšจ ATTENTION! ๐Ÿšจ Effective NOVEMBER 7TH, the hours at our compost sites (Boone Grove, Valparaiso, and Portage) will be red...
11/03/2022

๐Ÿšจ ATTENTION! ๐Ÿšจ Effective NOVEMBER 7TH, the hours at our compost sites (Boone Grove, Valparaiso, and Portage) will be reduced to Monday โ€“ Saturday, 8am โ€“ 4pm due to daylight savings!

https://portercountyrecycling.org/where-to-recycle/

REMINDER: Leaves can be dropped off at our compost sites. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ
11/02/2022

REMINDER: Leaves can be dropped off at our compost sites. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

Don't forget! You can recycle your traditional jack-o-lantern pumpkins, gourds, straw and corn stalks at our compost sit...
11/01/2022

Don't forget! You can recycle 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. โ™ป๏ธ๐ŸŽƒ

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

Don't forget, pumpkins free of glitter, paint and glue can be dropped off at our compost sites!
10/28/2022

Don't forget, pumpkins free of glitter, paint and glue can be dropped off at our compost sites!

Raise a can or bottle to National American Beer Day! โ€ฆand when you're finished make sure you recycle them either curbsid...
10/28/2022

Raise a can or bottle to National American Beer Day! โ€ฆand when you're finished make sure you recycle them either curbside or at one of our drop-off recycling locations. Here are some tips to remember when recycling these items!

Here's a link to our drop-off locations: https://portercountyrecycling.org/drop-off-recycling-locations/

Our Executive Director joined other Porter County staff and elected officials for the Shared Ethics workplace training t...
10/27/2022

Our Executive Director joined other Porter County staff and elected officials for the Shared Ethics workplace training this morning.

10/26/2022

Do you know what you CAN and CAN'T put in a recycling bin? Watch our short video to learn more!

Happy National Food Day! This day was created to raise awareness about nutrition and take a step towards eradicating hun...
10/24/2022

Happy National Food Day! This day was created to raise awareness about nutrition and take a step towards eradicating hunger. Wholesome food that is currently wasted could help feed families in need. Most people don't realize how often they waste food and the negative impacts it can have for food security, the environment, and climate change.

Tips for how you help reduce food loss and waste:
๐Ÿ‘‰ avoid buying too much
๐Ÿ‘‰ make a shopping list
๐Ÿ‘‰ organize your kitchen with FIFO (first in, first out)
๐Ÿ‘‰ freeze extras
๐Ÿ‘‰ compost your scraps

What are some ways you help reduce food waste?

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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