Drop-Off Recycling

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Drop-off Recycling:

These sites are available for all Porter County residents and businesses to use when:

  • they don’t have access to curbside recycling
  • they have more recyclables that don’t fit inside their curbside recycling container

These sites accept exactly the same materials residents can place in their curbside recycling totes. 

Drop-off Recycling Locations:

  • Boone Grove Fire Department, 319 West 550 South, Valparaiso
  • Burns Harbor Street Department, 310 Navajo Trail
  • Chesterton, 1600 Pioneer Trail (Strack & VanTil)
  • Hebron Municipal Building, 125 N. Main St.
  • Kouts Town Garage, 406 S. Kouts. St.
  • Portage, Willowcreek Middle School, 5962 Central Ave. (in front of Boys & Girls Club)
  • Valparaiso, 2168 W. U.S. 30 (Strack & VanTil)

Accepted Materials:

  • Food & beverage cartons: milk, juice, broth, soup, etc.
  • Aluminum & other metal cans
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Newspapers, brochures & inserts
  • File folders & office paper
  • Greeting cards, regular & junk mail
  • Paperboard boxes
  • #1- #7 Plastic containers, excluding #6
  • Corrugated cardboard, flattened
  • Magazines & catalogs
  • Phone books


  • Leave caps on plastic and glass bottles and jars.
  • Rinsing out containers is not necessary (unless you want to avoid an odor problem in your container).

Materials NOT Accepted:

  • Plastic bags
  • Mattresses
  • Self-stick labels, gum/candy wrappers, tissue paper, waxed paper, paper cups, paper towels, shredded paper, used paper plates, pizza boxes. No fiber soiled with food waste.
  • Window glass, plate glass, dishes, ceramics, light bulbs or mirror, or Pyrex.
  • Shredded paper
  • Wood - No pallets or construction lumber
  • Hazardous Waste - No motor oil, paint, automotive batteries, antifreeze or liquids of any kinds
  • Styrofoam (packing peanuts, carry-out containers), CD/DVD cases, plastic silverware, film plastics (plastic bags, saran wrap, shrink wrap, bubble wrap), Solo cups, prescription bottles, vinyl siding, swimming pool liners or children's pools
  • Scrap metal, appliances or aluminum siding, aerosol cans or aluminum foil.
  • Clothing, shoes or furniture
  • Vinyl siding
  • Tires
  • Electronic waste
  • Used oil containers
  • Medical waste
  • Yard waste
  • Trash
  • Food waste

Whether you have curbside recycling collection from your municipality, contract with a waste hauler, or use our drop-off locations, here are the guidelines to recycling for all Porter County residents.

If you are unsure if you can recycle a particular material at the curb, please contact the District, 219-465-3694.