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About Us
About Us
Dedicated to Improving the Environment and Quality of Life in Porter County

The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County is the local government authority for information about recycling, yard waste and household hazardous waste services that serves the residents and businesses of Porter County.

We are one of 70 solid waste management districts created by the State of Indiana in 1990 with the adoption of House Enrolled Act 1240. Each solid waste management district is funded differently and provides slightly different services to serve the distinct needs of its population.

Our

Mission

Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction is an agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life by providing services and educational programs which help residents reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Our

Vision

Every person in Porter County engages in an effective waste reduction lifestyle.

Our

Funding

We are funded primarily by an annual $20 user fee added on to the county tax bill of each household and business. The fee averages out to a little more than $8 per year per person in Porter County.

Our

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of the three county commissioners, the mayor and a councilperson from the largest municipality, a county councilperson, and a third municipal representative appointed by the county commissioners.

The Board is responsible for working with staff to set District policies and standards as well as perform as accountable elected officials regarding such.

Additionally, the Board appoints individuals to the Citizens Advisory Committee, an intermediary and advisory panel, which works with the staff to monitor District services and make programmatic recommendations to the Board of elected officials.

Our

Citizens Advisory Committee

The Citizens Advisory Committee members are made up of Porter County citizens who possess a passion for the environment and a desire to be part of a team, which can affect change.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2024 Citizen’s Advisory Committee appointments. Applications will be accepted through January 5, 2024.

Our Staff

keri mars barron

Keri Marrs Barron

Executive Director

allison andersen

Allison Andersen

Educator

dawn garmon

Dawn Garmon

Deputy Director / Controller

gabi gresham

Gabrielle Gresham

Public Relations Coordinator

jane jones

Jane Jones

Administrative Assistant

ellen kapitan

Ellen Kapitan

Administrative Assistant

ruby ziembicki

Ruby Ziembicki

Administrative Assistant

steve dolak

Steve Dolak

Operator

bill carney

Bill Carney

Compost Site Attendant

jim jaske

Jim Jaske

Compost Site Attendant

jim r

Bob R.

Compost Site Attendant

chuck stockham

Chuck Stockham

Field Operations

don groff

Don Groff

Utility

bob heinlein

Bob Heinlein

Compost Site Attendant

jeff clinkenbeard

Jeff Clinkenbeard

Compost Site Attendant

Our 2024 Board of Directors

Barb Regnitz, Chair

Porter County Commissioner

Jim Ton, Vice Chair

Chesterton Town Council

Jim Biggs

Porter County Commissioner

Laura Blaney

Porter County Commissioner

Austin Bonta

Mayor of Portage

Gina Giese-Hurst

Portage City Council

Sylvia Graham

Porter County City Council

Clay Patton

Attorney

Citizen’s Advisory Committee

Duane Davison, Chair

Valparaiso

Erin Urschel, Vice Chair

Valparaiso

Cassie Dalton

Valparaiso

Emily Bretl, Secretary

Chesterton

Ann Barone

Valparaiso

Walt Breitinger

Valparaiso

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