Organic Material Available at Porter County Compost Sites

This organic material is available at public compost sites in Porter County whiles supplies last. It’s always best to call our office, 219-465-3694, during office hours to confirm material availability. All Porter County residents are invited to come in with their buckets and shovels and take as much as they want. Self-loading of material is …

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Celebrating One Year of Recycling Smoke Detectors

Porter County residents have had the ability to recycle their old smoke detectors over the last year, thanks to a program we launched July 1, 2018. The program is the first of its kind in Northwest Indiana and one of only a couple offered throughout the state. Since the program’s inception, the solid waste district …

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Congrats to Our Newest Master Recycler

A Valparaiso resident successfully completed all the requirements to become Porter County’s newest Certified Master Recycler. Jane Biuckie was recognized at the July 9 Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction board meeting. She completed 30 volunteer hours, thereby achieving all requirements of the Porter County Master Recycler Program, sponsored by the district. Biuckie fulfilled her …

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Add Mulch to Your Gardens for Beauty and Function

We sponsor grinding at the public compost sites in Porter County to give the brush and branches brought in from various municipalities and Porter County residents a new purpose in the gardens of residents. Yes, your branches get recycled! Mulch is available free to all Porter County residents. Its benefits in gardens and landscaping include: Weed control: …

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Punt Those Pizza Boxes Out of Your Recycle Bins

If you’re planning a pizza-filled gathering, think twice before putting those pizza boxes into your curbside recycling bins. We’ve all been trained that paper and cardboard are recyclable. However, what makes your pizza delicious also reduces the recyclability of the boxes in which they were delivered. Boxes soaked with food and grease are not recyclable …

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Styrofoam Is Not Recyclable In Northwest Indiana

Expanded polystyrene (EPS), generically called Styrofoam, which is actually a Dow Chemical Company trademark, is NOT RECYCLABLE anywhere in Northwest Indiana. Many people believe that because it is a type of plastic, they can place it in their curbside recycling bins/totes or in our drop-off recycling containers; however, it is a major contaminant for the facilities …

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plastic bag recycling

Recycle Plastic Bags, But Not at the Curb

Plastic bags should never be placed in your curbside recycling collection in Northwest Indiana. However, plastic bags can be brought to many convenient locations around the area where they will ultimately get recycled. Visit the website, www.plasticfilmrecycling.org, enter your zip code, and discover a number of places locally where you can take your plastic bags and …

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Porter County Recycling Sites Have Changed

Plagued by bad behavior at six drop-off recycling sites, Porter County Recycling staff has changed the way the agency operates its service. The drop-off sites provide new boxes with locked lids that feature restricted openings to help discourage contamination; however, service changes may not stop there if user behavior doesn’t improve. GET THE RECYCLING GUIDELINES HERE! “If the behavior …

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2019

Resolve to Do One More Environmental Thing In 2019

The New Year’s holiday gives everyone a chance to start over. Most New Year’s resolutions involve improving personal well-being, finances, careers, education and overall self. What are your 2019 resolutions? Consider adding an environmental New Year’s resolution or two to improve not only your own personal well-being, but the well-being of others. For example, if …

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