stryofoam

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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recycling guidelines

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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plastic bottle cap recycling

Keep Your Caps On!

Many people believe when you recycle anything with a cap, the cap must go into the recycle bin separate from the bottle, jar or carton on which it came. In Northwest Indiana, however, all caps should be placed securely on their containers before placing them in the curbside recycling bin. That’s right; after you empty

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latex paint recycling

Latex Paint No Longer Accepted at Collections

The Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction Board voted at its Nov. 13, 2018, meeting to discontinue accepting latex paint at household hazardous waste mobile collection events. “Latex paint is not hazardous waste,” said Porter County Recycling Executive Director Therese Haller. “We can no longer afford to take this material that residents can safely throw in

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recycling

Recycling Inside vs. Outside the Curbside Bin

America Recycles Day is November 15!  The staff at Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction would like to spotlight that often confusing and frustrating ritual that residents try to do for the sake of the environment. When we talk about recycling, generally people think it’s about the materials they place inside their curbside recycling bins

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portage ymca recycled paint

Portage Township Y Modernizes Facility with Recycled Paint

Sprucing up your facility doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. Just ask Portage Township YMCA President/CEO Shannon Burhans. After learning about the cost-effectiveness of recycled latex paint during a Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction presentation, Burhans recommended the product be incorporated into the facelift of many of the facility’s rooms. “We

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