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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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 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 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 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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Household Hazardous Waste Collections In Your County

Everyone’s got ‘em. You know; those bottles, cans and jars in the basement and garage with chemicals and liquids that you used once and stored for future use. Do you even remember what you have? Perhaps it’s gasoline, oil, pesticides or paint. How old are those products? These chemicals often become household hazardous waste, or …

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Compost in Porter County Makes the Grade

Porter County residents who take advantage of free compost from two public compost sites for their gardens are taking home quality material, as reported by A&L Great Lakes Laboratories, Inc., a third party company hired by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction to analyze the compost. According to the test results, compost available at the …

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