Register Now for the 2024 NWI Earth Day Celebration
Register Now for the 2024 NWI Earth Day Celebration
It's Official: Our Earth Day Event Will Take Place on April 20, 2024 at the Porter County Expo Center
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Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration 2024

Every year, on April 22nd, people all around the world come together to celebrate Earth Day. This global holiday serves as a platform to raise awareness, bring about positive change, and promote eco-friendly habits. In Porter County, we are dedicated to embodying the change we wish to see. Our annual event is a testament to this commitment, featuring a wide array of environmentally themed vendors, live music, delicious food, captivating performances, inspiring guest speakers, engaging children’s activities, and numerous giveaways, all free of charge. Drawing in 2,000 residents from Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area on average, our event provides an exciting opportunity for individuals to deepen their understanding of Mother Earth. We are thrilled to announce that this year’s theme is “Planet vs. Plastics,” aligning perfectly with our ongoing efforts to reduce plastic waste.

Join us at the Porter County Expo Center on April 20th, from 9am to 1pm, as we return bigger and better than ever. Register below if you’re interested in becoming a vendor. For businesses looking to sponsor our event, we offer exclusive publicity opportunities and booth upgrades. We extend our utmost appreciation to all sponsors of the past and future for their support in making this community event a success.

“The Planet vs. Plastics campaign is a call to arms, a demand that we act now to end the scourge of plastics and safeguard the health of every living being upon our planet.”

-Kathleen Rogers, EarthDay.org President

Reuse Fair: One Mans Trash, Another Man’s Treasure

The next Reuse Fair, sponsored by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction, will take place at the 2024 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration on April 20th.

Promote “Reuse” and keep items out of the landfill by donating to organizations in need. The Reuse Fair connects participating non-profit organizations and schools that request supplies with community members who have items they no longer want. Donations will be divided amongst benefitting organizations based on wish lists.

DONATION WISH LISTS

Yost Elementary PTO

Garden Hand Tools

Bird Bath

Bird Feeder

Planter pots

Rocks/Stones/Pebbles

Sharpie markers

Popsicle sticks

Cardstock

Yoga Mats

Watering cans

 

Washington Park Zoo

Pet kennels/crates/bird cages

Plastic/silk plants

Shredded paper (no staples)

Art supplies: canvas, paint, paper

Garden tools

Chain

Pet supplies

Rope

Bird feeders

Yard tools: shovels, rakes, brooms

 

Art Barn School of Art

Gently used paint brushes

Magazines, calendars, scrapbook/origami papers

Plastic storage bins with lids

Lego bricks

wooden chairs/small tables (especially kid-sized ones) – for guests to paint at Art Blitz

digital scale

light bulbs

11×14″ canvas frames (no glass)

 

Last Chance Rescue

blankets

comforters

dog and/or cat beds

 

Kouts Elementary Art

Bubble wrap/padded shipping envelopes of all sizes

Contact paper

Wooden Rolling Pins

Art supplies

Large sponges

Liquid hand soap & dish soap

Small and Large Hot Glue Sticks

Duck Cloth/Canvas (the larger the better)

Rectangle Plastic Table Cloths

Yarn

 

Opportunity Enterprises

Fake flowers

Picture books & audiobooks on CD

Gardening supplies

Craft supplies (markers, pencils, crayons, beads, scrapbook paper, paint, paintbrushes, buttons, etc.)

Puzzles less than 100 pieces

Tools

Secondhand instruments

Sporting goods

Plastic bins and tubs

Scrap wood

 

Gibson Woods Wild Ones

One inch plastic blinds

 

Working Bikes

Bikes

ATTENDEES: Donations will only be collected at the Porter County Expo Center, April 20th 9am-11:30am. Donations must be clean and in good condition. Volunteers have the right to refuse any item before drop off. 

BENEFITTING ORGANIZATIONS: Due to limited space, we ask wish lists do not exceed ten (10) items. In an effort to maintain the theme of reuse, wish list items should be reusable, not food or new items. In order to participate, you or a member of your team must be present for the entirety of the reuse fair to assist with the division of materials. Members must collect and transport all items accepted on behalf of your organization by the end of the day.

Please email Gabrielle@PorterCountyRecycling.org for any questions. Registration is officially closed for benefitting organizations.  

2024 Vendor & Sponsor Registration

Thanks for your interest in exhibiting! Unfortunately, space at the 2024 Earth Day Celebration is all sold out. We hope to see you at the event, though, and stay tuned for Earth Day 2025 event registration information!

More than 2,000 people from all over Northwest Indiana join us at this family-friendly event each year. If your business or organization features environmentally friendly ideas, products, practices, or services, we invite you to sponsor and exhibit at the event!

Thank You to Our 2024 Sponsors!

Buy Your Rain Barrel

Attendees can now purchase a rain barrel of their own to pick up at the Earth Day Celebration!

Stormwater is water that does not infiltrate into the ground; it flows across the ground and impervious surfaces into streams, rivers, lakes, etc. Homeowners can implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce the amount of stormwater leaving their property. Installing rain barrels under downspouts is one low-cost BMP that can help reduce runoff. Rain barrels collect rainwater from rooftops during each rain event. The collected water can then be used around the landscape. You can use the water to water gardens and lawns, clean garden tools, fill fountains, extinguish campfires, etc.

Benefits of using a rain barrel:

    • Reduces runoff and non-point source pollution:

Rain barrels will capture rainwater from the roof that would otherwise become runoff. Stormwater runoff picks up pollutants such as soil, lawn fertilizers, pesticides, trash, animal waste, road salts, chemicals, etc. and transports them to waterways. These pollutants impair waterways and can harm aquatic life and human health.

    • Reduces erosion and flooding:

Increased amounts of stormwater runoff increases erosion and flooding. Capturing some of the water will reduce velocity and peak flows.

    • Saves drinking water resources and money:

According to the US EPA, 30% of daily water use is used outdoors. Using the rain barrel’s stored water around the landscape saves water resources and reduces the amount of water purchased from municipal sources.

    • Good water source for plants:

Rainwater is healthy for plants. It is often softer than tap water and does not contain chlorine.

Source

red orange rain barrel

Orders for Rain Barrel Pickup at the Earth Day Event Must Be Picked Up On

Saturday – April 20, 2024
FROM 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
AT Porter County Expo Center: 215 E. Division Rd. Valparaiso, IN

*Please bring a copy of your payment receipt to the pickup event.

Mail-In Orders DUE: April 12, 2024
Online Orders DUE: April 17, 2024

For any product questions, please contact:

Upcycle Products

Phone Number: (815) 735-9583

Email: sales@upcycle-products.com

Disclaimer: The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is not affiliated with Upcycle Products. The District does not profit from any sales conducted.

We’re Looking for Volunteers!

We’re so happy that so many folks have volunteered to make this event a success! While we no longer need additional volunteers for our 2023 event, we hope you’ll keep an eye out for opportunities to volunteer for future events.

Interested in volunteering to help make our Earth Day event a success? Simply complete the form below to sign up and we’ll be in touch with additional details!

    Rain Barrel Design Competition Rules & Guidelines

    Registration for school representatives or teachers will be available until 35 competitors have registered or Friday, March 1st, 2024, whichever comes first.

    All schools, public and private, and all grades (K-12) and homeschool cooperatives are invited to participate. TWO barrels per school/group limit.

    The Rain Barrel Design Competition is sponsored by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction and the MS4 Communities in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties.

    Sign-up for the Rain Barrel Design Competition is now closed. See each school’s work and vote for your favorite at the Earth Day event on April 22nd!

    Sign Up Today!

      Schools should expect to receive rain barrel shipments from our vendor at Upcycle Products out of Morris, IL.

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