Can I Recycle This?
Some of our most frequently asked questions are about what types of electronics can be recycled. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind.
These Items CAN Be Recycled
Does it plug in? Does it run on batteries? We can recycle that!
String Lighting (like Christmas lights)
These Items Are Not Accepted at Our Locations
Check with local metal recyclers or scrap metal facilites to recycle these items.
For Example: Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners, and Dehumidifiers
For Example: Stoves, Washing Machines, Dryers, Dishwashers, Water Heaters, Water Softeners
VHS Tapes, Cassette Tapes and Compact Discs
Watch This Video to Learn More About Electronics Recycling!
The Portage and Valparaiso Street Departments collect electronics curbside for recycling from residents. This service is available through partnership with the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District. Not all haulers across Northwest Indiana will pick up electronics from their customers. Porter County Residents have several options available for quick and easy electronics recycling.
Electronics Recycling Locations
The state of Indiana passed legislation that went into effect Jan. 1, 2011, prohibiting households, public schools, and small businesses from mixing unwanted computer monitors, computers, televisions, printers, computer peripherals (such as keyboards and mice), DVD players, video cassette recorders or fax machines with municipal waste that is intended for disposal at a landfill or by burning or incineration.
The goal of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is to keep computers and other electronics out of landfills through reuse, remanufacturing and recycling. For more information on the hazards of electronics and the benefits of proper disposal and recycling, visit the state’s website.
We contract with Green Wave to recycle the electronics we collect.
Did You Know?
In 2021, Porter County residents recycled 418,059 lbs. of electronics through our program, which we sponsored for $53,498.
In 2022, Porter County residents recycled:
50,477 lbs. of batteries
173,988 lbs. of televisions