Earth Day is an occasion for people from all walks of life to celebrate the planet and learn about sustainability and environmental stewardship. For Earth Day 2021, the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is sponsoring a slate of special events that can be enjoyed while implementing Covid-19 protocols. Highlights will be: attending a virtual Master Recycler class, subscribing to the District’s newsletter, and picking up a tree sapling while disposing of household hazardous waste. The current tentative event schedule is listed below:
• During the week of Earth Day, April 19-23, be on the lookout for special Earth Day Tips and Tricks in the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County’s monthly newsletter. Get ideas about how you can reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink in everyday life. Anyone can join the newsletter online at https://www.
• On April 21st at 6:30 pm, tune in to the Recycling and Waste Reduction District’s Facebook page for a live Q and A about the many recycling services available in Porter County. Bring your questions, comments, or a tricky item you are not sure how to dispose and our Public Education Coordinator will provide guidance via Facebook live. Log onto the stream at www.facebook.com/
• The Spring 2021 Virtual Master Recycler Class will commence on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. The Master Recycler Class is open to individuals who live or work in Porter County and features guest speakers who will help attendees gain a deeper understanding of waste reduction issues beyond their curbside bin. Topics include waste prevention, recycling processes, household hazardous waste, home composting, and more! Due to Covid-19, this year's course will be conducted entirely online through Zoom: Thursdays 6:30pm – 8:00p.m beginning April 22nd through May 20th. (Class size is limited to 30 participants and costs $30. Once training is completed, students commit to 30 hours of volunteer time to inspire others in their community to reduce waste at home and at work.) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
• On Saturday, May 1st Porter County residents can pick up a free tree sapling during the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event at the Porter County Expo Center at 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso, IN. Saplings are free to the first 500 Porter County residents, one per car load, while supplies last. Household Hazardous Waste Collections are an opportunity for residents to dispose of their old cans of cleaners, solvents, oil, gasoline, and other assorted chemicals.