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Discover the ways you can help reduce waste and have an impact in your community.

Bring a Recycling and Waste Reduction Expert to You

Do you have questions about recyclability? Are you unsure on what can go in your curbside recycling bin? Interested in how best to encourage proper recycling in your workplace? Is your business, after school group, garden club, nonprofit, or community organization seeking deeper understanding of recycling in Porter County?

The Recycling and Waste Reduction District hosts free talks and tailored presentations to help organizations learn the ins and outs of the county’s waste reduction efforts. Presentations can be made either in person or online via Zoom.

Your group can gain valuable insights and practical tips about topics like:

  • What Goes In Your Recycling Bin?
  • Porter County’s Large Scale Compost Sites
  • Special Event Recycling
  • Electronics Recycling
  • Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • And Much More!

Contact us today to learn more and schedule a presentation for your organization. We are pleased to offer presentations to a wide range of organizations, from senior groups to church groups, Rotary, Kiwanis, Key Club, Scouts, non-profit organizations, after school groups, student council, and businesses.

recycling presentations

Master Recycler Program

Take your waste reduction knowledge to the next level and make a difference!

This class is geared toward area residents with interest in waste prevention, recycling, and composting. The course features guest speakers and field trips that help students gain environmental knowledge beyond their curbside bin.

Topics include:

  • Waste prevention
  • Recycling processes
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Home composting
  • Water quality protection
  • Other recycling opportunities

The class is limited to 30 participants and costs $30. Registration for our next course is currently full; check back soon to register for future classes.Applicants that apply after the class is full will be placed on a waiting list and notified when the next course is scheduled. Once training is completed, class participants commit to 30 hours of volunteer time to inspire others in their community to reduce waste in the home and at work. Our next course will be held each Tuesday January 9-February 6 (5 weeks total) 10:30am-noon at 155 Indiana Ave, Valparaiso, IN.

If you’re interested in registering for an upcoming Master Recycler class, follow the link below and complete your information.

Volunteer Hour Tracking for Master Recyclers

Adopt-A-County Road

Area residents can impact Porter County’s quality of life, property values, water quality and safety by adopting a two mile stretch of county road.

Rain Barrels

Collecting and using rainwater in daily living helps individuals to be more water efficient. Rain barrels also help reduce the amount of water flowing into storm drains and waterways. NWI non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for a grant providing rain barrels for public spaces. Applications required. Supplies limited.

Special Event Recycling

Event recycle containers are great for graduation parties, fundraisers, concerts, and gatherings where large amounts of waste can easily be generated. Hosts and event organizers can prevent large amounts of recyclables from entering landfills by helping guests to separate their waste.

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