Rain Barrels
Rain Barrels

Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction is proud to offer options for both residents and community organizations to bring rain barrels to their homes and properties. By collecting rainfall from rooftops, rain barrels help conserve our finite freshwater resources, reduce rainwater flowing into storm sewers, improve water quality and serve as a source of non-chlorinated water perfect for plants.

The upcycled barrels are food-grade containers that were once used to ship olives and pickles and were diverted from the waste stream where they could have been landfilled! During their transition, the barrels were cleaned and rinsed with PH neutral soap so that the water they collect is ultimately safe for gardens and house plants.


Residents may purchase upcycled rain barrels from Upcycled Products Inc. In addition, residents of the City of Valparaiso may be eligible for discounted pricing on one barrel.

Schools and Community Organizations

Porter County schools and community organizations are invited to apply for a grant for up to two rain barrels to be installed in public spaces.

Eligible organizations include homeowners’ associations, property owners’ associations, community gardens, schools and parks that have accessible and highly used public spaces. Rain barrels must be installed in public spaces, including community green spaces and gazebos, community gardens, schools and parks.

Rain barrels should be installed where collected rainwater will reduce storm water runoff and serve as water for surrounding vegetation. In addition, barrels should be highly visible to all visitors and have educational signage to encourage personal use of rain barrels.

Download the application materials below and submit the completed application to us electronically at You can also contact us for more information.

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Funding for this program was provided in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coastal Program.

Past Grant Recipients

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