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Porter County, Indiana – Mark your calendars! Porter County residents have one last chance this year to properly dispose of their old and unused pesticides, gasoline, and other household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients.
The final household hazardous waste (HHW) collection event of 2017, sponsored by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. Attendees should enter Gate 3. Unlike the first collection of this year only household hazardous waste will be accepted; no tires will be collected.
Examples of acceptable HHW products include aerosols; anti-freeze; oil; batteries (household and automotive); corrosives; mercury containing products (fluorescent tubes, CFLs, thermometers, thermostats, etc.); oil-based paint, thinners and solvents; pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and other poisons; diesel fuel, gasoline, kerosene, other flammable liquids; ammunition and expired medications.
Controlled medications, compressed gas cylinders, medical waste, asbestos, grill propane cylinders, commercial hazardous waste, containers larger than five gallons, explosives and radioactive materials (like smoke detectors) will not be accepted.
For a complete list of accepted products, visit www.PorterCountyRecycling.org or call 465-3694.The next household hazardous waste collection event will not take place until May 2018.
Old gas cans will be exchanged for new environmentally friendly 2.5-gallon gas cans. Supplies of these cans are limited, and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one new gas can per vehicle/family. Gas cans are compliments of Northwest Indiana Clean Air.
There are alternate locations that accept old/unused medications, fluorescent light bulbs, household batteries and latex paint on a regular basis, so residents do not have to attend a collection to properly dispose of these products.
Unused medications, for example, are accepted at the following police departments: Porter, 50 Francis St.; Valparaiso, 355 S. Washington St.; Chesterton, 790 Broadway; Portage, 6260 Central Ave.; Porter County Sheriff's Department, 2755 S. Ind. 49, and Hebron, 106 East Sigler St.
Fluorescent tube lights and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) can be recycled at either Porter County public compost site: Valparaiso, 2150 W. Lincolnway, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; or Boone Grove, 546 S. 400 W., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Household batteries can be recycled at a number of places throughout Porter County. Visit the district website www.PorterCountyRecycling.org for a complete listing.
Though latex paint is accepted at these collection events, it is not considered household hazardous waste and can safely be thrown in the trash when dried completely.
The staff at Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction asks residents to be discerning when bringing their old latex paint to collection events. Latex paint should not be brought to the collections if cans are smaller than one gallon; gallon cans are less than half full; cans are corroded/rusty; rattle noises are heard when cans are shaken; paint has been sitting longer than one year; paint was stored in unheated areas, like garages or sheds, over winter; or paint that was obviously frozen.
The City of Hobart also accepts usable latex paint donations from Porter County residents at its Department of Public Works site, 340 S. Shelby St., Mondays through Fridays, between 7 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.; and Saturdays, between 8 and 11:45 a.m. The latex paint must be usable.
Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction is an agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life by providing services and educational programs which help residents reduce, reuse, and recycle.