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Porter County, Indiana – Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction will help Porter County residents safely dispose of their old pesticides, gasoline, fluorescent light bulbs and other products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients at six household hazardous waste collection events this year.
All collections will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays: May 4 and Oct. 12 at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso; June 15 and Aug. 3 at Portage High School; 6450 U.S. Highway 6; July 6 at Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 S. 5th St., Chesterton; and July 27 at Hebron Middle/High School Campus, 509 S. Main St. Wait times will vary.
Items accepted at these events include anti-freeze; oil; batteries (household and automotive); corrosives; medications; mercury containing products (fluorescent tubes, CFLs, thermometers, thermostats, etc.); thinners and solvents; pesticides and other poisons; diesel fuel, kerosene, other flammable liquids; and ammunition. A list of acceptable products is available on the Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction website, www.PorterCountyRecycling.org.
For the first time in years, latex paint will not be accepted at any collection.
“Latex paint is not hazardous waste,” said Porter County Recycling Executive Director Therese Haller. “We can no longer afford to take this material that residents can safely throw in the trash.”
Residents must dry out their latex paint before throwing it in the trash. They can bring usable latex paint to the City of Hobart paint recycling facility.
Old gas cans will be exchanged for new environmentally friendly 2.5-gallon gas cans at each household hazardous waste collection event. Supplies will be limited and 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 permanent locations around Porter County that accept medications, fluorescent light bulbs, latex paint and household batteries on a continuous basis, so residents can properly dispose of these products at their convenience instead of waiting in line at an event. The websitewww.PorterCountyRecycling.org lists these alternatives.
The May 4 collection at the Porter County Expo will allow Porter County residents to dispose of their old tires. The first four tires up to 20 inches are free; the disposal fee for each additional tire up to 20 inches is $3. Residents can dispose of tires from 21 to 25 inches for $5 each, and tires more than 25 inches for $15 each.
For more information on household hazardous waste collection events, call Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction, 465-3694 or visit www.PorterCountyRecycling.org.
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.
2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collections
2019 Annual Events Calendar