Recycling and Waste Reduction will host six household hazardous waste
collection events this year.
will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are scheduled for the following
May 12 and Oct. 6
at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road., Valparaiso
June 16 and Aug. 4
at Portage High School, 6450 U.S. Highway 6, Portage
July 7 at
Westchester Intermediate, 1050 S. 5th St., Chesterton
July 28 at Kouts
Middle/High School Campus, 502 E. College Avenue, Kouts
Items that will be
accepted at these events include: anti-freeze, oil, household and automotive
batteries, corrosives, medications, mercury containing products such as
fluorescent tubes, CFLs, thermometers and thermostats, thinners and
solvents, pesticides and other poisons, diesel fuel, kerosene and other
flammable liquids, and ammunition.
The May 12
collection at the Porter County Expo Center will also allow residents to
dispose of up to four old tires up to 20 inches for free. A disposal fee of
$3 will apply for each additional tire up to 20 inches. Residents can
dispose of tires 21 to 25 inches for $5 each and tires more than 25 inches
for $15 each.
Old gas cans will
be exchanged for new environmentally friendly 2.5-gallon gas cans at each
event. Supplies will be limited and distributed on a first-come, first-serve
There are alternate
locations 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
call 465-3694 or visit PorterCountyRecycling.org
are accepted at the following law enforcement agencies: Porter Police
Department, Valparaiso Police Department, Chesterton Police Department,
Portage Police Department, Porter County Sheriff's Department, and Hebron
Walgreen's at 6001
Central Avenue, Portage, will also take unused medications.
can be recycled in Porter County. See PorterCountyRecycling.org for a
light bulbs and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) can be recycled
anytime at either of two Porter County public compost sites: 2150 W.
Lincolnway in Valparaiso or 546 S. 400 W in Boone Grove.
Latex paint is not
considered household hazardous waste and can be placed in curbside trash
cans if dried with the lids off. For unwanted paint that is still usable,
the City of Hobart accepts latex paint donations at 340 S. Shelby St. Monday
through Friday between 7 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. and Saturday between 8 a.m. and