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Hazardous waste collection: Six events for Porter County in 2018

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Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction will host six household hazardous waste collection events this year.

All collections will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are scheduled for the following Saturdays:

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 basis.

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 event.

For information, call 465-3694 or visit

Some reminders

Unused medications 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 Police Department.

Walgreen's at 6001 Central Avenue, Portage, will also take unused medications.

Household batteries can be recycled in Porter County. See for a complete listing.

Fluorescent tube 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 11:45 a.m.


Posted 3/28/2018




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