executive director of Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction (PCRWR),
is reminding folks that not everything is recyclable.
From the floor at
Monday night’s meeting of the Chesterton Town Council, Hall said that
PCRWR’s contracted recycler, Homewood Disposal Service, will not
accept the following items:
* Plastic bags
(although “every retailer will take back plastic bags,” Hall said).
* Used pizza boxes.
* Aerosol cans.
* Shredded paper.
* Solo cups.
* Electronics and
* Garden hoses.
* Christmas lights.
“We’re trying to
teach people better recycling habits,” Hall noted. “Recycling is only
effective if the recycler can process and market the recycled materials.”
told the council that the PCRWR recycling containers located on the east
side of the Strack & Van Til in Chesterton have been retrofitted with
smaller openings, in an effort to disincentivize people’s dropping off junk
like old toilets, lumber, and furniture. “It takes a little longer to do it
now,” she said.
PCRWR is currently
working on the installation of a surveillance camera at the Strack site, so
that information on improper drop-offs can be collected and forwarded to law
enforcement, Hall added.
Hall also reminded
folks that they can leave their old smoke alarms at the Chesterton fire
station. All smoke alarms contain a “minute amount of radioactive material,”
she said, and must thus be handled differently, in the PCRWR’s case by a
handler in Nevada who removes the radioactive material, sends it to a
special disposal site, and then recycles the rest.
approximately 200 smoke alarms were collected at FDs throughout Porter
County, but most of them were dropped off at the CFD.
announced that PCRWR’s annual hazardous waste collection event in Chesterton
will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Westchester
Intermediate School, 1050 S. Fifth St. in Chesterton.