• Household hazardous waste collection set for June 15

    May 17, 2019
    Porter County, Indiana –Porter County residents can safely dispose of household hazardous waste at the first of two collections in Portage, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15.
    Sponsored by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction, the event will be held at Portage High School, 6450 U.S. Hwy 6.  Residents should enter the campus from Airport Road at Pan Am Boulevard, first stoplight north of Route 6. Attendees should anticipate some wait time.
    Household hazardous waste are unwanted products containing corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients. Examples of items will be accepted include aerosol cans; anti-freeze; motor and cooking oil; batteries (household and automotive); corrosives; medications; mercury containing products (fluorescent tubes, CFLs, thermometers, thermostats, etc.); oil-based paint, pesticides and other poisons; diesel fuel, kerosene, other flammable liquids; smoke detectors; and ammunition. A list of acceptable products is available on the District’s website, www.PorterCountyRecycling.org.
    Explosives, asbestos, grill propane cylinders, containers larger than five gallons, commercial hazardous waste, controlled substances and latex paint will not be accepted at this event. There will not be a gas can exchange.
    The second collection at Portage High School is scheduled for Aug. 3. Additional household hazardous waste collections throughout the county include: July 6 at Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 S. 5th St., Chesterton; July 27 at Hebron Middle/High School campus, 509 S. Main St.; and Oct. 12 at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. All collections will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    For more information on household hazardous waste collection events in Porter County, call Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction, 465-3694, or visit www.PorterCountyRecycling.org.
    There are alternate locations that accept medications, fluorescent light bulbs, and household batteries on a regular basis, so residents can properly dispose of these products at their convenience. Visit Porter County Recycling’s website to learn more.  
    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.
    Donna Stuckert, Public Education Coordinator
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