Porter County Recycling announces collection schedule

NwiTimes - 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 Road, Valparaiso; June 15 and Aug. 3 at Portage High School; 6450 U.S. 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,

For the first time in years, latex paint will not be accepted at any collection.

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 website 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.

Call Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction, 219-465-3694 or visit

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