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Latex paint can be recycled to save our precious resources

Written by Donna Stuckert. Posted in Community News, Featured

Published on August 01, 2012 with No Comments

City of Hobart’s Department of Public Works offers recycled paint

The district is pleased to announce that Porter County residents can now recycle their old latex paint and purchase usable recycled latex paint at the City of Hobart’s Department of Public Works, thanks to an intergovernmental agreement between the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County and the City of Hobart.  This service is already enjoyed by Lake County residents.

Even though latex paint can be dried out and safely thrown in the trash, the agreement creates a great opportunity for residents to recycle and reuse it, keeping latex paint out of landfills and saving our precious resources.

Hobart has already begun accepting paint donations from Porter County residents at its Department of Public Works site, 340 S. Shelby St., Mondays through Fridays, between 7 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., and Saturdays, between 8 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Oil-based paint will not be accepted; neither will latex paint generated by businesses.

Latex paint will also be accepted at the remainder of Porter County’s household hazardous events this year:

Saturday, Aug. 11 at Portage High School and Saturday, Nov. 3 at the old/closed Pine Elementary School. Further information on these collection events is available on the district’s website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org, or by calling 219-465-3694. 

Latex paint is not a household hazardous waste; however, because people tend to bring any and all of their leftover paint to these collection events, it’s a great service to help residents reduce their waste.

The intergovernmental agreement also permits residents and businesses from Porter County to purchase the recycled paint produced by the City of Hobart for $3 per gallon. Porter County not-for-profit organizations and government agencies can obtain the recycled product for free. Again, this paint has already been available to Lake County residents and organizations.

The paint available for purchase is putty gray in color because it is a mixture of all the colors of paint that are recycled there. The recycled product is perfect to use as primer or it can be tinted the color of your choice for a nominal fee at your favorite paint store.

The intergovernmental agreement between the district and the city will continue through the end of the year when the program will be evaluated as to whether or not Porter County residents find this program valuable. So be sure to remember this service is available!

In other great news, Porter County residents who take advantage of compost from the Valparaiso, Boone Grove or Crocker compost sites are taking home quality material, according to A&L Great Lakes Laboratories, Inc., a third party hired by the district to analyze the compost.

A&L determined that the compost meets the U.S. Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance standards.  Testing our product is a good way for the district to validate its work.

Though compost producers are not required to have their compost tested, meeting these standards identifies quality so users know what they are getting.

In order to determine if the compost meets the standards of the U.S. Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance, manufacturers are required to perform the C10 test that identifies and measures elements including solids, total nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, pH, soluble salts, organic matter, fecal coli form MPN Class A), Aggregate Size Distribution, Germination, Respiration and 503 Heavy Metals.

A&L Great Lakes Laboratories, Inc. is approved by the U.S. Composting Council for conducting the C10.

The test results of all three compost sites are available for public viewing at the Recycling and Waste Reduction District’s administration office, 155 Indiana Ave., Ste. 314, Valparaiso.

All three sites are registered with the state through the district. Only the Valparaiso site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and Boone Grove site, 546 S. 400 W., are open to all Porter County residents. Porter County residents can drop off yard waste or pick up mulch and compost for free; non-residents have a $7 fee per cubic yard for dropping off yard waste or picking up mulch and compost. 

The Crocker site on Tower Road is not open to the public. The Town of Chesterton takes the finished product to its street department where its residents can haul it away.

For more information on the Porter County compost sites, visit www.ItMeansTheWorld.org or call 219-465-3694.

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About Donna Stuckert

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Donna Stuckert is the Community Education Coordinator for the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County. She is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience who enjoys working for the greater good and inspiring others on making a difference. For more information or to reach Stuckert, e-mail DStuckert@ItMeansTheWorld.org.

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