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Top 10 reasons for Porter County residents to buy recycled paint

Written by Donna Stuckert. Posted in Community News, Featured, Home & Garden

Published on August 21, 2012 with No Comments

Take your unused paint to be recycled for others to use

  1. It’s available to use, thanks to an intergovernmental agreement between the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County and the City of Hobart.
  2. It’s inexpensive: $3/gallon for Porter County residents and free to Porter County not-for-profit organizations and government agencies.
  3. Easily tinted your favorite color at your favorite paint store.  Even with this added cost, you will still not be paying close to the retail price.
  4. You will help to decrease the demand for new paint, ultimately decreasing waste that may be landfilled and saving energy spent on making new paint.   
  5. It makes a great primer.
  6. If gray is your color, it’s a winner.
  7. By reusing something that could have ended up in a landfill, you are saving natural resources.
  8. It demonstrates that you are being environmentally-conscious.
  9. Lake County residents are already doing it!
  10. Your purchase helps to make the intergovernmental agreement between Porter County and the City of Hobart successful so the program can continue.

Besides purchasing paint, the agreement allows Porter County residents to recycle their old latex paint at the City of Hobart’s Department of Public Works. Hobart accepts 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 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 last Porter County household hazardous event on Nov. 3 at the old/closed Pine Elementary School. Further information on this event is available on the district’s website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org, or by calling 219-465-3694. 

Latex paint is not a hazardous waste. Gallons of paint can be dried out and thrown away in the trash safely. Make sure the lids are off so the waste haulers can tell the paint is dry. However, by participating in this program, you are helping to save our precious natural resources, as less paint will be landfilled.

This program demonstrates our practice of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  Remember to reduce your consumption of paint. This means do not buy more paint than necessary, so you will create less waste. Reuse paint when you can, and take your unused paint to be recycled so others can use it.

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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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