Household hazardous waste collection event scheduled at Portage High School- Residents can safely dispose of their old pesticides, gasoline, and other harmful products

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Published on May 31, 2017 with No Comments

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household hazardous waste” or “HHW,” and require special care when they are discarded.

Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction will help Porter County residents safely dispose of their old pesticides, gasoline, CFLs and other harmful products by sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Portage High School, 6450 U.S. 6.

Participants should enter the campus from Airport Rd. at the intersection of American Way, first road north of U.S. 6. Attendees should anticipate some wait time.

Items that will be accepted include aerosol cans; anti-freeze; oil; batteries (household and automotive); corrosives; medications; mercury containing products (fluorescent tubes, CFLs, thermometers, thermostats, etc.); oil-based paint, usable latex paint, thinners and solvents; pesticides and other poisons; diesel fuel, kerosene, other flammable liquids; and ammunition.

A list of acceptable products is available at www.PorterCountyRecycling.org.

Explosives, asbestos, grill propane cylinders, containers larger than five gallons, commercial hazardous waste, controlled substances and radioactive materials, such as smoke detectors, will not be accepted at this event.

Old gas cans will be exchanged for new environmentally friendly 2.5-gallon gas cans. Supplies of these cans are limited, and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one new gas can per vehicle/family. Gas cans are compliments of Northwest Indiana Clean Air.

Though latex paint is accepted, it is not considered household hazardous waste and can safely be thrown in the trash when dried completely. The staff at Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction asks residents to be discerning when bringing their old latex paint to collection events.

Latex paint should not be brought to the collection if cans are smaller than one gallon; gallon cans are less than half full; cans are corroded/rusty; rattle noises are heard when cans are shaken; paint has been sitting longer than one year; paint was stored in unheated areas, like garages or sheds, over winter; or paint that was obviously frozen.

Four more household hazardous waste collection events are scheduled this year: July 8 at Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 S. 5th St., Chesterton; July 29 at the Hebron Middle/High School Campus, 509 S. Main St. in Hebron; Aug. 5 at the Portage High School; and Oct. 7 at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd. in Valparaiso.

For more information on household hazardous waste collection events in Porter County, call Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction, 219-465-3694, or visit www.PorterCountyRecycling.org.

There are alternate locations 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.

Unused medications are accepted at the following police departments: 50 Francis St. in Porter; 355 S. Washington St. in Valparaiso; 790 Broadway in Chesterton; 6260 Central Ave. in Portage; 2755 S. Ind. 49 at the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, and 106 East Sigler St. in Hebron

Household batteries can be recycled at a number of places throughout Porter County. Visit www.PorterCountyRecycling.org for a complete listing.

Fluorescent tube lights and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) can be recycled at either Porter County public compost site: 2150 W. Lincolnway in Valparaiso, Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or 546 S. 400 W. in Boone Grove on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The City of Hobart accepts latex paint donations from Porter County residents at its Department of Public Works site, 340 S. Shelby St., Mondays through Fridays, between 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; and Saturdays, between 8 to 11:45 a.m. The latex paint must be usable.

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.

Top Five Reasons to Recycle

  1. Saves Natural Resources – By making products from recycled materials instead of virgin materials, we conserve land and reduce the need to drill for oil and dig for minerals.
  2. Saves Energy – It usually takes less energy to make recycled products. Recycled aluminum, for example, takes 95 percent less energy than making new aluminum from bauxite ore.
  3. Saves Clean Air and Water – In most cases, making products from recycled materials rather than virgin materials creates less air and water pollution.
  4. Saves Landfill Space – When the materials that you recycle are made into new products, they are not going into landfills or incinerators so landfill space is conserved and air pollution minimized.
  5. Saves Money and Creates Jobs – The recycling process creates far more jobs than landfills or incinerators, and recycling can frequently be the least expensive waste management method for cities and towns.
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