Household hazardous waste collection- Event scheduled at Portage High School

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Featured, Home & Garden

Published on May 23, 2018 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, thinners, solvents and other harmful products by sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection event from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Portage High School, 6450 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; pesticides and other poisons; diesel fuel, kerosene, other flammable liquids; 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 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 when dried completely can safely be thrown in the trash. 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 7 at Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 S. 5th St., Chesterton; July 28 at Kouts Middle/High School campus, 503 E. College; Aug. 4 at Portage High School; and Oct. 6 at Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., 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. Find out more on www.PorterCountyRecycling.org.

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.

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