The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County will help Porter
County residents safely dispose of their old pesticides, gasoline, CFLs and
other products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive
ingredients by sponsoring the household hazardous waste collection event
scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Portage High School,
6450 U.S. Hwy 6.
The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission will be on hand to
present new environmentally friendly 2.5-gallon gas cans to residents who
bring in their old gas cans for disposal at the collection. Limit one new
gas can per vehicle/family, while supplies last.
HHW items accepted at this collection event include aerosols; anti-freeze;
oil; batteries (household and automotive); corrosives; prescription
medications; mercury containing products (fluorescent tubes, CFLs,
thermometers, thermostats, etc.); oil-based and latex paint, thinners and
solvents; pesticides and other poisons; diesel fuel, gasoline, kerosene,
other flammable liquids; and ammunition.
Explosives, asbestos, grill propane cylinders, containers larger than 30
gallons, commercial hazardous waste, controlled substances and radioactive
materials, such as smoke detectors, will not be accepted.
Unused prescription medications are also accepted anytime at the following
police departments: Valparaiso, 355 S. Washington St.; Chesterton, 790
Broadway; Portage, 2693 Irving St.; Hebron, 106 East Sigler St. (only
available Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) -- no liquids or
metal nasal spray bottles; and Porter, 50 Francis St. -- no liquids or
Fluorescent tube lights and CFLs can be recycled at either Porter County
public compost site: Valparaiso, 2150 W. Lincolnway, Mondays through
Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Boone Grove, 546 S. 400
W., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 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. and 2:45 p.m.; and Saturdays, between 8 and
Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes can include pouring them
down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting
them out with the trash, which can pollute the environment and pose a threat
to human health.
The last 2013 collection is scheduled for Oct. 26 at the old/closed Pines
School, 1594 N. 500 East. For more information on household hazardous waste
collection events in Porter County, call the Recycling and Waste Reduction
District of Porter County, 465-3694, or visit