(Photos Courtesy of Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County)
Porter County residents have an opportunity this weekend to safely dispose of their unwanted household hazardous waste. Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County Public Education Coordinator Donna Stuckert told the Region News Team they will be holding a collection on Saturday, July 12th, at Westchester Intermediate School, in Chesterton, from 9am-to-2pm. Items accepted at this collection event include aerosol cans; anti-freeze; oil; batteries (household and automotive); corrosives; medications; mercury containing products (fluorescent tubes, CFLs, thermometers, thermostats, etc.); oil-based and latex paint, thinners and solvents; pesticides and other poisons; diesel fuel, kerosene, other flammable liquids; and ammunition. There will not be a gas can exchange at this event.
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.
The last collection of 2014 is planned on Aug. 9, at Portage High School, 6450 E. Route 6. 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 www.ItMeansTheWorld.org.
Unused medications are also accepted any time 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.); and Porter, 50 Francis St. No liquids or sharps are accepted.
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.; or 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 11:45 a.m.
Stuckert says anyone interested in ordering a re-purposed rain barrel can do so at-cost, at their website, and have it delivered to their home. She says these barrels once transported food and were upcycled, saved from landfills to collect your rain water. A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months, protecting the environment and saving money and energy.
Rain water stored in rain barrels helps reduce the amount of storm water runoff and the amount of pollutants that are carried to storm sewers, creeks and rivers.
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