The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County will mark America Recycles Day on Nov. 15 by opening up online voting for the first Recycled Latex Paint School Art Contest.
Community members can vote for a favorite among nine panels painted by students in Porter County and displayed on the district’s website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org, through Nov. 22.
The school with the most votes will win a bench made out of 1,550 recycled milk jugs for use indoors or outdoors. Schools or classes that place second and third also will be recognized.
In October, upper grade level schools throughout Porter County were challenged to paint a recycling or environmental theme on a 2-by-7-foot panel using recycled latex paint from the Hobart paint recycling facility. Nine accepted the task, including Chesterton Middle School, Discovery Charter School, Hebron High School, Nativity of Our Savior School, Portage High School, St. Patrick School, Victory Christian Academy, Washington Township Middle-High School and Westchester Intermediate School.
Photos of the panels will be available online, and all panels will be on display in the Porter County Government Administration Building, 155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, from Nov. 12 to Dec. 13.
"We want to help people close the recycling loop by calling attention to this great resource of recycled latex paint that is available free to nonprofits and governmental agencies," said Therese Davis, executive director of the district.
It’s available to any resident or business for $3 per gallon at the Hobart Department of Public Works, 340 S. Shelby St., Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
For more information on purchasing recycled latex paint, call (219) 942-6121.
Porter County residents are encouraged to not only use recycled latex paint but also to contribute useable latex paint to the program. Useable latex paint is accepted at the Hobart Department of Public Works or at district-sponsored household hazardous waste collection events. The next event is scheduled for May.