PORTER COUNTY | The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County will help county residents with their spring cleaning by providing a One Stop Drop collection event that will accept old and unwanted appliances, electronics, tires and household hazardous waste.
The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at the Porter County Expo Center/Fair Grounds, 215 E. Division Road.
The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission will be at the event to present new environmentally friendly 2.5-gallon gas cans to residents who bring their old gas cans in for disposal at the collection. Limit one new gas can per vehicle/family, while supplies last.
The One Stop Drop is an opportunity for residents to properly discard materials that are harmful to the environment. Appliances accepted include refrigerators, stoves, dish and clothes washers, dryers, water heaters, air conditioners, freezers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, furnaces, and just about anything metal. Water softener holding tanks will not be accepted.
Porter County residents also can drop off electronics at the Valparaiso and Boone Grove compost sites any time during their hours of operation. Additionally, Porter County residents can drop off their electronics at the following locations: Portage Street Department: 2302 Hamstrom Road, 762-4564; Valparaiso Public Works: 406 Don Hovey Drive, 462-4612; and Porter Street Department: 550 Beam Street, 926-2771. Residents should call the departments to determine hours of operation.
HHW items accepted at One Stop Drop include aerosols, anti-freeze, oil, batteries (household and automotive), corrosives, mercury-containing products (fluorescent tubes, CFLs, thermometers, thermostats, etc.), diesel fuel, gasoline, kerosene, other flammable liquids, ammunition, oil-based paint, thinners and solvents, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and other poisons and expired medications.
Explosives, commercial hazardous waste and radioactive materials (like smoke detectors) will not be accepted. Old smoke detectors should be sent back to the manufacturers for recycling. Though latex paint is not considered household hazardous waste, it will be accepted at the collection thanks to the district’s intergovernmental agreement with the city of Hobart for paint recycling.
Porter County residents can dispose of their first four tires up to 20 inches for free at the One Stop Drop. The disposal fee for each additional tire up to 20 inches is $3. Residents can dispose of tires from 20 to 25 inches for $5 each, and tires over 25 inches for $15 each.
Visit www.ItMeansTheWorld.org for more information or call (219) 465-3694.