PORTER COUNTY | The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County will help county residents safely dispose of old pesticides, gasoline, CFLs and other products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients at a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26, at the former Pine Elementary School, 1594 N. 500 E. This event is the last collection of 2013.
Waste items accepted include aerosols; antifreeze; oil; batteries (household and automotive); corrosives; cooking oils; 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; flares; 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.
No need to wait in line to dispose of medications. Unused prescription medications are accepted anytime at the following police departments: Valparaiso, 355 S. Washington St.; Chesterton, 790 Broadway; Portage, 2693 Irving St.; Hebron, 106 E. 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 liquid capsules.
Fluorescent tube lights and CFLs can be recycled anytime at either Porter County public compost site: Valparaiso, 2150 W. Lincolnway, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; Boone Grove, 546 S. 400 W., noon-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays.
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.
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 next household hazardous waste collection event is scheduled for May 2014, at the Porter County Expo Center. 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.