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Reuse fair matches unwanted items, nonprofits that need them

Ashley Stasny, 8, packs crayons and markers in a bag for reuse by a nonprofit agency at Saturday’s Reuse Fair, sponsored by Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction, in Portage.

KOUTS — Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction will help Porter County residents safely dispose of their old pesticides, gasoline, CFLs and other harmful products by sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28 at Kouts Middle/High School campus, 502 College Ave.

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household hazardous waste” or “HHW,” and require special care when they are discarded.

Items that will be accepted include aerosol cans; anti-freeze; oil; batteries (household and automotive); corrosives; medications; mercury containing products (fluorescent tubes, CFLs, thermometers, thermostats, etc.); oil-based paint, usable latex paint; pesticides and other poisons; diesel fuel, kerosene, other flammable liquids; and ammunition. A list of acceptable products is available on the District’s website, www.PorterCountyRecycling.org.

Two more household hazardous waste collection events are scheduled this year: Aug. 4 at Portage High School; and Oct. 6 at Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road., Valparaiso.

Call 219-465-3694, or visit www.PorterCountyRecycling.org.

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