Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County Briefs, January 6, 2015

recycling-waste-reduction-district-of-porter-countyRecycle your Christmas trees Saturday
The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, will begin Saturday off-season hours Jan. 10, in time for Porter County residents to recycle their once live Christmas trees, wreaths and other organic holiday waste. The site will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The site also presents the opportunity for residents to recycle their old electronics that were replaced by new devices at Christmas. Computers, tablets, cell phones, televisions, and any device that has an electrical cord or is run by batteries can be recycled at the Valpo site.

Other materials accepted for recycling at this site include: household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs), toner cartridges, old media (CDs, video cassettes, floppy disks, etc.), and cell phone accessories.

The Saturday off-season hours will continue through March 30, 2015, when both compost sites will open for the season. The Boone Grove site will remain closed through March.

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Christmas card recycling program benefits charity
Did you get a lot of Christmas cards this year? Don't throw them away; send them to the St. Jude's Ranch for Children Recycled Card Program, 100 St. Jude's Street, Boulder City, NV 89005, 877-977-7572. No Disney, Hallmark or American Greetings.

In fact, save all your used cards. They take all occasions! Find out more!

Spring Master Recycler class scheduled
Why are some materials recyclable at the curb and others aren't? When waste haulers take trash and recyclables away, what happens to the materials?

Get answers to these questions and more during the next Porter County Master Recycler class. The comprehensive, nine-week program is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, March 4 through April 29, at the Porter County Government Administration Center, 155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso. The course will feature guest speakers and field trips that will help students gain environmental knowledge beyond the blue bin.

Sponsored by the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County, the course is open to Porter County residents and those who work in the county. Participants will learn from the experts more about waste flow processes, recycling, and composting. Students will also meet others who have similar waste reduction and environmental interests.

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Exhibitors, sponsors sought for 10th anniversary celebration
Does your business or organization:

Promote an environmental message?
Sell or demonstrate products or services that are environmentally-friendly?
Offer environmental education?

Be a part of the largest Earth Day event in Northwest Indiana!

More than 3,000 visitors expected for an event to remember.
Non-profit booths start at $35; business booths start at $65.
Upgrade your participation to a sponsorship and enjoy added publicity and perks!
Set up available day prior to event or two hours before.

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Properly dispose of medications
You never have to wait for a household hazardous waste collection event to properly dispose of your old medications.

Five Porter County law enforcement agencies will accept them, even taking controlled substances off your hands, a service not offered at collection events!