Reminders from Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County

Here’s a ‘Christmas in July’ announcement and it isn’t about shopping but rather about prepping for the holiday season. The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County says, if you’re doing some early prep or cleanup for the 2022 holiday season, Porter County residents can take no-longer-working Christmas lights for proper disposal to their three area compost sites, which are in Boone Grove, Portage and Valparaiso.The district says they say offer quick and easy recycling for corded holiday lights alongside standard electronics. Here’s a link for more information.

The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County teams up with the regional non-profit Save the Dunes to spotlight Plastic Free July – a global movement dedicated to helping everyone find a solution to plastic pollution single-use and otherwise. Recycling district executive director Keri Marrs Barron says “Plastic waste is here, there and everywhere in Porter County” and residents are encouraged to start small and seek sustainable alternatives year-round. Dylan Hollingsworth, Community Engagement Coordinator for Save the Dunes, says “Small efforts can make a big difference. Bringing your own bags to the grocery store, using your own utensils when you order takeout, and switching from body wash to bar soap are a few simple ways to reduce your plastic usage. Every little bit counts.” The recycling district is featuring weekly Facebook challenges this month to engage the public.

The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County also reminds residents they still have opportunities to dispose of household hazardous waste at additional collection events this summer. Here’s a link for the schedule.