Recycling Is No Joke

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Therese Davis, Executive Director from the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County, was the speaker for the October 17, 2011 Green Drinks meeting.

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Recycling Is No Joke

  1. 1. District’s Mission To improve the environment and quality of life for Porter County residents by providing convenient, voluntary waste reduction programs.2/15/2012 www.ItMeansTheWorld.org 1
  2. 2. District Services • Education • Drop Off Recycling Sites • Household Hazardous Waste Collections • Organics Composting • Electronics Recycling • Battery Recycling • Event Recycling • “Adopt A County Road” Administrator • Annual Events: • Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration • “One Stop Drop” Collection2/15/2012 www.ItMeansTheWorld.org 2
  3. 3. Education• Classroom presentations • Available to all Porter County schools• Adult presentations • Civic groups • Classes • Backyard Composting • Rain Barrel• Special events participant• Business waste consultations• Website, E newsletter, advertising & brochures “Glen the Garbologist”
  4. 4. Drop-Off Recycling ItemsCO-MINGLED BOXES Glass - Clear, green, brown bottles and jars Metal - Aluminum, steel and bi-metal cans only Plastic – All hard containers labeled with #1 through #7 in the chasing arrows (NO STYROFOAM!)
  5. 5. Drop-Off Recycling Items PAPER OR FIBER BOXES  Newspaper  Mixed paper  Catalogues  Phone books  Junk mail  Cardboard  Paperboard  Magazines
  6. 6. Household Hazardous Waste accepted  Mercury devices  Expired Medications  Metal polish  Oil based paints, paint thinner  Nail polish and remover  Insect spray, pesticides, flea spray  Pool chemicals  Batteries  Used motor oil  Wood stripper
  7. 7. Organic Composting  Organic yard waste drop off compost sites  Open eight months per year  Only organic yard waste accepted  Finished compost and wood grindings available - free to Porter County residents  Current locations  Valparaiso – 2150 W. Lincolnway  Boone Grove – 546 S. 400 West  Visit website for hours2/15/2012 www.ItMeansTheWorld.org 7
  8. 8. Electronics Recycling  Many types of electronic equipment accepted  Drop off location at Valparaiso Compost Site  Visit website for hoursBattery Recycling • Multiple locations throughout county where residents can drop off household batteries for recycling • Visit web site for locations2/15/2012 www.ItMeansTheWorld.org 8
  9. 9. Event Recycling  Collecting recyclables at events is simple and easy.  The ClearStream recycling collection containers provided by the Recycling & Waste Reduction District allow for easy collection of recyclables at any type of event.  Coordinate pick up time for the recycling containers with the District at 219-465- 3695.2/15/2012 www.ItMeansTheWorld.org 9
  10. 10. “Adopt A County Road” Program  Volunteer & civic groups commit to cleaning county roads  Sponsored by following Porter County agencies:  RWRD  Environmental Department  Commissioners  Highway Department  Sheriff’s Department2/15/2012 www.ItMeansTheWorld.org 10
  11. 11. Annual Events  Northwest Indiana Earth Day  “One Stop Drop” Collection2/15/2012 www.ItMeansTheWorld.org 11
  12. 12. District Board Citizens Advisory Chairman Committee John Evans Chairman Jim Spencer Vice Chairman Sue Lynch Vice Chairman Tony Reid Nancy Adams Jon Costas Walt Breitinger Karen Conover Duane Davison Carol Knoblock Jeanette Hicks Kathy Matthew Olga Velazquez Jim Metros2/15/2012 www.ItMeansTheWorld.org 12

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