Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events in Porter County

Porter County residents have two opportunities this month to dispose of household hazardous waste.  Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction say both events are on a Saturday, the first one taking place this Saturday, August 6th at Portage High School, 6450 U.S. 6. The second event will take place on August 20 at Kouts Middle/High School campus, 302 E. College. Both are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In Portage, participants are advised to enter the campus from Airport Road at the Pan Am Blvd. stoplight, the second driveway north of U.S. 6. In Kouts, the event will be held in the south parking lot.

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 and latex paint, thinners and solvents; pesticides and other poisons; diesel fuel, kerosene, other flammable liquids; and ammunition. A list of acceptable products is available on the Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction website,

Explosives, asbestos, grill propane cylinders, containers larger than five gallons, commercial hazardous waste, controlled substances, tires, electronics, appliances and radioactive materials, such as smoke detectors, will not be accepted.

Old gas cans will be exchanged for new environmentally friendly 2.5-gallon gas cans. Supplies of these cans are very limited, and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one new gas can per vehicle/family. Gas cans are compliments of Northwest Indiana Clean Air.

The last household hazardous waste collection event of the year in Porter County will take place on October 1 at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso.

For more information on household hazardous waste collection events in Porter County, call Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction, 219-465-3694, or visit

The District says there are alternate locations that accept medications, fluorescent light bulbs, latex paint and household batteries on a continuous basis, so residents can properly dispose of these products at their convenience.

Unused medications are accepted at the following police departments: Porter, 50 Francis St.; Valparaiso, 355 S. Washington St.; Chesterton, 790 Broadway; Portage, 2693 Irving St.; Porter County Sheriff’s Department, 2755 S. Ind. 49, and Hebron, 106 East Sigler St.

Household batteries can be recycled at a number of places throughout Porter County. Visit the district website for a complete listing.

Fluorescent tube lights and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) can be recycled at either Porter County public compost site: Valparaiso, 2150 W. Lincolnway, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; or Boone Grove, 546 S. 400 W., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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.