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Free Service Encourages Recycling at Grad Parties, Memorial Day Gatherings


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Churches, schools, towns and anyone planning events in Porter County this year can encourage their guests to recycle aluminum cans and plastic and glass bottles by using recycling event containers, provided free of charge by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction.

The district lends out recycling collection containers that can be placed next to garbage cans in high traffic areas at events. The district even supplies the clear plastic bags that fit into the collection containers.

“When presented with the option to recycle their waste, most guests choose to do the right thing,” said Therese Haller, executive director of the district. “Organizations and individuals without a supply of recycling containers or the money to purchase them need only borrow ours.”

The containers are perfect to use at fundraisers, church functions, sporting events, block parties, family reunions, 5K races, and any gatherings that could potentially generate large amounts of waste from beverage containers. Public events using the containers will also get a publicity boost with an announcement on the district’s Facebook Page.

No event is too small to borrow the containers. By allowing guests to separate their waste, event organizers can help prevent large amounts of recyclables from ending up in landfills.

To borrow the containers, call the district, 219-465-3695, at least one week prior to the event to confirm the availability. Once reserved, renters can download a reservation agreement from the district’s website, www.PorterCountyRecycling.org, sign the form and return it to the district. More information on the program is available on the district’s website, www.PorterCountyRecycling.org.

Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction is an agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life by providing services and educational programs which help residents reduce, reuse, and recycle.

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