Date(s) - 04/20/2024
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction is adding a new feature to the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration; a Reuse Fair. On the heels of a successful first reuse event last fall, this second endeavor will benefit 13 schools and organizations. The public is invited to come and donate their unwanted but usable items on the advertised wish list and then stay to enjoy the family-friendly exhibits and entertainment the rest of the Earth Day Celebration has to offer.
The Annual Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration will take place on the same day as the nationally-recognized Earth Day, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. “Reuse is great for the environment, and the fair is a perfect addition to the Earth Day Celebration,” said Donna Stuckert, public education coordinator for Porter County Recycling.
Silly Safaris will treat spectators to two live animal shows as well as an all-day exhibit featuring mammals, reptiles, birds and bugs.
The children’s activities will guide kids, ages seven years old and older, to construct new homes for their feathered friends, compliments of Boy Scout Troop 907.
The service of document shredding will be available to visitors between 9 a.m. and noon. Staff from Metro Recycling will confidentially collect and transport sensitive documents to Opportunity Enterprises Secure Shred to be destroyed. Each attendee is asked to limit material to be shredded to two boxes.
Another new feature to the Earth Day Celebration this year is a Book Swap, sponsored by the Lake County Solid Waste Management District. Attendees are invited to give a book and get a book; all ages and genres in good, reusable condition will be accepted. From 1 to 2 p.m., the last hour of the event, the public can give one book and get two books, while supplies last. Participants can also make and take upcycled and reusable bookmarks.
In the past “Portage High School really benefited from the reuse fair,” said Paula Wiese, art/photography teacher, of the event last fall. “Originally we were just looking for old cameras for our students to use at school. It turned out people were so generous with their donations. They gave us paints of all kinds, brushes, markers, colored pencils, and other art supplies. The wish list can be downloaded from www.PorterCountyRecycling.org, and lists dozens of items, from art supplies, to buttons, to Legos, to PVC pipe and much more.
Items on the wish list will benefit these Northwest Indiana schools and organizations: Banta Senior Center, Feline Community Network, First Christian Church (DOC), Henry P. Fieler Elementary School, Gabriel’s Horn, John Simatovich Elementary School, Kesling Middle School, Kouts Elementary School, Michigan City High School, Open Arms Animal Rescue, Opportunity Enterprises, Washington Park Zoo and Working Bikes.
Many items on the list are things we normally throw in our trash or recycle totes, such as plastic coffee containers, newspapers, and plastic cups. Only items on the list will be accepted, and donations will only be accepted at the April 30th event. “We aren’t trying to be the Goodwill or the Salvation Army,” Stuckert said. “We don’t want all of your stuff; only items on the list will be accepted. We reserve the right to inspect and refuse any item. “ If you cannot bring your donation that day, please ask someone who can.” Pratt Industries will again donate a supply of boxes for the event.
For more information on the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration, visit www.PorterCountyRecycling.org, or call 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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