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Living Green in Porter County Indiana: Part 1 – Recycling

July 19, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Whether you are looking at saving some money or improving the environment, a lot of us are looking for ways to live a ‘greener’ life.

What does living a ‘greener’ life mean?

According to, “living green means to live life as an individual, as well as a community, in a way that is friendly to the natural environment and is sustainable to the earth.”

One of the first things we as individuals can do to start living a green life is to recycle. Once you are recycling, you can get friends and family to start. This is how we as individuals can make a difference within our communities.

We have all been exposed to the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” at some point or another. It usually accompanies three arrows in the shape of a triangle. This can be used as a 1st step to living green as an individual.

Let’s take an example of drinking water on a daily basis. If you drink 64 oz of water per day in the 16oz plastic bottles, you are using 4 waterbottles and throwing them away (or recycling). If you used a washable water bottle instead, you are reusing 1 bottle and would be reducing 4 bottles per day, 28 per week or 1,460 plastic bottles per year. This shows how you can Reduce and Reuse.

While we can’t always reduce or reuse, we can recycle. When making purchases for everyday products such as food, milk, drinks, etc. we can look for the Recycling symbol (three arrows in shape of triangle). When purchasing items with this symbol, the container does not have to sit in a landmine somewhere but can instead be used to make other products.

Many communities within Porter County Indiana make it easy for residents to recycle by providing a recycling pick-up along with trash.

For those communities that do not have pick-up or if you miss your scheduled pick-up, Porter County also offers several Drop-Off Recycling Containers locations available for the community to use. Please visit Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County for more information on drop-off locations and other Porter County Indiana initiatives to making the community a greener place.

While these recycling programs can not recycle all of your products, you can look for various events throughout Porter County to recycle or donate things that cannot be recycled. For example, some of the city programs will not allow the recycling of plastic shopping bags. Instead of throwing these away, you can donate them to a local resale store so they can use them to bag customer purchases.

The Town of Chesterton is holding an E-Cycling event  Saturday July 23, 2011 from 9am – 3pm where you can bring various electronic items to be sent for recycling.

If you are looking for a community that you can take pride in and call home, call or text 219-649-1296 and I can get you started in finding your new home!


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Jim Sims

Jim Sims is a licensed Realtor with McColly Real Estate. With a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Purdue University Calumet, he loves to leverage the best of today's technology to achieve his clients real estate goals. While Jim facilitates real estate needs throughout Northwest Indiana, he specializes in the Northern Porter County communities of Burns Harbor, Chesterton, Portage and Porter Indiana. Learn more about Jim and visit

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One Response to “Living Green in Porter County Indiana: Part 1 – Recycling”
  1. Recycling in the Town of Chesterton Indiana, as well as other Northwest Indiana communities, has become more prominent over the years. You can even drop off recyclables at the Chesterton High School. Better yet, keep a look out for the non-profits and charities who use recycle drives to raise money for great causes that give back to the community.

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