‘Wish-cycling’ on the Rise in Porter County

(Photo provided by Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County)

‘Wish-cycling’ is on the rise in Porter County. That’s according to the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, which explains wish-cycling stems from individuals’ best intentions. “Wish-cycling and hoping it were so go hand in hand. So many of us wish items could be recycled when in reality some items just can’t be placed in bins locally. Garden hoses, rakes, dirty paper plates are often everyday items we see folks trying to recycle. Those items don’t belong in recycling bins,” said Keri Marrs Barron, Executive Director of the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County.

Today it’s estimated that nearly one in four items placed in recycling containers aren’t actually recyclable through curbside programs, according to National Waste and Recycling Association, a trade group.“Wish-cycling can often do more harm than good when it comes to recycling. Just because something in our local area might be made of plastic or contain a recyclable textile doesn’t mean it’s actually recyclable,” said Barron.

Recycling is driven by markets of supply and demand, the District said. If the items recycled can be used by the local industry, the region will collect them. If no market is available the items can’t be recycled locally regardless of whether a recycle symbol is stamped on the product. As American recycling practices continue to evolve, the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County says it remains committed in educating area residents on waste reduction and the local do’s and don’ts when it comes to everyday recycling.

“We encourage all Porter County residents to reach out with questions. The District is always here to help,” Barron said. The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County features six drop off recycling sites where area residents across Porter County can recycle cardboard boxes, plastics and more. For more information on acceptable recycling items and educational programming, contact the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County at (219) 510-1124 or visit www.PorterCountyRecycling.org .