Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM CDT
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Porter County Expo Center 
215 E. Division Road
Valparaiso, IN 46383

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Donna Stuckert 
Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction 

2018 Reuse Fair 

Join us in promoting REUSE at the
2018 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration!
Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Porter County Expo Center 

Download a flyer.

Are you a non-profit, school or charity in need of specific items that don't have to be new? Register today and get the supplies you need from community members willing to donate them. 

Perhaps you need old bedding, keys, broken jewelry, old calendars, etc. Someone may have them, and all you have to do is ask. We will advertise your wish list and encourage donations at the Earth Day event. 

Two IMPORTANT requirements for your participation: 

  1. You must provide at least one volunteer to help sort items collected. One of our staff members will work intake to make sure donated items are appropriate and acceptable. Volunteers from participating organizations will take those boxes and bags and divvy up the items inside. We will provide guidance. The volunteer must report by 8:30 a.m. the day of the event. The actual people can change throughout the day; for instance, another volunteer can relieve the first volunteer so they don't have to work the duration of the event. Any volunteers under the age of 18 must also have adult supervision. Volunteers should not be under high school age. 
  2. Your donations must be packed up and transported home by 3 p.m.-ish, approximately one hour after the end of the Earth Day Celebration. We will provide some boxes, but please plan on bringing some of your own. Our very first Reuse Fair gathered more items than some of our participating organizations anticipated! The public can be very generous. If you find you are collecting a lot of materials, please feel free to take loads away as the day progresses, so you don't have to take your things all at once. We will make it easy for you to load your vehicles. 

We encourage your school/organization to participate as an exhibitor at this event. Because we, as a government agency, are renting this venue, we ask that you pay the appropriate exhibitor fee for participation to help defray our costs. You can register online. As an exhibitor, your organization can educate the public about who you are, what you do, and what reuse items mean to you. Being an exhibitor is not required for participating in the Reuse Fair, but it is highly recommended. The Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration has drawn up to 3,200 attendees. You'll be exhibiting with others who provide ways for the public to connect with nature, sell environmental products and services, and educate others on reducing their impact on the planet. 

There is a limit to the number of Reuse Fair participants, so register early. 

In order to do the best job of advertising your wish list, please register as soon as possible. Wish lists will be advertised in the Earth Day tabloid that runs as an insert in many local newspapers. Deadline for tabloid advertising is Feb. 16. If you do not make this deadline, your items can be added to our website, but may not reach as many people. 

Any questions, please contact Donna, 219-465-3819 or dstuckert@portercountyrecycling.org