Recycling has returned to the Village of Portage. Thanks to the Wood County Solid Waste Management District we now have a permanent 24 hour drop site in the parking lot behind the Village Hall.

Recyclable Unlike the monthly recycling trailer that was only open three hours on a Saturday morning, the new site is open 24 hours a day, 7-days a week, 365 days a year.  Besides the convenience of having anytime drop-off, now more items are recyclable and they no longer need to be sorted.  Two bins are available and you may put your recyclables in either bin.

All containers need to be emptied and rinsed before recycling. Do NOT bag your recyclables and do NOT put the following items in the recycle bins:

  • No garbage.
  • No plastic bags.
  • No food or liquid.
  • No clothing or linens.
  • No tanglers (no hoses, cables, wires, etc.).
  • No motor oil containers.
  • No styrofoam.
  • No polystyrene egg cartons.

Recyclable items include:

  • Plastics bottles, containers and packaging numbered 1 through 7.  Sorry, no motor oil containers.
  • Cardboard and paper products.  Cardboard boxes should be flattened to save space in bins.
  • Office paper (staples are OK), magazine, newspaper, phone books, junk mail, envelopes and brochures.
  • Aluminum/metal beverage and food containers and household scrap metal.  Sorry, no construction or automotive parts.
  • Glass bottles and jars.  No window glass.
  • Wax milk and juice cartons.

If you have and questions or would like more information please call 419-354-9297 or visit the Wood County Solid Waste Management District website

The Nitty Gritty, is published on a monthly basis with the primary goal of keeping village residents informed about local events, council news, and other happenings in and around Portage.  If you have any information that you would like to have included, please send and/or email it to the following address:

Anne Deutschman
911 N Wintergarden Rd
Bowling Green, OH  43402

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The target publish date for each issue is the first Saturday following the first Monday of the month.  This allows news from the first village council meeting to be included and distributed on a timely basis.

Lions Recycle for Sight

The Portage Lions Club collects used eyeglasses as part of the global mission of Lions Clubs International to combat blindness.  In just about any home, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person's life.

Throughout the year, our club collects used eyeglasses and delivers them to VOSH Ohio in Pandora, Ohio.  The eyeglasses are cleaned, sorted by size and prescription strength, and packaged for use on mission trips around the world.

How You Can Help

Donate your glasses and change someone's life.  We accept both prescription eyeglasses and ordinary sunglasses.  For your convenience we have collection boxes located around Bowling Green and Portage as listed below.  If you would like more information about our eyeglass recycling program and/or would like to have a collection box at your location, please contact Lion Robert Segna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (419) 308-1906.

Optometrist Offices

  • Dr. Archer OD - 1222 Ridgewood Drive, Bowling Green, OH  43402
  • Drs. Schilling & Peiffer OD - 111 Clough Street, Bowling Green, OH  43402
  • Vision Associates - 970 W Wooster Street, Suite 221, Bowling Green, OH  43402

Area Churches

  • Christ United Methodist Church - 310 W Main Street, Portage, OH  43451
  • First Presbyterian Church - 126 S Church Street, Bowling Green, OH  43402
  • First United Methodist Church - 1506 E Wooster Street, Bowling Green, OH  43402
  • St. Mark's Lutheran Church - 315 S College Drive, Bowling Green, OH  43402

Local Businesses

  • Ben's - 154 S Main Street, Bowling Green, OH  43402 (at back door)
  • DACOR Internet Services - 725 Haskins Rd, Suite A, Bowling Green, OH  43402
  • Kroger Pharmacy - 1094 N Main Street, Bowling Green, OH  43402
  • Wal-Mart Vision Center - 131 W Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green, OH  43402
  • Wood County Senior Center - 305 N Main Street, Bowling Green, OH  43402