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Midwest PGM Recycling Center

Public/Private partnerships are nothing new to the Hanover Community School Corporation and we have long enjoyed a strong relationship with local businesses.  However, whenever an additional business and a new program is added it is exciting news!

Beginning October 1. 2020 Hanover schools will benefit from a new relationship with Midwest PGM Recycling Center in Cedar Lake.  The new Hanover Recycling Fund Program allows the public to bring their recycling to Midwest PGM and ask that the funds they would receive from anything recycled go to their choice of one of the four Hanover schools.  “I see this as a way to give to the schools year-round,” said co-owner Richard Thiel.


Co-owners Richard Thiel and Jorge Rangel stand atop a pile of recycled material at Midwest PGM.

Midwest is one of the leading recyclers in the area and takes items that are often hard to get rid of.  Everything from pop cans to old appliances to automobiles can be recycled at Midwest.  “Whether what a consumer has is worth $6.00 or $60.00, it doesn’t matter, they can choose which school they would like their money to go to,” explained Mr. Thiel.  At the end of every month, Midwest PGM will donate the funds collected to the designated Hanover schools.

picture of a building Midwest PGM's recycling facility in Cedar Lake.

Midwest PGM was opened in April of 2008 by Mr. Thiel and his partner Jorge Rangel.  Mr. Thiel is a resident of Cedar Lake, has raised his family here and has strong connections to the Hanover Community School Corporation.  His wife, Peggy (Endris), is a 1987 graduate of Hanover Central High School.  Mr. Thiel’s daughters, Jessica, Class of 2013 and Kelly, Class of 2017 received what Mr. Thiel describes as an education that placed an emphasis on academics but offers athletic opportunities as well.  “My youngest daughter participated in track and I was always amazed at how many students are involved in athletics and seeing how many academic honor students there are,” said Mr. Thiel.  He spends what little free time he has attending meetings all over town, to help him understand the wants and needs of the town he loves.  Recently, Mr. Thiel attended a Hanover Central Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting where his idea was met with enthusiasm from Superintendent, Mary Tracy-MacAulay and the Board members.

“I shouldn’t be, but I am always surprised by the support of this community.  Mr. Thiel’s idea is a good one and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership,” said Mrs. MacAulay.     

car up on mechanics rack

A car is prepared for processing at Midwest PGM.

Midwest PGM Recycling Center is an ‘end of life’ processor of vehicles and follows strict state guidelines for all materials they process.  They are located at 1501 W. 133rd Avenue and are open Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  You can find more information on their website at or on Facebook at