Public Compost Sites Close for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

By: Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County Last Updated: May 23, 2012

recycleThe Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove compost site, 546 S. 400 W., will be closed Saturday, May 26 and Monday, May 28, for the 2012 Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The Valparaiso site will reopen Tuesday, May 29. Regular season hours for the Valpo site are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Boone Grove site will reopen Wednesday, May 30. Regular hours for the Boone Grove site are noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The compost sites allow the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County and various municipalities to manage organic material, composting yard waste and grinding organic wood waste to create large amounts of finished compost and mulch. The resulting compost and mulch are available free for public use, as long as supplies last.

Porter County residents should call the district, 465-3694, to determine material availability and site access, if inclement weather occurs. Residents should bring shovels and containers to load as much compost and mulch as they want.

Both sites accept organic yard waste, leaves, garden and household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. Residents should remove plastic bags and other such containers upon dropping off materials. Grass is accepted at the Boone Grove site only. No treated wood or lumber of any kind are accepted at either site.

Other materials also accepted at these sites for recycling include: household batteries, old electronics (computers, televisions, anything with a cord or operated by batteries), fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs), toner cartridges, old media (CDs, video cassettes, etc.), and cell phones and cell phone accessories.

For more information on the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, visit or call 219-465-3694.