Public Compost Sites to Open March 28, 2016

Compost-piles-compressedThe Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove compost site, 400 West 550 South, will open for the season March 28, to give Porter County residents a location to drop off and recycle yard waste from their spring yard cleanups.

Regular hours for the Valparaiso compost site will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Currently, the Valparaiso compost site is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through March 26. The Valparaiso compost site is owned by the City of Valparaiso and operated with help from the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County.

Regular hours for the Boone Grove site will be from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Currently the site is closed. The Boone Grove site is owned and operated by the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County.

Materials accepted at either site include organic yard waste, leaves, garden clippings, household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. Treated wood or lumber is not accepted at either site. Compost and mulch will be available at both locations for residents to take, while supplies last.

The sites may close due to inclement weather.

Other materials accepted at the compost sites for proper disposal include old or unusable electronics (anything with an electrical cord or powered by batteries); compact and tube fluorescent light bulbs; household batteries; toner cartridges; and old media, such as floppy disks, DVDs and CDs, etc.

These large scale municipal composting operations allow the District and select 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 also available for public use.

For more information about public compost sites in Porter County, visit the District’s website,, or call 465-3694.

The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County is an agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life by providing services and educational programs which help residents reduce, reuse, and recycle.