The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, will begin Saturday off-season hours Jan. 7, for Porter County residents to dispose of their once live Christmas trees, wreaths and other organic holiday decorations. They can also bring their unwanted electronics that were replaced by new ones they received for Christmas.
The 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday hours will continue through March 25. The site may close at any time due to inclement weather.
Ornaments and lights must be removed from trees before recycling. Other organic materials accepted at this site include yard waste, leaves, garden clippings, household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. No grass, lumber or treated wood will be accepted.
Accepted electronics include: computers, monitors, televisions, typewriters, copiers, VCRs, fax machines, microwaves, scanners, gaming machines, and anything with an electrical cord or batteries. Christmas lights are also accepted, but they must be separated from trees and wreaths prior to recycling.
Besides electronics and organic materials, residents can recycle other items at the Valparaiso compost site, including household batteries and fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs).
The compost site is owned by the City of Valparaiso and operates with assistance from the Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction. The site will open for the season on March 27.
The Boone Groove compost site, 546 S. 400 W, will remain closed through March 28, when it will open for the season. The site is owned and operated by the district.
Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction 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.
For more information on the public compost sites, visit the District’s website, www.PorterCountyRecycling.org, or call 219-465-3694