You can do a lot of things at the two public compost sites in Porter County:
- Drop off your organic waste.
- Pick up mulch and compost for your gardening needs. Firewood also available.
- Bring a number of household items in for recycling.
It's easy, and it's free for Porter County residents. Non-residents, fees apply. Only checks will be accepted for payment at the sites; absolutely no cash accepted. Contractors and landscapers, click here.
Two public access compost site locations:
- Valparaiso Compost Site, 2150 W. Lincolnway (Hwy. 130 – 1 mile west of intersection with Joliet)
- Owned and managed by the City of Valparaiso with operational assistance by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction.
- March 27-Dec. 2, 2017 -- Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
- MAY 8-13 INTERNATIONAL COMPOST AWARENESS WEEK! The City of Valparaiso will provide free loading of compost from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday through Saturday (limit of 3 cubic yards per resident). Bring your trucks!
- Click here for map.
- Boone Grove Compost Site, 546 South 400 West (Hwy. 8 to 400 West, head north to 550 South)
- March 27-Dec. 2, 2017 -- Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, noon–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
- Click here for map.
2017 holiday compost site closings
- Saturday - Monday, May 27-29, Memorial Day weekend
- Tuesday, July 4, Fourth of July
- Saturday - Monday, Sept. 2-4, Labor Day weekend
- Thursday - Saturday, Nov. 23-25, Thanksgiving holiday weekend
Most of your yard waste CAN be recycled into compost or wood chips, so why throw it out with your trash? Drop off your yard waste: leaves, garden and household plants, brush, limbs, logs, firewood, and those once live home decorations, like pumpkins, corn, gourds, mums and Christmas trees! Brush should be no longer than 6 ft. and no bigger than 12 inches in diameter.
- Plastic bags and other such containers must be removed from site by residents.
- Grass is accepted from all Porter County residents at the Boone Grove compost site; only residents within the city limits of Valparaiso with a Grass Pass issued by Valpo Public Works may bring grass clippings to the Valparaiso compost site.
- No treated wood or lumber of any kind is accepted at any site.
- No root balls accepted.
- Take as much compost and mulch as you want (We test our compost. Find out the results.)
- Bring your own buckets and shovels and self load
- Available free to Porter County residents while supplies last. Call the district to find out availability, 465-3694.
- Mulch and compost loading is available for Porter County residents on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a fee. More info.
- Pick up free firewood
- No power tools can be brought or operated onsite.
- Bring your own trucks and self load.
- Available free to Porter County residents while supplies last.
What else can you do at the compost sites? Bring these items in to be recycled:
- Household batteries
- Old electronics (computers, televisions, cell phones anything with an electrical cord or run by batteries!)
- Fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs)
- Toner cartridges
- Old media (CDs, DVDs, etc. No longer accepting media with film, such as VHS and cassette tapes.)
Ready to try backyard composting? The District has a compost bin and instructions to help you. If you don't have room on your property to compost your own yard waste, visit these public compost sites.