Compost Sites

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Compost Sites:

You can do a lot of things at the two public compost sites in Porter County:

  1. Drop off your organic waste.
  2. Pick up mulch and compost for your gardening needs. Firewood also available. 
  3. 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

Drop off

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. 

Pick up

  • 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.