Compost Sites

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BOTH COMPOST SITES TEMPORARILY OUT OF MULCH. Wood chips, however, are available. Chips are larger pieces.

Porter County residents, you can do a lot of things at the two public compost sites:

  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 all Porter County residents. Non-residents, limitations and fees may apply, so please call. 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. Loading handled by City of Valparaiso. Visit their website for further details. 
    • March 26 - Dec. 1, 2018 -- Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
    • Click here for map.
  • Boone Grove Compost Site, 546 South 400 West (Hwy. 8 to 400 West, head north to 550 South)
    • March 26-Dec. 1, 2018 -- Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, noon–5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
    • Click here for map.

2018 holiday compost site closings

  • Saturday-Monday, May 26-28, Memorial Day Weekend
  • Wednesday, July 4, Independence Day
  • Saturday-Monday, Sept. 1-3, Labor Day Weekend
  • Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 22-25, Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Portage Streets & Sanitation Department, 2303 Hamstrom Rd. 

  • March 26-April 27, 2018 -- Mondays - Fridays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • April 30-Nov. 3, 2018 -- Mondays - Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Nov. 5-Dec. 1, 2018 -- Mondays - Fridays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Porter County residents only (no businesses)
    • No grass from non-city residents
    • No dump trucks
    • Contact City of Portage for loading information, 762-4564 or

2018 Portage Street Department site closings

  • Monday, May 28, Memorial Day 
  • Wednesday, July 4, Independence Day
  • Saturday, Sept. 3, Labor Day 
  • Monday, Nov. 12, Veterans Day
  • Thursday & Friday, Nov. 22 & 23, Thanksgiving Holiday 

Drop off (Out-of-county residents, fees apply)

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/garden waste:

  • leaves
  • straw (not hay)
  • garden and household plants
  • limbs, logs, firewood, brush, branches; no longer than 6 ft. and no bigger than 12 inches in diameter
  • once live holiday home decorations, including pumpkins, corn, gourds, mums and Christmas trees
  • dirt, sod (Only at Valpo compost site; 1/2 cubic yard or less from households only. Accepted at the discretion of the site attendants.)
  • Grass clippings 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. Only Portage residents may bring grass clippings to the Portage Street Department. We recommend grasscycling, which means leaving your cut grass on the lawn to decompose and nourish your lawn. 

If it is not listed above, we do not accept it. 

Drop off notes: 

  • Plastic bags and other such containers must be removed from site by residents.
  • No treated wood or lumber of any kind is accepted at any site.
  • Only small root balls with minimal dirt 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. 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.

Additional recycling:

  • Household batteries
  • Old electronics (computers, televisions, cell phones anything with an electrical cord or run by batteries!)
  • Fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs) (not accepted at Portage Street Department)
  • LED light bulbs (not accepted at Portage Street Department)
  • 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 FREE compost bins and instructions to help you at either the Valpo or Boone Grove compost sites. One per family please.