Food Waste Composting
Food Waste Composting Program
Join Us for Plastic Free July!
Join the movement to reduce, reuse, and recycle food scraps.

What We Are Doing

We have implemented small scale food waste compost pilot programs across Porter County. These efforts will help us determine feasibility, identify challenges, and assess the potential impact of expanding composting efforts on a larger scale.

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What We Are Doing

Bringing composting into the mainstream will not only cut down on waste, but enrich our soil, support local agriculture, and build a more resilient food system. By embracing food waste composting in communities, we hope to contribute to a more sustainable planet and foster a culture of responsibility and stewardship toward the environment.

Pilot Food Waste Composting Programs

Bringing composting into the mainstream will not only cut down on waste, but enrich our soil, support local agriculture, and build a more resilient food system. By embracing food waste composting in communities, we hope to contribute to a more sustainable planet and foster a culture of responsibility and stewardship toward the environment.

Ongoing

Valparaiso Neighborhood Pickup Program

Ongoing

Valpo Parks Partnership at the Valparaiso Market

Future

Art Barn

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Chesterton YMCA Healthy Living Campus

Drop-Off Location

Bring your scraps to the location below and help feed our food waste composting programs. 

Valparaiso Market in Central Park Plaza

Tuesdays, June 4th through October 12th

9 am – 2 pm

Get Involved in Food Waste Composting

All you need to participate in our pilot food waste composting program and help us reduce food waste is a bin and food scraps. Participants may bring acceptable food waste (listed below) in a closed container (options below) to one of our select drop-off locations. Then, the donated food waste will be taken to a Valpo Parks composting site. By participating, you are diverting food waste from landfills and recycling important nutrients back into the soil.

What’s Acceptable in Our Food Waste Compost Program?

Yes

Put These in Your Compost!

  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Egg shells
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Leaves
  • Newspaper
  • Paper tea bags

No

Keep These Out of Your Compost! 

  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Fats and grease
  • Meat scraps
  • Bone
  • Pet feces/litter
  • Compostable plastics

How to Get Started

Composting Tips

  • Layer wet and dry items to create “compost lasagna”
  • Clean your bucket with water weekly. If the aroma is continuous, try a 10% bleach spray and thoroughly rinse.
  • Chop larger items, like watermelon rinds, into smaller pieces
  • Keep your container with food waste out of the heat
  • Keep food waste in freezer to prevent smell

Composting Tips

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Reusing Your Food Scraps

How does food waste composting help support sustainability in our local community?

All food scraps collected will become a nutrient rich soil amendment that the Valpo Parks Horticulture Department will utilize in garden beds across the city.
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Join the Movement to Reduce Food Waste in Porter County!

Feel free to reach out to us for additional information, to become a participating drop off location, or to learn more composting tips and tricks.
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