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Portage Compost Site
Portage Compost Site
Valparaiso Compost Site Location

Pickup and drop-off services are free for Porter County residents; fees and limitations may apply for non-residents, so please contact us to learn more before visiting. Please note the City of Portage oversees loading specifics. Loading material is by appointment only at this site. Please contact Portage Streets & Sanitation at (219) 762-4564 to schedule an appointment.

6451 U.S. Highway 12
Portage, IN 46368
PORTAGE COMPOST SITE HOURS OF OPERATION: MON-SAT 8AM-4PM CT. PLEASE NOTE: Site Closed 5/30/22.

Drop Off Composting & Recycling

drop off composting

The State of Indiana prohibits residents from knowingly placing vegetative matter from landscaping maintenance and land clearing projects in a landfill (IC 13-20-9-2). However, most of your yard waste CAN be recycled into compost or wood chips. We accept the following organic yard waste at the Portage Compost Site:

Leaves

Straw

(not hay)

Garden & Household Plants

Limbs, Logs, Firewood, & Brush & Branches

(must be no longer than six feet and no larger than 48 inches in diameter)

Once live holiday home  decorations

including but not limited to pumpkins, corn, gourds, mums and Christmas trees)

recycling

You Can Also Recycle These Household Items at the Portage Compost Site:

Household Batteries

Household Recyclables

Electronics

(computers, televisions, cell phones; anything with a cord or run by batteries)

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

(tubes & CFLs)

LED Light Bulbs

Toner Cartridges

Smoke Detectors

Clean And Dry Plastic Bags

Books

Important Notes

Fees apply for out-of-county residents. Only checks are accepted for payment at the compost sites; absolutely no cash accepted.

If it’s not listed above, we do not accept it

Containers must be removed from the site by residents

Rakes and shovels will not be available to the general public; please exercise caution and observe all social distancing guidelines

No treated wood or lumber of any kind is accepted at the site

Contractors and landscapers, click here

Fast Facts

In 2018, there were 24,949 visits to Porter County compost sites. $198,247 in operating costs include staff and material management of non-public sites in Chesterton and Town of Pines.

valparaiso mulch pickup

Pick Up Mulch, Compost or Firewood

Porter County residents can bring their own buckets and shovels and take as much compost, mulch or firewood as they’d like. We test our compost; learn more here. No power tools can be brought or operated onsite.

While supplies last; contact Porter County Recycling for availability information.

Learn About Backyard Composting

When you visit the site, ask the attendant for a copy of Home Composting Made Easy. You can also visit this website, based on the book, for more information.

Home Composting Made Easy
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