Portage Compost Site
Portage Compost Site


Valparaiso Compost Site Location

Owned and managed by the City of Valparaiso with operational assistance by Porter County Recycling. Loading handled by the City of Valparaiso. Visit the city’s website for more details.

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. Read below to see what items are available for residents to pick up at our site.

6451 U.S. Highway 12
Portage, IN 46368


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:



(in limited quantities & 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 homeĀ  decorations

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

recycle portage

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

Household Batteries

Household Recyclables


(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


Recycle Portage: 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 2022, there were 2,249 visits to Portage compost site.

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. No power tools can be brought or operated onsite. While supplies last; contact Porter County Recycling for availability information.

We test our compost! View the lab results below:

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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