Public Compost Sites Close for 2016 Labor Day Holiday

By: Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County Last Updated: August 11, 2016

Compost-piles-compressedThe Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove compost site, 546 South 400 West, will be closed to the public Saturday through Monday, Sept. 3 through 5, for the Labor Day weekend holiday.

The Valparaiso site will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6. The site is owned and operated by the City of Valparaiso with assistance from Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction. Regular operating hours for the Valpo site are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Boone Grove compost site, owned and operated by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction, will reopen at noon Wednesday, Sept. 7. Regular operating hours for the Boone Grove site are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both public compost sites will remain open through Dec. 3.

The compost sites allow Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction and select municipalities to manage organic material, composting yard waste and grinding organic wood waste to create large amounts of finished compost and mulch. The resulting compost and mulch are available free to Porter County residents to use, while supplies last.

Porter County residents should call the District, 465-3694, to determine site access during inclement weather and material availability. Residents can bring their own shovels and containers to load as much compost and mulch as they want.

The City of Valparaiso Public Works Department will load Porter County residents with material on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Interested residents should contact the department for more information, 462-4612.

Both compost sites accept organic yard waste, leaves, garden and household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. Residents should remove bags and other containers upon dropping off materials. No treated wood or lumber of any kind is accepted. Grass is only accepted at the Boone Grove site.

Other materials accepted at both sites for recycling include: household batteries, old electronics (computers, televisions, anything with an electrical cord or operated by batteries), fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs), toner cartridges, old media (CDs, DVDs, video games etc.).

For more information on the compost sites or Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction, visit or call 219-465-3694.

Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction is an agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life by providing services and educational programs which help residents reduce, reuse, and recycle.