PORTER COUNTY | The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, will be closed to the public on July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
The Valparaiso site will reopen at 9 a.m. July 5. The site is owned and operated by the city of Valparaiso. The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County helps to maintain it and staff the guard house. Its regular operating hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
The Boone Grove compost site, owned and operated by the district, is normally closed on Thursdays. Its operating hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
The compost sites allow the waste reduction district 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 for Porter County residents to use while supplies last.
County residents should call the district at (219) 465-3694, to determine site access during inclement weather and material availability. Residents should bring their own shovels and containers to load as much compost and mulch as they want.
Both sites accept organic yard waste, leaves, garden and household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. Residents must 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 for recycling at both sites include: household batteries, old electronics (cellphones and accessories, computers, televisions, anything with an electrical cord or operated by batteries), fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs), toner cartridges and old media (CDs, video cassettes, etc.).
Call (219) 465-3694.