• 2019 brings more access to public compost sites

    March 07, 2019
    Porter County – Porter County residents will appreciate two additional conveniences this year when it comes to access to public compost sites.
    The Boone Grove compost site, 400 W. 550 S., will be open two additional days for a total of six days a week. In addition, the Portage compost site, 6451 U.S. Highway 12, will open to all residents later this season, offering north county residents a convenient place to drop off yard waste and pick up mulch and compost. The opening date is to be determined.
    Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove compost site will open for the season March 25, to give Porter County residents options to drop off and recycle yard waste from spring yard cleanups.
    Regular hours for the Valparaiso compost site will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Currently, the Valparaiso compost site is open Saturdays only from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through March 23. The Valparaiso compost site is owned by the City of Valparaiso and operated with help from Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction.
    The Boone Grove site will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Currently the site is closed. The Boone Grove site is owned and operated by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction.
    These large scale municipal composting operations allow the 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 for all Porter County residents.
    Materials accepted at these sites include organic yard waste, leaves, garden clippings, household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. Treated wood or lumber is not accepted. Compost and mulch will be available for residents to take, while supplies last.
    Other materials accepted for proper disposal at the Valpo and Boone Grove compost sites include old or unusable electronics (anything with an electrical cord or powered by batteries); compact and tube fluorescent light bulbs; household batteries; toner cartridges; smoke detectors; and old media, such as floppy disks, DVDs and CDs, etc. These recycling opportunities will not be available at the Portage site.
    Sites may close due to inclement weather.
    For more information about public compost sites in Porter County, visit the District’s website, www.PorterCountyRecycling.org, email info@PorterCountyRecycling.org or call 465-3694.
                The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County 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.                                                                                              
    Donna Stuckert
    (219) 465-3819
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