Need to dispose of a fresh Christmas tree after the Holidays? Porter County Residents can take their Christmas trees and other fresh holiday decorations like wreaths to the Valparaiso Compost Site (located at 2150 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN) now open for winter hours: Monday through Saturday 8am to 4pm and CLOSED on January 1st in observance of New Years.
Unfortunately, artificial trees cannot be recycled. Sometimes artificial trees in good condition can be donated to local nonprofits or social service organizations like Goodwill. “It may seem counterintuitive, but experts consider the use of real Christmas trees to be a more environmentally friendly option than artificial ones,” said Ron Taylor, Public Education Coordinator for the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County. “The shipping and manufacturing processes behind artificial trees produce extensive carbon emissions and most artificial trees are made of plastics which can’t be recycled. It’s more sustainable long-term to use real trees and compost them every year.”
The Valparaiso Compost Site also accepts household electronics (nearly any item with a cord or batteries), along with batteries, household drop-off recycling, light bulbs, and clean and dry plastic bags. Large appliances and freon-containing devices like refrigerators and dehumidifiers are not accepted. The site is a particularly convenient option if you've got mountains of cardboard boxes to dispose of after the Holidays -- just flatten them out, remove all the packing materials and bring them to the Valparaiso Compost Site.
For more information, contact the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County at email@example.com or visit www.portercountyrecycling.org.