Porter County’s compost sites in Boone Grove and Valparaiso will be closed on Saturday, July 4th for the Independence Day holiday, with both sites reopening with regular hours on Monday, July 6th. Donna Stuckert, Public Education Coordinator told the Region News Team if your planning on cleaning up your yard for 4th of July festivities, now is the time to bring in your organic yard waste. She says anything in your yard that falls from your trees will be accepted, as well as house plants, dead garden plants and bushes. Stuckert says Porter County residents are also welcomed come out and take as much compost and mulch as they like for their yards, while supplies last.
Residents should bring their own shovels and containers to load the compost and mulch.
Regular season hours for the Valparaiso compost site are 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Regular hours for the Boone Grove site, owned and operated by the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County, are noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
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 (cell phones and accessories, computers, televisions, anything with an electrical cord or batteries), fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs), toner cartridges, and old media (CDs, DVDs, video games, etc. Cassette, VCR or other media with tape/film are no longer accepted).
For more information on the compost sites or the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County, visit www.ItMeansTheWorld.org or call 219-465-3694.