Public Compost Sites Close for Labor Day Holiday

(Photo provided by Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County)

(Photo provided by Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County)

The Valparaiso compost site and the Boone Grove compost site will be closed to the public Saturday through Monday, September 5 through September 7, for the Labor Day weekend holiday. The Valparaiso site will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday, September 8. The site is owned and operated by the City of Valparaiso with assistance from the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County. Regular operating hours for the Valparaiso 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 the district, will reopen at noon Wednesday, September 9. 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. 5.

The compost sites allow the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County 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.  It’s recommended that Porter County residents call the District, 219-465-3694, 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 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a charge. Interested residents should contact the department for more information, 219-462-4612.

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 the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, visit www.ItMeansTheWorld.org or call 219-465-3694.