Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction Celebrates International Compost Awareness Week

The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County invites residents to visit a compost site during International Compost Awareness Week, May 8-13, 2023. In celebration, the District says it will offer free loading of compost and mulch for area residents Monday, May 8 through Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the Portage and Valparaiso Compost Sites. Non-residents will be charged a fee of $10/ per cubic yard for compost. Limit of 9 cubic yards a day per resident.

Valparaiso Compost Site on West Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN:
Loading hours for compost: Monday-Saturday 9am-12pm.
Loading hours for mulch: Monday-Saturday 12:30pm-2pm.

Portage Compost Site on U.S. Highway 12, Portage, IN:
Loading hours for both compost and mulch: Monday – Friday: 10am – 2pm, Saturday 9am-2pm.

Composting is a resourceful method for recycling organic materials such as leaves and grass clippings, which create a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Compost can improve lawn and garden health, reduce soil erosion, keep waste out of landfills, and create carbon rich soil, the announcement from the district said.

Residents can also drop off items such as household recyclables (cardboard, glass bottles, aluminum/tin, plastic tubs, jugs and bottles), electronics, plastic bags and books for recycling at these two compost sites. Visit PorterCountyRecycling.org or call 219-465-3694 for more information.