Compost Sites in Porter County

Did you know almost 15 percent of the materials that end up in landfills is made up of yard waste?

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Most of your yard waste CAN be recycled into compost or wood chips, so why throw it out with the trash?

If you don't have room on your property to compost your own yard waste, drop it off for free at one of two public compost sites open to Porter County residents!  The end result of your yard waste is compost, a rich, organic material that is great for your gardens and house plants; wood chips that can be used for mulch; and firewood that comes in handy during those cold Indiana winters. Compost, wood chips and firewood are available for free to Porter County residents, while supplies last. Residents who live outside the county will be charged $10 per cu. yd. Be sure to call to determine availability, 465-3694. Bring shovels and containers to load as much compost/mulch as you want.

These sites accept organic yard waste, leaves, garden and household plants, etc. They also will accept brush, limbs, logs, firewood, and those once live home decorations, like pumpkins, corn, gourds, mums and Christmas trees!  Brush should be no longer than 6 ft. and no bigger than 12 inches in diameter.

  • Plastic bags and other such containers must be removed from site by residents.
  • Grass is accepted at the Boone Grove site ONLY. Try grasscycling!
  • No treated wood or lumber of any kind are accepted at any site.
  • If inclement weather occurs, please call the District Office to see if the sites are operational. 
  • Please refer to the info below for hours of operations.


View a video of the Valpo and Boone Grove compost sites.


What ELSE can residents recycle at these compost sites?

  • Household batteries
  • Old electronics (computers, televisions, anything with an electrical cord or run by batteries!)
  • Fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs)
  • Toner cartridges
  • Old media (CDs, DVDs, etc. No longer accepting media with film, such as VHS and cassette tapes.)
  • Cell phones

Compost sites availability. View details below.
Check out holiday closings.

  • Valparaiso Compost Site, 2150 W. Lincolnway (Hwy. 130 – 1 mile west of intersection with Joliet)
    • Regular Season Hours: March 30-Dec. 5, 2015 -- Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
    • Off-Season Hours: Jan. 10-March 28, 2015 -- Saturdays only, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Click here for map.
    • Loading will be available for Porter County residents on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. beginning March 31: Compost, $10 per cubic yard; mulch, free. Residents must pay at the Valpo Public Works Office, 1855 Joliet Road, prior to arriving at the compost site for their material. Bring the receipt for proof of purchase. Call the Valpo Public Works Department, 462-4612 for further details.
    • International Compost Awareness Week, May 3-9, free loading of compost from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday through Saturday (limit of 3 cubic yards per resident.)
  • Boone Grove Compost Site, 546 South 400 West (Hwy. 8 to 400 West, head north to 550 South)
    • Regular Season Hours: March 30-Dec. 5, 2015 -- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
    • Closed Dec. 7, 2014 - March 28, 2015.


Ready to try home composting? If so here's how to compost. Why not participate in one of our composting workshops?

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