The City of Valparaiso and the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County invite residents to take advantage of getting compost loaded for free during International Compost Awareness Week.

The city’s Public Works Department will be on hand to load compost for Porter County residents from 9 a.m. to noon May 2 through 7 at the Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway. Businesses interested in participating should call 462-4612 for further details.

The Valpo compost site is a large scale municipal composting operation that offers Porter County residents the opportunity to drop off their yard waste for recycling.  The district partners with the city to manage the organic material, composting yard waste and grinding organic wood waste to create large amounts of finished compost and mulch.

After April 18, regular hours for the Valpo compost site are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The site is currently closed during the week and open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Additionally to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, complimentary “how to” books on backyard composting will be available at the Valpo compost site as well as the district’s Boone Grove compost site, 400 West 550 South, which is open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, beginning April 18. The site is currently closed.

More information about district compost sites and what is accepted at each site is available here.

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