The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, will begin Saturday off-season hours Jan. 8, for Porter County residents to dispose of their once live Christmas trees, wreaths and other organic waste. The 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday hours will continue through April.
Ornaments and lights should be removed from trees and wreaths before disposal.
Other organic materials accepted at this site include yard waste, leaves, garden clippings, household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. No grass or treated wood or lumber will be accepted. Porter County residents also can drop off their unwanted electronics for recycling.
Residents interested in disposing of their artificial Christmas trees and decorations should consider donating them to charitable organizations for reuse.
The Boone Groove compost site, 546 S. 400 W, will remain closed for the winter. Both the Boone Grove and Valpo sites will open for the season with extended hours beginning April 18.
The compost sites allow the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County and 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 for public use.
For more information, visit the District’s website, www.itmeanstheworld.org, or call 219-465-3694.