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Porter County – Porter County residents have a place to properly dispose of their organic holiday decorations after the New Year.
The currently closed Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, will begin off-season hours Jan. 6, so all residents can recycle their once-live Christmas trees and wreaths. Ornaments and lights must be removed prior to drop off.
The 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday hours will continue through March 24. The site will remain closed to the public weekdays till March 26, when it will open for the season. Other organic materials accepted at this site include yard waste, leaves, garden clippings, household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood.
The Valparaiso compost site also provides a place where Porter County residents can recycle their unwanted electronics. Accepted electronics include: computers, monitors, televisions, typewriters, copiers, VCRs, fax machines, microwaves, scanners, gaming machines, and anything with an electrical cord or batteries, except large appliances. Christmas lights are also accepted, but they must be separated from trees and wreaths prior to recycling.
Besides electronics and organic materials, residents can recycle other items at the Valparaiso compost site, including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs), and old media like CDs and DVDs. Video/audio cassettes or other media with tape or film are not accepted.
The compost site is owned by the City of Valparaiso and operates with assistance from the Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction. The Boone Groove compost site, 546 S. 400 W, will remain closed through March 26, when it will open for the season. The site is owned and operated by the district.
Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction is an agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life by providing services and educational programs which help residents reduce, reuse, and recycle.
For more information on the public compost sites, visit the District’s website, www.PorterCountyRecycling.org, or call 219-465-3694