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Help the Environment – Recycle Your Christmas Tree

     Bring your live Christmas trees, Christmas Lights, wreaths and other holiday decorations to the Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, to be turned into compost and mulch for your gardens and landscaping. 
    Valpo compost site will be open Saturdays and Sundays for Christmas trees, Christmas Lights, and Electronics recycling 9am – 4pm through Dec 30th. (Off-season hours)
    New in 2020 Starting  January 4th, normal hours begin: Mon – Sat 8am – 4pm, (effective Jan. 4th 2020)   

     This site is open to ALL RESIDENTS of Porter County. Christmas Ornaments and lights must be removed. Christmas lights are also accepted, but they must be separated from trees and wreaths prior to recycling.

     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.

     Besides CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, Plastics, Wrapping Paper  And electronics, residents can recycle other items at the Valparaiso compost site, including household batteries, toner cartridges, smoke detectors, 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.
   Valparaiso Compost Site, 2150 W. Lincolnway (Hwy. 130 – 1 mile west of intersection with Joliet)
    The Boone Groove compost site, 546 S. 400 W, will remain closed through March 25, when it will open for the season. The site is owned and operated by the district.
    Portage Compost Site, 6451 U.S. Highway 12, closed through March 25.

Other organic materials accepted at this site include: 

  • yard waste,
  • leaves,
  • garden clippings,
  • household plants,
  • brush, limbs, logs and firewood,

No grass, lumber or treated wood will be accepted.

Did you get a new laptop or television for Christmas? You can recycle your old or unwanted electronics at the compost site as well. They accept anything with a power cord or run by batteries.  



Sue Baxter