Help the Environment – Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Valpo compost site to open Saturdays for Christmas tree, electronics recycling 9am – 2pm through March 23rd, 2019.

Bring your live Christmas trees, wreaths and other organic holiday decorations to the Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, to be turned into compost and mulch for your gardens and landscaping. 

Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Off-season hours begin Jan. 5th 2019 

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 electronics and organic materials, 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. 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.

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. We accept anything with a power cord or run by batteries.  


Sue Baxter