Recycling and Waste Reduction District Porter County Says De-icing Salt Bags and Water Softener Bags Not Accepted at Plastic Bag Recycling Locations

The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County says it’s the time of year when many residents are using salt to de-ice driveways and sidewalks, prompting the question: How to dispose of the plastic bags that contained salt? The district says unfortunately, these bags can NOT be taken to plastic bag recycling locations like the Valparaiso Compost Site because they contain mineral residue that contaminates the recycling process, so they must be thrown in the trash. Water softener salt bags are also NOT accepted at the drop-off sites.

Other plastic bags like grocery bags are not recyclable in your curbside bin, but they can be deposited at special sites throughout Porter County. The District website maintains a list of such locations. NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, some organizations have paused their plastic bag recycling services. The District website maintains a countywide list of organizations currently known to be accepting bags at .

The Valparaiso Compost Site is located at 2150 West Lincolnway, Valparaiso, Indiana. Open Monday through Saturday 8am to 4pm CDT.

Visit for a thorough list of accepted bags, wraps, and films. Please make sure all plastic bags are clean, dry, and completely empty before bringing them to a participating site.

For more information about services offered by the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County visit .