In Porter County, the Valparaiso compost site will begin off-season hours starting this Saturday so residents can recycle their organic holiday decorations. Donna Stuckert, with Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction, told the Region News Team the Saturday Valparaiso compost site hours are 9am-to-2pm and will continue there through March 24th. She says residents can recycle their once-live Christmas trees and wreaths, but that ornaments and lights must be removed prior to drop off.
Stuckert says you can also bring your old or unwanted electronics on Saturday’s in the event Santa brought you new ones. 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 Valparaiso compost site will remain closed to the public weekdays till March 26th, when it will open for the season. The Boone Groove compost site, 546 S. 400 W, will remain closed through March 26th, when it will open for the season.
For more information on the public compost sites, visit the District’s website, www.PorterCountyRecycling.org, or call 219-465-3694