Officials open Portage compost site

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on July 03, 2019 with No Comments

Board by sign from left: City of Portage Councilwoman and Solid Waste Board Chair Sue Lynch; Kouts Town Councilman and Solid Waste Board Vice Chair Tim Jones; Portage Mayor and Solid Waste Board Member John Cannon; Porter County Recycling Executive Director Therese Haller; and Citizens Advisory Committee Chair Reggie Korthals.

Solid waste and Portage city officials gathered with members of the community at the new north county compost site Wednesday to mark its availability to all Porter County residents.

“The Portage compost site is an example of what good things can happen when the county and cities work together,” said Sue Lynch, Portage councilwoman and board chair of Porter County Recycling. “The partnership between Porter County solid waste district and the city is amazing.”

“This is going to be an exciting addition to Portage,” said Mayor John Cannon, who is a Porter County Recycling board member.

Portage residents Fayellen and Steve Forsythe get ready to load compost.

The Portage compost site, 6451 U.S. Highway 12, is accessible 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays through Dec. 7. The entrance is marked with a sign and is located on the south side of U.S. Highway 12, 2.75 miles west of State Road 149.

The site is owned by the City of Portage with staffing and maintenance provided by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction.

Residents can bring their yard waste and self-load as much compost and mulch as they want. Plastic bags and other such containers must be removed by residents before they leave the site. No treated wood, lumber or grass clippings will be accepted.

“You know it’s not easy to put a compost site in,” Lynch said. “You have to get permits; you have regulations; you have to do testing; so we had to jump over all of those hurdles just to get that to happen, plus having a correct design.

“We are not only providing a place to get rid of our yard waste properly, we are saving thousands of dollars by not putting these things in landfills,” she added.

For more information on Porter County compost sites, visit www.PorterCountyRecycling.orgor call the district at 219-465-3694.

The 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.


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