Compost & Recycling

The City of Berne maintains a compost site at our Wastewater Treatment Plant northeast of Berne on Rd 550S. (¼ mile E of 000) Follow the signs at the site.

Compost Hours

April 1- October 5th  2019

  • Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday 7 am-3 pm.
  • Tuesday and Thursday 7 am-6 pm
  • Closed Sunday

December 2nd -March 31st 2019

  • Monday-Friday 7 am to 3 pm.
  • Closed Saturday and Sunday

Compost material is free for Berne residents’ personal landscaping needs. You may shovel load available material anytime the compost site is open.  If you are needing a larger quantitiy, a City of Berne employee can assist you with loading Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 pm and Saturday 7am-3pm from April-October 5th. No personal loading equipment is allowed.

Compost Guidelines

Acceptable Materials                                                                                    
• Shrubs-Grass
• Limbs-Branches-Leaves
• Garden-Lawn Vegetation

Materials That Will Not Be Allowed
• No Appliances, Cardboard
• No Plastics, Cans, House Trash
• No Commercial Products
• No Wood, Lumber, Demo. Material



Limbs & Branches Pickup schedule for 2019

Every Friday– March-November. As needed December-February. 

City Wide Grass /Leaf /Garden Vegetation Pickup schedule for 2019

Every Thursday from April 4th-Sept. 26th   Place grass in proper open container.

2019 Fall Leaf Vac Schedule  for Grass /Leaf /Garden Vegetation

From October 7th  – December 5th : place grass and leaves on the pavement for vacuum pickup.  Route Schedule

You may also bring the above materials to our compost site at the Wastewater Treatment Plant northeast of Berne on Rd 550S.   (¼ mile E of 000 )during the hours noted.  Follow the signs at the site.


At this time, the City of Berne does not offer curbside recycling. However, there are a number of options available for those wishing to do so.


 Compassionate Ministries Paper Trailer is no longer available. Updated  6-27-2011


Berne’s Recycle Center Operated by Adams County Solid Waste

7315 S US Highway 27at Simon Mfg. (Unit Step)

Use the lane on the north side and follow directions. Open on Mondays from 9 AM-5 PM
(The center is closed any Monday that is a legal holiday, but will be open on Tuesday of that week)

Citizens of Berne are encouraged to recycle cans, plastics, newspapers and cardboard by using the recycle location. If you have any questions about using this service, please call the Adams County transfer station:

Adams County Solid Waste District (Landfill)
3775 N 200 E
Decatur, IN 46733
260-724-9971- Toll-free:1-888-724-9971 



In 2019,  the blue box for e-waste located at the  Jefferson Street city garage was removed by the owner due to repeated abuse of the e-waste policy. 

 If you have questions about e-waste materials, please call the Adams County Solid Waste District.