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Incentive offered to join composting program

Residents who join the Village composting program for the first time will get three months free this year if they sign up for 12 months of continuous service, a savings of $44.56.

The cost is $14.85 per month charged on the quarterly water bill, which is about the same as recycling one bag of yard waste per week during the Village’s seasonal yard waste program that does not accept food scraps and requires a $2.60 green sticker be attached to each bag or barrel. Composting subscribers can skip the stickers by putting their grass clippings and other gardening waste right into the organics cart.

Residents who maintain backyard compost piles or mulch grass clippings are urged to investigate sharing organics carts and costs with neighbors. More than 1,000 households currently participate in the Village program that provides a special 96-gallon mobile cart for organics and an under-sink collection bucket.

Sign up for the composting program online at

For more information, call 708.358.5700 or email