Yard waste and compost collection will continue through the winter on a bi-weekly basis with pick-ups scheduled for every other Wednesday at properties served by the Village’s refuse hauler.
Residents not enrolled in the Village composting program will need to affix a green sticker to each bundle of brush, bag or container. Green yard waste stickers can be purchased for $3 each at grocery and hardware stores throughout the Village, as well as Village Hall, 123 Madison St.
Collection dates for residences north of the Green Line will be Dec. 26, Jan. 9, Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 6 and March 20. Collections from residences south of the Green Line will be on Jan. 2, Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 13, Feb. 27, March 13 and March 27.
Residents enrolled in the Village’s Compostable program should place yard waste in their gray, 96-gallon cart, which does not require a green sticker. Regular weekly collection resumes in April and continues through November with yard waste and compost pick-ups on the same day as refuse and recycling collection.
More information is available at www.oak-park.us/refuse and by contacting Public Works at 708.358.5700 or email@example.com.
Incentive offered to join composting program…Residents who join the Village composting program for the first time will get three months free 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 through the Village’s yard waste program that does not accept food scraps and requires a $3 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.
Nearly 1,600 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 www.oak-park.us/compost.
For more information, call 708.358.5700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.