The Village of Oak Park | 123 Madison St.  Oak Park, IL 60302 |

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Composting program offered

With the goal of decreasing the amount of organic refuse sent to landfills, the Village of Oak Park offers a food scrap composting program to residents throughout the community. The cost is $14 per month, which is about the same as recycling one bag of yard waste per week under the current Village-wide program that does not accept food scraps.

Participants receive a special 96-gallon mobile cart for organics, an under-sink collection bucket and a box of compostable bags for food scraps. Subscribers who use the organics cart for their yard waste and food scraps are not required to purchase yard waste stickers for grass clippings placed into the organics cart.

Residents who maintain backyard compost piles or who mulch grass clippings are urged to investigate sharing organics carts and costs with neighbors.

Food scraps and food-soiled paper are the largest portion of the residential waste stream, representing about 35 percent of what residents throw away. About 500 households currently participate in the Village’s composting program.

For more information, call 708.358.5700 or email