In an effort to encourage composting among residents, the Village is making kitchen compost pails available for purchase for $10 per pail at the cashier’s window at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. The pails help simplify collection of food scraps for disposal at one of five free compost drop-off locations in the community. Each pail includes a screen-printed list of acceptable and unacceptable items and a vented lid that provides maximum odor control and air circulation. While the CompostAble collection program is only available to residential households of up to five units served by the Village’s waste-hauling contract, residents who live in multifamily buildings or are otherwise not enrolled in the program may leave food scraps in the clearly labeled carts at one of five locations in the Village (click here to view a map):
- 102 N. Lombard Ave. – Adjacent to Central Water Pump Station
- 1125 Ontario Ave. – Holley Court Parking Garage at the Marion Street entrance/exit near the bicycle racks
- 720 North Blvd. – Avenue Parking garage near main entrance
- 1010 N. Ridgeland Ave. – North Water Pump Station near corner of Ridgeland and Berkshire
- 207 Garfield St. - Adjacent to the South Water Pump Station
Any large multifamily or condo association can also contract independently with the Village’s contractor LRS or another provider for composting service. Building owners and condo associations can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with the compost contracting process.
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Compost program diverts waste from landfills
The Village offers a food scrap composting collection program for residential households of up to five units. Participants receive a gray 96-gallon cart for weekly collection of organics, a three-gallon food scrap kitchen pail and a sample of compostable bags for food scraps. Both yard waste and food scraps may be placed in the organics cart, eliminating the need to purchase yard waste stickers. An organic cart subscription costs $15.68 per month, which is about the cost of one yard-waste sticker and one yard-waste bag per week. Residents can share an organic cart with one other neighbor to reduce the monthly cost. More details and an online registration form are available at www.oak-park.us/compostable. For more information, email email@example.com or call 708.358.5700.