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Posted on: May 30, 2018

Composting service available soon to all residents

Organic Food Composting

The City of Elmhurst is pleased to offer a new service for the residents of Elmhurst as part of our waste collection and recycling collection service. Starting on June 1st, residents can include certain types of food scraps and other organic waste with their yard waste for collection.


Acceptable items:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Pastas
  • Meat (no bones)
  • Breads
  • Crackers
  • Cereals
  • Egg shells
  • Dairy—cheese, yogurt (no liquids)

Unacceptable Materials:

  • No packaging 
  • No cups, flat ware, or paper products
  • No labels
  • No rubber bands
  • No plastics
  • No glass
  • No liquids
  • No milk or juices
  • No beverages

This is in addition to the following items that were previously accepted:

  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings and weeds
  • Floral trimmings
  • Bundled tree trimmings and brush                                                                                                                                       

During the Yard Waste collection period, April 1st through December 1st, these items can be placed out weekly along with your yard waste in either an unlined garbage can or a biodegradable paper bag. A Yard Waste sticker must be attached to each container. Each container must weigh less than 50 pounds and must be no larger than 35 gallons.The program is voluntary. The City is working with Republic Services to offer a rental toter for this purpose. With this rental, there will be no need for additional stickers.More information will soon be available on the City’s website, and a postcard will be mailed to all residents. Also stay tune for updates on the City Facebook Page and monthly E-Newsletter.