Sustainable Elmhurst

The City of Elmhurst is dedicated to the enhancement and protection of the immediate and long term well-being of the City, its citizens, and its natural environment. To that end, the City of Elmhurst will consider sustainable environmental practices as an integral component of its leadership role in the community.

COMMUNICATION UPDATES

FALL 2019 FRONT PORCH

If you are looking for opportunities to recycle unique materials, the City of Elmhurst might be able to help you. Listed below are several recycling opportunities in your home town.

Organic Waste Recycling:  This past year, the City worked with Republic Services to add a new option for composting organic waste. Residents can now include food scraps and other organic waste into their yard waste pick up. You can either use the brown landscape waste bags with a sticker, or rent an organics waster toter from Republic.

Cooking Oil Recycling:  This is an annual collection of cooking oil that takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. On November 30th, bring your used cooking oil to the Public Works Facility at 985 S. Riverside Drive in Elmhurst from 9 am- noon where the oil will be collected and recycled. Dumping in the sewer system can lead to problem with your line or the public system.

Pumpkin Recycling: Elmhurst will again collect used pumpkins the first Saturday after Halloween (Nov 2 ) at the Public Works Facility, 985 S. Riverside Drive in Elmhurst from 9 am- noon. By recycling your pumpkins, you are reducing the volume in the landfills and the pumpkins are composted for reuse.

Electronics Recycling:  The City has partnered with DuPage County to provide a quarterly electronic recycling drop off at the Public Works Facility, 985 S. Riverside Drive from 8 am - noon. The next collection is scheduled for October 26th. While most items are collected free of charge, there is a fee for televisions and monitors.

Paints/Stains Recycling: New to Elmhurst this year, we will be hosting a recycling event for latex and oil based paints, primers, stains, sealers and coatings. This event will take place from 9 am - noon on Saturday, October 19th at the Public Works facility, 985 S. Riverside Drive in Elmhurst. There is a fee for recycling these materials. To learn more visit: epaintrecyclingsolutions.com

Smoke Detector Recycling: Residents can drop off your old smoke detectors year round at in the City Hall Lobby on weekdays from 8:30 am - 5pm.

Prescription Drug Takeback: Residents can drop off prescription drugs year round in the lobby of the Elmhurst Police Station. Please do not place them in your trash or flush them down the toilet, help to keep the water system drug free.

Want to learn more ways to reduce what goes into a landfill? Try reducing the contamination in your recycling. To ensure that your recycling avoids the landfill learn more at recyclingsimplified.com

Keep an eye out for opportunities to participate in City of Elmhurst’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan update. The Plan will focus on ways to make walking and biking to schools and popular destinations safer and more convenient. For more information, visit bikewalkelmhurst.com

For more information on sustainability opportunities through the City of Elmhurst, please visit sustainableelmhurst.org.

AUGUST 2019 UPDATE

If you are looking for opportunities to recycle unique materials, the City of Elmhurst might be able to help you.  In addition to offering organic waste recycling with Republic Services, the City will continue to host the annual cooking oil (Saturday after Thanksgiving), and pumpkin (Saturday after Halloween) recycling events at the Public Works Facility. In addition to these events the Public Works Facility will host electronics recycling on October 26th and a new event to recycle paints and stains on October 19th.  Don't forget you can recycle smoke detectors all year round through the Fire Department at City Hall and prescription drugs at the Police Station.

JULY 2019 UPDATE

The City is working with Republic Services to make recycling more effective in Elmhurst.  Recently, the recycling industry was impacted by new global policies and market changes.  These factors have forced refuse services like Republic Services to restrict what may be recycled.  It is important to avoid contaminating your recycling bin with items that cannot be recycled.  By avoiding contamination, you can ensure that large truck loads can be recycled and not redirected to a landfill. To learn more about what can and cannot be recycled watch this Republic Services video found at this link.


JUNE 2019 UPDATE

The City of Elmhurst has pledged to cease using coal tar for sewer and street projects. This pledge is a testament to Elmhurst's commitment of clean streets and waterways for residents and the greater community. 

                       

SUMMER 2019 FRONT PORCH

The City of Elmhurst is focused on ensuring the natural features and environmental assets are here for future generations. To celebrate some of the work the City is doing, the Front Porch Newsletter will now feature a “Sustainable Elmhurst” section in each issue.

The City’s composting program began recently. This program allows residents to utilize curbside composting services for organic waste or food scraps. This is a great service for residents looking to minimize the amount of landfill waste they produce. Residents are encouraged to call Republic Services or visit City Hall to sign up for a 65-gallon organic waste toter, or simply use appropriate containers with a yard waste sticker. Residents can compost items such as: grass clippings, fruits and vegetables, pastas, egg shells, and more! For a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable materials, visit the City’s website.

Another major accomplishment for the City of Elmhurst is the pledge to cease using coal tar for sewer and street projects. This pledge is a testament to Elmhurst’s commitment of clean streets and waterways for residents and the greater community.        

Keep an eye out for more sustainable initiatives from the City of Elmhurst and its residents. Join us at the first Farmer’s Market on June 5th to receive a free reusable grocery bag provided by MC2 while supplies last.