Recycle sensitive documents and dispose of prescription drugs safely! The Village of Park Forest is hosting their annual free Shred and Drug Take-Back Event on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. Residency is not required.
Limit two copy paper-size boxes of paper for shredding per vehicle. Please label your boxes! Do not bring three-ring binders, plastic sleeves, sharps or liquids.
Bring your paper and prescription drugs to the Village Hall parking lot, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, IL 60466. Enter at Main Street off Orchard Drive. Pull up in your vehicle, and the village will retrieve the boxes from your trunk!
Park Forest Garden Club will hand out tree seedlings for Arbor Day while supplies last.
Let’s lay the foundation for a sovereign local food system here in the southland! The Park Forest Event Commission presents the Second Annual Southland Local Food Systems Expo on Saturday, April 22 from 1-4 p.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main St., Park Forest, IL 60466. Learn how communities can come together to create positive change, lessening burdens on the environment and our health.
Meet and connect with local farmers! The expo features an extensive line up: Tulip Tree Gardens, Happy Life Ranch, Fox at the Fork Farm, Janie’s Mill, Ditto Foods, LLC., Multiple Harvest, Soileviah, Patrick the Mushroom Man of Peotone, Belluso’s 1871 Farm, Sonas Farms, Good Vibes, Wrought Iron Farm, Urban Canopy, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance and representatives from Park Forest’s own Farmer’s Market, Sustainability Office, and Community Gardeners.
Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are free but limited quantity. While walk-ins are welcome, priority will be given to ticket holders. Reserve your ticket here.
Parking is free. Light food and beverages will be available. This is a family friendly and handicap accessible event, but there will not be entertainment for children.
There will be a cash raffle to benefit the free seed library at the Park Forest Library.
An afternoon of food, fun and tons of information! Learn how communities can come together to create positive change, lessening burdens on the environment and our health. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are free but in limited quality. While walk-ins are welcome, priority will be given to ticket holders.
Recycle sensitive documents and dispose of prescription drugs safely! Residency not required. Limit 2 copy paper-sized boxes of paper per vehicle. No three-ring binders, plastic sleeves, liquids or sharps. Pull up in your vehicle and the boxes will be retrieved from your trunk.
26 volunteers (20 of them were Parker Junior High School NJHS students)
1,000 lbs of pumpkins
The pumpkins are being composted at Possibility Place Nursery in Monee, Illinois. This was also our second year collecting Halloween candy wrappers for recycling by partnering with The Center for Dental Excellence in Flossmoor and Rubicon’s Trick or Trash recycling program.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and everyone who participated in Pumpkin Smash. A huge thank you to Homewood Disposal for sponsoring the dumpster and Coyote Run for hosting this event for the seventh year in a row!
The Sauk Trail Baptist Temple will collect hazardous materials on November 12 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for recycling. Outdated prescription pills, electronics, books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes will also be accepted.
Accepted hazardous materials and limits:
4 boxes of shredding
4 cans of paint
4 cans/jars/ bottles of chemicals
No limit on batteries
All steel and aluminum accepted
This event is sponsored by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s Recycling Program, Village of Richton Park and Southland Voice.
Looking for light and tree recycling options for the 2022-2023 winter season? Holiday light recycling containers are located at the H-F Racquet & Fitness Club, Irwin Community Center, outside the Goldberg Center and Irons Oaks from November 21 to January 18.
Live Tree Recycling runs December 26 through January 18. Bring your undecorated and unwrapped holiday trees to Irons Oaks’ Vollmer Road lot. Trees should be stacked neatly with the trunks pointed towards the parking lot. Yard waste will not be accepted.
Pumpkin Smash 2022 is scheduled for November 5, the first Saturday following Halloween. The event will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Coyote Run Golf Course, 800 Kedzie Avenue, Flossmoor, Illinois. Pumpkin Smash is an annual effort, organized by the Chicago Southland Green Committee, to divert pumpkins from landfills by providing a location for residents to drop off jack-o-lanterns to be composted.
The Center for Dental Excellence in Flossmoor will be collecting Halloween candy wrappers for recycling at this event, as part of the Trick or Trash recycling program. Community members are encouraged to bring their candy wrappers to be recycled. Paper, food, and aluminum can not be recycled in the Trick or Trash receptacle. More information about Trick or Trash is available at rubicon.com/trick-or-trash.
Thanks to Homewood Disposal for donating a dumpster and delivering the event’s compost to Possibility Place.
Pumpkin Smash is sponsored by the Chicago Southland Green Committee, Homewood Disposal, and the Homewood Science Center. For more information about Pumpkin Smash, visit scarce.org/pumpkins.
Have theses things around your house? Here’s your chance to Recyclepalooza! Collect your recyclables and stop by Parker Junior High School on Saturday, October 8, between 9 a.m. and Noon to drop them off. Stay in your vehicle, sort items by category and clearly marked, then place them in your truck to be unloaded by volunteers contact free!
• Ink/Laser jet printers
• Pop can tabs
• Used razors
• Gently used clothes
• Sporting goods
• American Flags
• Pastic gift cards
• New travel size toiletries
• Small household items
• Gently used towels and blankets
• Used mascara wands
• Plastic bread tags
• Clean & dry Styrofoam (no packing peanuts)
• Used oral care products & packaging
• TVs ($20 per set)
Recyclepalooza is sponsored by the Village of Flossmoor Green Commission, Chicago Southland Green Committee, Flossmoor School District 161 and Homewood Disposal.
Walk Walton, sponsored by The Weglarz Company, is a nature fest and fundraiser benefiting Homewood Science Center. Celebrate the science of the season at Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve on Sunday October 23, 2022. This is a rain or shine event, refunds will not be given in the case of inclement weather.
Festival goers will enjoy:
Ms. Dominique’s Spooky Science in Black Bear Lodge, sponsored by Tonja Cook The Learning & STEM Specialist
Investigating marine biology at the pond with UChicago’s Professor Cathy Pfister
Exploring nature with Forest Preserves of Cook County
Taking part in a special project led by our Middle School Conservation Ecology Interns, sponsored by ComEd
Decorating a Jack-o-lantern at our Pumpkin Patch sponsored by Will Davis, State Representative 30th District
A sweet autumn treat– we’ll have donuts from Walt’s and hot apple cider
Ticket sales close Saturday October 22 at 5pm.
$25 for Adults
Kids FREE: ages 18 and under, accompanied by a paid adult