The Highway Department of Orland Township is presenting a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, August 13th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Victor J. Andrew High School, located at 9001 W. 171st Street in Tinley Park, Illinois. This event is free to all Illinois residents, but a reservation is required to participate. Register online by visiting calendly.com/othd/hhwc22. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Highway Department of Orland Township: 708-403-5148.
The Village of Park Forest will host RecycleFest 2022 on Saturday, July 30th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Main Street & Orchard Drive. Electronics, TVs ($20 per TV), bikes, eyeglasses, housewares, clothing, shoes, trophies, sporting goods, styrofoam, American flags, prescription drugs, and oral care products will be collected. Plastic bags and paper for shredding will not be accepted at this event.
Box your collectable items together and clearly label them. Place the items in the trunk of your vehicle, and pull your vehicle through the designated RecycleFest lane.
Questions can be directed to the Village of Park Forest Sustainability Office at 708-503-9372. Learn more at villageofparkforest.com/sustainability
Here are 18 things you can do to reduce plastic waste this Plastic Free July:
- Bring your own shopping bag. If necessary, use paper bags.
- Purchase secondhand.
- Buy loose & in bulk. Buy items you purchase often in bulk with little to no packaging. Look for sustainable packaging options like glass or cardboard.
- Use cloth diapers. 7.6 billion pounds of diapers are discarded in the U.S. each year.
- Stop buying bottled water.
- Ditch straws. If needed, use paper or metal alternatives.
- Make your own cleaning products. Use nontoxic ingredients to improve indoor air quality and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottle cleaners.
- Skip products with microbeads. These beads pass through water treatment plants and cause harm to animals.
- Use reusable containers. Skip plastic baggies or wrap. Use green, durable alternatives such as glass jars, cloth produce bags, or beeswax wrap.
- Cook like a natural. If you cook with less processed food, you’ll reduce packaging waste.
- Shave smart. Eliminate plastic disposal razors. Use razors with replaceable blades.
- Keep a zero-waste kit. When planning a day out, pack your travel mug, metal container, jar for leftovers, napkin, and real utensils.
- Use natural sponges. Use cotton rags or cellulose sponges like loofah, hemp, or bamboo.
- Skip K-cups! Grind your own coffee or have it ground at the store.
- Shop at a farmer’s market. Buy fresh, local, unpackaged produce!
- Don’t trash it! Compost it. Composting reduces plastic garbage bags and lowers CO2 emissions. Composting helps grow unpackaged food.
- Refuse stuff. Tell your server you don’t want a straw or you brought your own cutlery or takeout container.
Spread the word about these Plastic Free July tips using the image or pdf below!
Flossmoor School District 161 held a community clean up event at Flossmoor Hills Elementary School on April 9, 2022. Volunteers collected litter from the school grounds. Thanks to all who participated in the Clean Up event, Homewood Disposal for presenting to fourth and fifth grade students this month, and students and staff who have been problem solving and discussing recycling correctly.
The Sustainability office completed a very successful first Annual Community Clean Up this past Saturday picking up litter the entire length of Tamarack street. There were 28 volunteers including Mayor Vanderbilt and his 3 children, 3 Environment Commissioners, many hard working NHS students, and a resident from Homewood in the mix. The rain held out, and they braved the cold, wet elements to collect 51 bags of trash, 1 bag of recycling, a TV, 2 tires, a broken chair and a mattress/box spring set. This event wouldn’t have been a success without the Parks department for all the supplies and Public Works for picking up the waste collected. Many thanks to all involved.
This event was in collaboration with the Chicago Southland Green Committee made up of the many agencies in Homewood, Flossmoor, Olympia Fields and Park Forest including libraries, school districts, villages and parks departments. There was companion Clean Up events happening on Saturday in the other communities as well as throughout this month.
The Chicago Southland Green Committee organizes a Community Clean Up event each year in April to celebrate Earth Month. Everyone is encouraged to come out and clean up streets, yards, parks, common areas, and other locations in their communities.
Our next Community Clean Up is Saturday, April 2nd, 2022. Flossmoor School District 161 will host their Community Clean Up event on Saturday, April 9, 2022.
Sign up for the Village of Flossmoor’s Community Clean Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4eaeab2eabffc43-flossmoor
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Flossmoor Village Hall parking lot
2800 Flossmoor Road
We will be tackling the litter along Flossmoor Road. Dress accordingly and meet us at the Village of Flossmoor Village Hall parking lot to get instructions and receive your assignment. Please sign up online. Thank you!
Sign up for the Village of Park Forest’s Community Clean Up: https://villageofparkforest.com/913/Community-Clean-Up
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Hidden Meadows Driving Range
23521 Crawford Avenue
Please dress for the weather and bring gloves, if you have them. Be sure to sign up online.
Thank you for keeping the community beautiful!
Chicago Southland Annual Community Clean Up is sponsored by the Chicago Southland Green Committee: Flossmoor Public Library, Flossmoor School District 161, H-F High School, H-F Park District, Homewood Public Library, Homewood School District 153, Homewood Disposal, Village of Flossmoor, Village of Homewood, Village of Park Forest, and Village of Olympia Fields. Contact your local organization or visit them on the web for more information.
Recycle sensitive documents at the Village of Park Forest’s shredding event. This event will take place Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Village Hall parking lot: 350 Victory Drive. Enter at Main Street off Orchard Drive.
Limit of 2 copy paper sized boxes of paper per vehicle
– No moldy paper
– No metal clips
– No plastic sleeves
Just pull up in your vehicle, and we’ll take the boxes from your trunk!
Residency not required.
Learn more and get involved at villageofparkforest.com/sustainability
The Village of Flossmoor FREE brush collection service runs once per month from April through October. This service is intended to provide an easy and convenient way for residents to dispose of tree branches from their property. The program will only be available to single-family residential dwellings. Multiple-family dwellings (i.e. apartments, condominiums, etc.) and commercial businesses are not eligible. Residents will be invited to put branches out for collection no later than 7 a.m. on Monday of the FIRST full week of the month.
Collection will take place once week per month from April through October during Public Works regular work hours, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Guidelines for the program are below and will continuously be distributed to residents by way of the Village’s website, social media accounts and e-news blasts. Please note that brush generated by a private contractor is to be disposed of by the contractor. For additional information, contact the Public Works Department at (708) 957-4100.
Brush will ONLY be collected the week of scheduled collection. If set out later, it will not be collected until the following month collection. Brush left out for collection not in accordance with Public Works guidelines may be subject to a citation by the Village’s code enforcement officer.
Items not collected by the village:
1. Root balls or stumps
2. Brush cleared or cut by contractors
3. Any yard waste including but not limited to leaves, grass clippings, compost
4. Any type of lumber, including construction lumber, landscape timbers, fence posts, or other processed wood products
5. Brush put in bags, boxes or containers of any kind
6. Foreign objects such as metal
Brush pile requirements:
Branches must be stacked in a pile on the parkway, with cut ends facing the curb, and placed away from parkway trees, mailboxes, utility poles/boxes, sidewalks, and hydrants.
1. Maximum diameter: 6 inches
2. Maximum length: 12 feet
3. Brush piles should not be bundled in any way (string, twine, wire, zip ties, etc.)
4. Brush should not be placed in containers
5. Brush must not overhang into the street or sidewalk
6. Do not pile higher than 4 feet
7. Do not pile wider than 20 feet
Brush collection will occur monthly on the FIRST week of the month starting in April and continuing through the end of October. All brush to be collected must be set out by 7 a.m. the Monday of collection week, but no earlier than 2 to 3 days prior to collection.
Please be patient as volume, mechanical problems, and inclement weather may also create delays. Various weather events may change the schedule. No prior notice will be given to the residents for any changes to the schedule.
2022 Brush Collection Schedule:
Brush must be put out on Monday by 7 a.m. the week of pick up (April 4, May 2, June 6, July 5*, Aug. 1, Sept. 12*, Oct 3). Brush will be collected from a different neighborhood each month, so all brush must be set out by Monday at 7 a.m. No brush will be picked up once the area has been completed.
- April 4 to April 8
- May 2 to May 6
- June 6 to June 10
- July 5* to July 8 (adjusted for holiday)
- Aug. 1 to Aug. 5
- Sept. 12* to Sept. 16 (adjusted for Flossmoor Fest)
- Oct. 3 to Oct. 7