Pumpkin Smash 2022 Results

Here are the results from our smashing good day:

  • 26 volunteers (20 of them were Parker Junior High School NJHS students)
  • 96 attendees
  • 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!

H-F Holiday Recycling

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

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.

Recyclepalooza 2022

Get Ready To Recycle!

Recyclepalooza cover

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!

Accepted Items:

•    Electronics

•    Metals

•    Ink/Laser jet printers

•    Bicycles

•    Pop can tabs

•    Used razors

•    Eyeglasses

•    Gently used clothes

•    Sporting goods

•    American Flags

•    Pastic gift cards

•    LEGOs

•    Trophies

•    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.

School District 161 Community Clean Up 2022

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.

Flossmoor’s Free Brush Collection Starts April 4

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 2June 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

Dental Care Recycling

Oral care products and packaging can be recycled at the Center for Dental Excellence, located at 19615 Governors Hwy in Flossmoor. Plastic toothbrushes, empty tubes of toothpaste, empty dental floss containers, floss picks, interproximal brushes, and oral care product packaging are accepted. Electric and battery-operated products are not accepted. You do not need to be a patient at CDE to drop off your recycling; all community members are welcome to join the effort to reduce our waste. Receive a free bamboo toothbrush when you drop off your recycling!