Environment

Welcome to the Village of Westmont Green Page

We hope to provide valuable information regarding all things "green" in Westmont and throughout the area. Please check out our links provided for additional information.

Environmental Improvement Committee (EIC)

The environmental improvement committee is responsible for developing programs to improve the relationship between village residents and businesses and their local environment. These programs will be enacted on a local level with the intent of the village to do its part to improve the global ecology.

The EIC typically meets on the first Monday of each month, except July, at the Westmont Public Library at 428 N Cass Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559, to discuss various environmental concerns and how we can implement "green" initiatives in our community. Meetings will typically begin at 6 p.m. and all meetings are open to the public. For more information regarding the EIC, please email the group.

Current EIC members include:

Trustee Bruce Barker - Chairperson
Glenn Gabryel
Kate Johnson
Mary T. McAuliffe
Tyler Alton Tieche
Brittany Smith
Christa Stanulis
Jon Yeater - Staff Liaison

Sustain DuPage’s Environmantal Commission & Committee Coalition (EC3)Sustain DuPage EC3

The Village of Westmont is a member of Sustain DuPage’s Environmental Commission & Committee Coalition (EC3). The mission of EC3 is to foster collaboration among DuPage Environmental Commissions and Committees to pool resources, inspiration, and expertise as well as to comprehensively further individual Commission and Committee goals. EC3 is Illinois’ first Environmental Commission & Committee Coalition.

EC3’s 2017-2018 policy initiative is to address light pollution and starry skies restoration, known as the DuPage Starry Skies initiative. The goal with the DuPage Starry Skies project is to implement a Dark Sky ordinance all across DuPage County and become the first-ever Dark Sky County, certified by the International Dark Sky Association.

To learn more about EC3, visit Sustain DuPage.

Village of Westmont Annual Water Quality Report

Per federal mandate, municipalities are required to produce an annual report regarding water quality. These reports are typically completed in the spring of each year, and must be officially published by July 1. To view the most recent Water Quality Report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), Water Quality Report Page.

Tree Watering Tips

Trees are assets to the community when properly planted and maintained. View information on how to properly water your new and mature trees (PDF).

Richmond Gardens

The Villages of Clarendon Hills and Westmont are working together to design and develop the Richmond Education Gardens and Apiary. This new project will be located on the Village public right of way between the Clarendon Hills Public Works facility and the Downers Grove Township Highway Garage, just south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad. This right-of-way is owned by both the Village of Clarendon Hills and the Village of Westmont. Once completed, the Gardens will provide a new place in our communities to promote education programs about natural and organic gardening methods and our environment.

The Gardens are being designed to include a hobbyist apiary surrounded by native vegetable, wildflower, butterfly, wall and rain gardens. Each of the elements will include a plaque with basic information and supporting website references describing these elements’ purpose and other relative educational information. The Gardens will promote the following values: access to resources, community ownership of process and product, localization, empowerment and collaboration, healthy eating, and organic and environmentally sound gardening and landscaping practices. These values will be taught through honeybee stewardship, demonstrating garden soil preparation and composting practices, using local seeds and transplants, and cultivating and growing native vegetables, wildflowers and plants at home and throughout our community.

Upcomming Richmond Gardens Projects (Spring/Summer 2018)

  • Two Eagle Scout projects are underway. The first, installation of the trail that will run past the apiary and into the rear food forest, as well as installation of that food forest, will be completed this spring The second, installation of the rain garden that all of the overflow stormwater which is not collected on site will flow through prior to hitting the storm drain, will be completed late spring/early summer
  • Site grading will be completed
  • The cistern, which will store stormwater for use in watering plants on site, will be installed
  • All underground drainage tiles will be installed
  • Work will begin on the base, and edging (curbage) for the hardscape at the site

For more information regarding the Richmond Gardens project, email the Gardens.

Free Electronics Recycling Program 

**Currently on hold due to COVID-19**

Third Saturday of each Month, 8 am to noon
Downers Grove Township Highway Department Facility at 318 E. Quincy Street in Westmont
There is a charge of TVs, monitors, and microwaves. Collection will be on the third Saturday of each month, unless that date falls on a holiday.

Program Details

  • NO audio cassettes, videotapes, or CDs will be accepted.
  • There Will Be a Charge for All TVs, Monitors and Microwaves.
  • All TVs, monitors, microwaves will need to have a prepaid coupon from AVA to be accepted.
  • Prices for TVs will range from $25 to $60. Microwaves are $10. Monitors are $15.
  • A copy of the coupon can be taken to AVA’s retail store in Glendale Heights to be used as cash towards the purchase of refurbished electronic equipment.
  • Prices for recycling TVs, monitors and microwaves and coupon purchases can be obtained by going to the AVA Recylcing Event website.

Items Accepted

  • Most electronics will be accepted
  • Computers, Laptops, LCD Monitors, Batteries & UPS Systems
  • Printers, Copiers, Fax Machines
  • Electronic Circuitboards, Cords, Wires
  • Small Appliances & Toys
  • Central Office Equipment
  • Stereo Equipment, Games, PDAs
  • Banking and Financial Equipment
  • Medical Equipment
  • Telephones, Cell Phones

As in the past, the collection event closes promptly at noon. Electronics can only be dropped off on event dates. Drop-offs outside of designated hours are not allowed. For more information, contact via email AVA Recycling or 847-397-2900.

Free Safe Disposal of Needles

There is a Sharps Kiosk in the lobby of the Westmont Police Department, 500 N. Cass Avenue. Residents will have access to the kiosk during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to safely drop off unwanted or used needles. Needles should be put in the proper receptacles, located at the Police Department, before being placed in the kiosk.

Free DuPage County Resident Latex Paint Recycling

Location: Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility, 7900 S. Route 53 in Woodridge
More information: DuPage County at (630) 407-6700 or the Public Works Department at (630) 985-7400.

Styrofoam and Plastic Bag Recycling Resources

The Green Team of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs provides a monthly drop-off service that accepts clean styrofoam. For more information, visit wsprings.com/310/Recycling.

Also, Jewel/Osco offers a plastic bag and film recycling program. Jewel/Osco provides a plastic bag recycling bin at the entrance of their stores. For more information, visit www.jewelosco.com. Bags that can be recycled include plastic grocery bags (from any retailer), dry cleaning bags, produce bags, trash can liners, and bread bags.

Recycling Resources

Follow the links to DuPage County, SCARCE and Waste Management recycling information and resources:

DuPage County Recycling Information
SCARCE
Residential Recycling - Myth Busters, what can and cannot be recycled

WM Recycle Myth Buster 3WM Recycle Myth Buster 2

Free Pumpkin Composting

When your Jack-o-lantern is past its prime, don’t throw it away! Compost it for free and let the nutrients and water go back to feed our soil. The Village of Westmont will once again host a pumpkin collection event for environmentally safe composting this fall. It will follow the Pumpkin Smashing and decorating contest in October. Details are being finalized, check back soon for dates and times. Last year we composted 3,000 pounds. This year, you can help us to beat that number!

Free Cooking Oil Recycling

There are now six locations in DuPage County that are open regularly for recycling cooking oil. The cooking oil collection program is growing!

For a list of all of the locations visit SCARCE.
Downers Grove Sanitary District Cooking Oil Collection site
2710 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, Illinois
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Free Holiday Lights Recycle

Mid-November through the end of January
Fire Station Headquarters, 6015 S. Cass
Westmont Public Library 428 N Cass

This is a self-service drop-off program. Lights should be free of any decorations and should not be in plastic bags.