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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 below for additional information.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE
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 Ave, 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 contact the group at .

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


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. Click here for information on how to properly water your new and mature trees.


NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

April 28, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Westmont Police Station, 500 N. Cass Ave.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.
 

GREEN SPEAKER SERIES AT THE LIBRARY!
The Westmont EIC and the Library have teamed up to offer several GREEN presentations for our residents.  All of the programs are FREE to the public and will be held at the Westmont Library at 428 N Cass Ave, Westmont, IL 60559.  CLICK HERE for more info.


WESTMONT CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY WITH ANNUAL TREE SEEDLING GIVEAWAY

To celebrate Arbor Day, the Westmont Environmental Improvement Commission (EIC) is coordinating its annual tree seedling giveaway.  On Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, Village Forester Jon Yeater and EIC volunteers will be at the Westmont Library between 1 and 5 p.m. to hand out tree seedlings to Westmont residents.
 
"The recent loss of so many trees in town has also resulted in the loss of their associated benefits community wide,” said Yeater, who is the Village Liaison to the EIC.  “These lost benefits include regional cooling, filtering air and  oxygen production, stormwater runoff reduction and filtering, increased property values and much more.  The tree seedling giveaway promotes replanting with locally acclimated, long-lived, diverse trees species to increase the health and vitality of our urban forest in the future.  Since the start of this program in 2012, the Village has given out almost 2000 tree seedlings!"

To view the available tree species for the 2018 seedling giveaway and to sign-up, click here.


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, contact us at .



FREE! ELECTRONICS RECYCLING PROGRAM
Third Saturday of each Month, 8am - NOON
Downers Grove Township Highway Department Facility at 318 E. Quincy Street in Westmont
There is a charge of TVs and monitors. 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. 
* All TVs will need to have a prepaid coupon from AVA to be accepted. 
* Prices for TVs will range from $15 to $60. 
* 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 and coupon purchases can be obtained by going to their website at AVArecycling.com and clicking on the municipal box on the top left portion of the screen.

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 AVA Recycling at AVArecycling.com 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 Dept., 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 or visit, www.dupageco.org/recyclingprograms/.


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 1  WM Recycle Myth Buster 2 WM Recycle Myth Buster 3


FREE! PUMPKIN COMPOSTING 

Details for 2018 coming soon!

Last year we composted 3,000 pounds! YEAH!!!
Help us beat that number this year!  
Do you buy pumpkins for Halloween? Is your Jack-o-lantern past its prime?  Don’t throw it away!   
Compost it for FREE!!  and let the nutrients & water go back to feed our soil!

Deposit pumpkins in The Farm’s composting collection container behind the barn.
Please bring your pumpkins compost ready!  Remove all inorganic materials 
such as candles, yarn hair, stickers, googly eyes & plastic ears.
For more info, visit the SCARCE website at www.scarce.org   


FREE! COOKING OIL COLLECTION 
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 www.scarce.org.
Downers Grove Sanitary District Cooking Oil Collection site
2710 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, Illinois
Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

 

FREE! HOLIDAY LIGHTS RECYCLING
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.