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Recycling and Garbage Collection
Residential Recycling and Garbage Collection Program

The Village of Westmont provides a comprehensive solid waste collection program. The Village contracts these services through Waste Management, 800-796-9696. The fees for Recycling, Garbage and Yard Waste collection are on the bi-monthly Water Bill. Every household in Westmont must be charged for Recycling, Garbage and Yard Waste collection.

Three Waste Management vehicles collect materials on each pick up day. One truck picks up garbage, another picks up recyclables and a third truck picks up yard waste (April 1st to November 30th).

Pickups are made once per week in each quadrant of the Village. Wednesdays are reserved for commercial/business pickups. CLICK HERE to view the pick up schedule.

Every week residents are to use the 96 gallon (all green in color) refuse container provided by Waste Management. In addition, residents may put one large item out for disposal (under 50 pounds and no electronics). Any additional refuse requires a red garbage sticker for removal by Waste Management.

Residents should place their garbage, recyclables (container green and yellow in color) and yard waste out next to each other 3 feet apart for pickup by 6:00 am the morning of or evening before their collection day. PLEASE NOTE, RECYCLING IS PICKED UP EVERY OTHER WEEK. CLICK HERE to view the schedule for Recycling and Garbage Collection.


RATES FOR RECYCLING, GARBAGE AND YARD WASTE COLLECTION
Effective May 1, 2018
The Village of Westmont bills every other month for Recycling, Garbage and Yard Waste collection. Charges are included on residents’ water bill.
Residential bi-monthly rate:................................$28.64
Senior (65 & over) residential bi-monthly rate:......$21.52
Garbage stickers (RED)............................$1.80 per sticker
Yard Waste stickers (GREEN)...............................$3.19 per sticker


ACCEPTABLE RECYCLING MATERIALS

Recycling Guidelines

When it comes to recycling, one wrong item in the recycling bin can spoil an entire batch of otherwise good materials.  Changing expectations for recycling world-wide have made it even more important that guidelines for acceptable recycling materials be followed.  To ensure that quality material is recycled, follow these guidelines provided by Waste Management for your curbside recycling:

Acceptable materialsWM Recycle Right
  • Metal Cans
  • Plastic Bottles & Containers
  • Paper
  • Paper Cardboard, Dairy & Juice Containers
  • Flattened Cardboard & Paperboard
  • Glass Bottles and Jars

NOT Acceptable materials:
  • Plastic bags and film (may be recycled at Jewel stores)
  • Food waste
  • Styrofoam containers and cups
  • Hangers
  • Hazardous waste
  • Medical waste

Please note:
  • DO NOT BAG YOUR RECYCLABLES - place items directly in your recycling tote
  • Paper and cardboard must be dry and free of food debris
  • Tissues, paper towels or other paper that has been in contact with food is NOT acceptable
  • Remove food and caps from cans and plastic and make sure all containers are empty

Waste Management has compiled many resources to promote successful recycling on their website https://recycleoftenrecycleright.com.  WM has also compiled a presentation on Curbside Recycling - Myth Busters.  CLICK HERE to view.


GARBAGE STICKER AND YARD WASTE STICKER PURCHASE LOCATIONS

Garbage and Yard Waste stickers may be purchased at:
Village Hall, 31 W. Quincy St.; 
Bales Ace Hardware, 20 E. Quincy St.; 
Jewel-Osco - Cass & Ogden, 55th & Holmes 


SENIOR CITIZEN GARBAGE DISCOUNT
Seniors age 65 or older may receive a 25% discount, offered by Waste Management, on their owner occupied single family residence garbage bill by filling out the a Senior Citizen Application Form, available here, providing proof that they are the owner of the property and that they are at least 65 years old. You must actually reside in the house to receive the discount. Garbage collection questions should be directed to the Village Clerk’s Office at 630-981-6220 or Waste Management, Inc. at 800-796-9696.


HOLIDAY PICKUP SCHEDULE
During the year, there are six holidays on which recycling, garbage and yard waste are not collected. Pickup will occur one day later for the remainder of the week at these times.

Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year’s Day


YARD WASTE PICKUP PROGRAM
Waste Management's Yard Waste Pickup Program begins the first Monday in April and ends early November or early December (weather permitting). Yard waste typically consists of grass clippings and leaves. Yard Waste must be placed in kraft paper bags or a 32 gallon container or smaller clearly marked "YARD WASTE". Each Yard Waste container or kraft bags must have a Yard Waste sticker (GREEN in color) placed on them. There is no limit to the number of containers or bags you can place out on your regular service day. Place Yard Waste next to your garbage cans on the same day as your regular garbage service day. 


BRUSH PICKUP PROGRAM 
Waste Management also provides a weekly brush pickup program that begins the first Monday in April and coincides with the Yard Waste Collection Program. The program typically ends in late November to early December. Branches and tree limbs must be tied with twine or string into bundles no more than 4 feet long and 1 ½ feet in diameter. Each bundle must weigh less than fifty (50) pounds. Trees, stumps, and branches larger than six (6) inches in diameter cannot be collected as brush. Brush should be placed with your other refuse on your usual pickup day. No sticker is required for brush pickup.  For more information, contact Waste Management at wm.com or 800-796-9696.


ADDITIONAL LOCAL RECYCLING AND WASTE DISPOSAL PROGRAMS 
Plastic Bag and Film Recycling
Your local Jewel/Osco offers a plastic bag and film recycling program.  Next time you are heading to your local store, bring a few plastic bags that you’ve brought home before, from any retailer, and place them in the plastic bag recycling bin at the entrance of the store. For more information, visit www.jewelosco.com.

What kinds of bags can be recycled? 
  • Plastic grocery bags (from any retailer)
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Produce bags
  • Trash can liners
  • Bread bags

Electronics Recycling 
There are several options available to Westmont residents for the recycling of broken or unwanted electronics. Since 2012, state law has prohibited consumers from throwing out certain electronics with ordinary trash and has also prohibited landfills from accepting them. Prohibited items include computers and computer components (terminals, keyboards, monitors, etc.), video game consoles, televisions, CD/DVD/VCR players, and printers.

Below is a list of locations and times at which you can recycle your unwanted electronics.

TOWNSHIP HIGHWAY GARAGE
318 East Quincy Street in Westmont
Every 3rd Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon
This event is hosted by Downers Grove Township in conjunction with AVA E-Recycling. There is a fee for all televisions, monitors and microwaves based on size. You must have a prepaid receipt printed out and brought to the electronic drop off, or they cannot be accepted. 
Visit escrap.org/westmont-recycling.html to obtain prices and to purchase receipts. 
Visit avarecycling.com for more information on the recycling program.


VILLAGE OF BURR RIDGE PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING
451 Commerce Street, Burr Ridge
Staffed daily from 7 am - 3 pm
The Village of Burr Ridge hosts a designated electronics recycling collection center sponsored by eWorks ESI through a partnership with DuPage County. There is a fee for all televisions and monitors based on size, which can be paid in advance at recycle.eworksesi.org or you may pay the fee onsite. 
Visit burr-ridge.gov/residents/garbage-and-recycling/ for more information.


Latex Paint Recycling
The DuPage County Latex Paint Recycling program, located at Greene Valley Treatment Plant, 7900 S. Route 53, Woodridge, will open for the 2018 season on June 25, 2018.  Visit http://www.dupageco.org/EDP/Waste_Recycling_and_Energy/31416/ for details.


Other Latex Paint Recycling Locations
Several local Ace Hardware stores have partnered with Epaint to provide collection of latex and oil-based paints for a fee. The closest location is Kin-ko Ace, 6216 Main St, Downers Grove, 630-968-4355.  Both latex and oil based paints are accepted.  Prices for latex paints are $3.50/gallon, $2/quart and $12/5 gallons. Prices for oil paints are $12/gallon and $6/quart.
Visit the Epaint website at epaintrecyclingsolutions.com/dropoff-points for additional locations.

You may also dispose of your empty, dried out latex paint cans with your weekly trash. Add kitty litter to the can first, let solidify and then place in trash.


Cooking Oil Recycling
You can recycle your used cooking oil into biodiesel. Simply save your vegetable cooking oil in a container and bring it to a cooking oil recycling location or special event. Locations accept liquid, vegetable-based cooking oil only – no animal fats (i.e., those solid at room temperature). Area locations include:

Downers Grove Sanitary Treatment Center
2710 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove
Monday - Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM

Greene Valley Treatment Plant 
7900 S. Route 53, Woodridge

For a list of all of the locations visit www.scarce.org.


Holiday Lights Recycling
Each holiday season, the Village of Westmont teams with Elgin Recycling Co. to provide a holiday lights recycling collection in the Village of Westmont. Collection containers are typically placed at the Frank Johanik Fire Station Headquarters, 6015 S. Cass and the Westmont Library, 428 N. Cass Ave.  The drop-off program is self-service. Look for the 2018 Holiday Lights Collection to start about mid-November and continue through the end of January 2019.  For more information regarding this program, please contact Elgin Recycling at www.ElginRecycling.com or 847-741-4100.


Christmas Tree Recycling 
Per the Village contract with Waste Management, Christmas Trees are picked up in Westmont during the first two full weeks of the new year. All trees picked up during this timeframe will be recycled. Trees should be put out with your other waste on your typical trash pickup day. To be picked up and recycled, Christmas Trees MUST be free of decorations, tinsel, and lights. Also, Christmas Trees should NOT be placed in garbage or waste bags of any sort. Trees taller than 6' should be cut in half for easier disposal. Trees put out after the first two full weeks of the year will be considered garbage and may be subject to a fine. For more information, please contact Waste Management at www.wm.com or 800-796-9696.


Needle Disposal
There is a Sharps Kiosk in the lobby of the Westmont Police Department, 500 N. Cass Avenue. Residents have access to the kiosk during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, 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.


More Recycling Resources
Follow the links below to DuPage County and SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education) for additional local recycling information and resources:
  
DuPage County Recycling Information
SCARCE