Local Sustainability & Recycling Guides
See the Oak Park CompostAble Program PDF or contact Karen Rozmus at the Village of Oak Park Public Works Department, 708-358-5700 for more information.
Backyard Composting: The Do’s and Don’ts of Backyard Composting.
Stop junk mail: Add your address to the “Do Not Mail” list.
Use rechargeable batteries or use these ideas to prevent battery waste.
Clear off your bookshelves: The Oak Park Public Library accepts donations all year round for sale at its annual book fair.
For sensitive papers and documents Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest hosts periodic “shredding” drop off events.
Printer ink cartridges can be refilled and reused: This “wikihow” site shows you how – with pictures!
Give away items you no longer need or use: Join a local “Freecycle” group.
Toss it? No way! Learn how to fix those broken household items at the Oak Park Repair Cafe.
Consider donating items to the Economy Shop in Oak Park, a 100 year old “thrift store and more.”
Beyond the Bin. Recycling in Oak Park.
Illinois EPA’s waste disposal guidelines here: Some tips on recycling challenging items such as appliances, paint, and household chemicals.
Earth911: http://earth911.com/recycling or call 1-800-CLEANUP.