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Posted on: March 4, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Yard Waste, Brush Pick-Up & New Compost Program Begin April 5

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Westmont, Illinois -- Date Issued: March 4, 2021

Westmont’s Yard Waste, Brush Pick-Up and new Composting programs will begin on Monday, April 5, 2021.  These weekly programs will continue through mid-December. 

YARD WASTE PROGRAM

Yard waste, which is typically grass clippings and leaves, must be placed in kraft paper bags or a container that is 32 gallons or less clearly marked "YARD WASTE".  Each yard waste container or kraft bag MUST have a yard waste sticker, which is green in color, placed on them.  There is no limit to the number of containers or bags you can place out for pick-up on your regular service day, but each bag or container must have a yard waste sticker attached.  Place yard waste next to your garbage cans on the same day as your regular garbage service day.  

BRUSH PICK-UP PROGRAM

Waste Management also provides a weekly brush pick-up program that coincides with the Yard Waste Collection Program. Branches and tree limbs must be tied with natural twine into bundles no more than 4 feet long and 1 1/2 feet in diameter.  Each bundle must weigh less than fifty (50) pounds.  Trees, stumps, and branches larger than 2 inches in diameter cannot be collected as brush.  Brush should be placed next to your other refuse on your usual pick-up day.  No sticker is required for brush pick-up.  

NEW THIS YEAR - COMPOSTING PROGRAM

Beginning this Spring, Waste Management (WM) will offer a new compost/yard waste pick-up program to Westmont residents. This new opportunity is optional for residents who wish to participate.  The program will begin the first full week of April and continue through mid-December.

COMPOST/YARD WASTE PROGRAM OPTIONS

Residents can purchase and utilize their own 32-gallon container with a lid to serve as the receptacle for their lawn waste and/or accepted composting materials.  Each resident-provided compost/yard waste container requires (1) yard waste sticker for each pick-up and must not weigh more than 45 lbs.  Yard waste stickers cost $3.37 each.

Residents may rent a 64-gallon or 96-gallon wheeled organics toter from WM.  Rented toters do not require a sticker and can be used for yard waste and accepted composting materials. The cost to rent the WM organics toter is $142.80 per year.

ACCEPTED COMPOST MATERIALS
Following is a list of compostable items that are accepted in this program:

  • Lawn waste
  • Fruits & vegetables - includes unpainted holiday pumpkins
  • Leftovers/kitchen scraps - includes coffee grounds, tea bags and filters
  • Breads, grains, pasta & cereal
  • Meat, poultry, seafood - includes shells & bones
  • Dairy solids & eggs - includes egg shells; liquids are NOT accepted
  • Food-soiled paper products - includes paper towels, plates, napkins, egg cartons, pizza boxes
  • Newspaper can be used to wrap compostables - compostable & biodegradable plastic bags are NOT accepted

For more information about these programs, contact Waste Management at wm.com or 800-964-8988.


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