Westmont, Illinois - Date Issued: April 6, 2022*Updated May 6, 2022
The Village of Westmont would like to inform residents of the many programs and specials offered by Cool DuPage. Following is a list of just some of the many opportunities available:
Compost Bin SaleYou can make rich, nutrient soil for your lawn and garden using your coffee grounds, eggshells, vegetable scraps, yard clippings, and more. It’s also one of the easiest steps you can take to lower your carbon footprint. All it takes is a backyard composter, some food scraps and carbon-rich source like dried leaves, branches or wood chips. You will have high quality soil straight from your home. Add a rain barrel to provide water for your garden and you’ll be your own tiny ecosystem! Learn more about composting here.
To help you get started, the County has partnered with The Conservation Foundation and DuPage Forest Preserve District on a compost bin sale. Bins can be ordered on the Conservation Foundation website through May 8 and picked up on May 13, 3 to 6:00 p.m.; and May 14, 9:00 a.m. to Noon at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st., Oak Brook, Illinois.
Native Plant SalesWith the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the many Native Plant Sales going on in the area. Wild Ones Greater DuPage created this helpful resource of upcoming sales. Keep it bookmarked as you plan out your garden or look to spruce up your business with some native plants. For a listing of Native Plant Sales in the area please visit the DuPage Wild Ones website.
Marvelous Monarchs ProgramHave you ever been curious about the butterflies native to DuPage County? Then consider signing up for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Marvelous Monarchs program on Sunday, June 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The class includes a stroll to see monarchs in their many life stages. In addition, you will learn how to support their habitat in your home garden and more. There is a $5 fee for each ticket and children must be 12 years or older. To sign up please visit the Forest Preserve of DuPage County website.
2022 Sign Recycling EventThe DuPage County Environmental Committee is pleased to offer the opportunity to recycle corrugated plastic and cardboard signs. The event will be held July 8, 3 to 6:00 p.m.; and July 9, 9:00 a.m.to Noon at the Campus Main Entrance on 421 N. County Farm Road. Signs and metal stands will be collected at no cost. Only corrugated plastic and cardboard signs will be accepted. Metal stands are also accepted but must be separated from signs prior to drop off.
One-Pound Propane Recycling ProgramKeep an eye out for our one-pound propane tank recycling program at the Blackwell Family Campground. It's a partnership with Forest Preserve District of DuPage and Flat Can Recycling to help provide a more sustainable camping experience. More information about the program will be posted here.
Upcoming EventsTo learn more about upcoming recycling and "green" events in DuPage County, check out DuPage County Recycling Events Calendar on their website.
Cool DuPage is an effort to reduce greenhouse gasses throughout DuPage County. The three metrics for measuring success are kilowatt/electricity, therms/gas, and vehicle miles traveled. Our program aims to assist businesses, large and small, and residents on ways to reduce the various areas that fall under our metrics. For more information or to signup for email notifications please visit the Cool Dupage website and click the JOIN THE EFFORT button to enter your email address.