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Posted on: May 2, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Include The Food With Yard Debris


Residents in single-family homes may comingle organic food scrap waste with landscape waste in approved 95-gallon landscape waste containers. Residents who use their own containers can compost for free, but the container must not exceed 33 gallons or 50 pounds when full. Flood Brothers will provide residents with a wheeled cart for comingled food scraps and yard waste for a minimal charge of $1.50 per month. Composting in paper or plastic bags is not permitted. 

Nearly 40 percent of residential garbage produced is organic material that can be composted. Composting food scraps creates a nutrient-rich soil enhancement. In addition, it prevents carbon emissions that occur when food breaks down in a landfill. Residents participating in the program will need to purchase a small kitchen pail for food scraps which they will empty into their larger container as needed.

What things are compostable?

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish and shellfish bones
  • Eggs and eggshells 
  • Cheese and dairy products
  • Bread and baked goods
  • Pasta, rice and other grains
  • Beans
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits, fruit peels and cores
  • Table scraps
  • Plate scrapings
  • Spoiled food
  • Coffee grounds, coffee filters
  • Tea bags
  • Food-soiled paper
  • Grass clippings, leaves, plants, pruned branches
  • Weeds

What should be left out of the compost bin?

  • Cat litter
  • Pet waste
  • Coffee cups
  • Compostable or biodegradable bags that are not BPI-certified 
  • Compostable or biodegradable takeout containers and utensils
  • Corks
  • Diapers
  • Facial tissue
  • Fast-food wrappers
  • Glass
  • Large amounts of grease or oil
  • Liquids
  • Metal
  • Packaging
  • Paper plates, cups and cartons
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Takeout containers
  • Wax paper

The Village and Flood Brothers are very excited to offer this enhanced service to the community and hope that residents will take advantage of this opportunity to help the environment. To request a wheeled cart for compost and yard waste, please call Flood Brothers at (630) 261-0400. 

Thank you, Flood Brothers, for supporting the Village’s sustainability efforts!


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