In May 2013, “Big Belly” solar powered trash compactors were added to Madison Street near the Brown Cow and Starbucks businesses. Both of these businesses use disposable materials to hold their products which tend to frequently overflow the waste receptacles. The Village purchased two used compactors at a discounted cost. Each unit holds three times more refuse, operates on solar power so it’s environmentally friendly and efficient.
Waste Pick Up
If you are new in Forest Park, refuse, recycling and yard waste are picked up on Thursday. This normal service schedule may be affected by New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. During a holiday week, if one of these holidays falls on or before Thursday, service will be delayed until Friday.
Make sure all of your containers are in the alley or at the curb by 6 a.m. on the morning of collection! Containers that are on private property, inside fences or gates will not be emptied.
YARD WASTE: Yard waste should be collected in a separate container clearly marked "YARD WASTE,"* and placed alongside your regular refuse containers for weekly pick up. Brown yard waste bags are also acceptable. *YARD WASTE stickers can be obtained, free of charge, from Village Hall. Autumn leaves should be raked onto the street, curbside, for collection by the Street Department. Leaves are picked up on various days of the week throughout the season and will cease being collected once a significant snowfall is realized, typically the first or second week of December.
Bulk items (such as sofas, mattresses, etc.) should be placed in the alley. Please note, some large (bulk) items require you to call the waste hauler for a "special pick-up" at an additional cost. Please call 708-345-7050 directly or they may not be picked up with the regular waste.
The State of Illinois prohibits disposal of electronic items with the everyday waste. Waste haulers are not allowed to remove your electronic items. The Village of Forest Park periodically hosts electronic disposal events and will promote the events when scheduled. Stores such as Best Buy and Staples advertise free electronics recycling. Please contact them directly for more information.
If you have any questions at all about Forest Park recycling programs, household waste and yard waste, feel free to contact Republic Services directly at 708-345-7050 or the Village Hall at 708-366-2323. If your bin is lost, stolen or damaged, contact the Village for a replacement.