The City of Elmhurst participates in a number of programs designed to promote sustainable practices for the benefit of its residents:
Residents are encouraged to recycle their holiday cooking oil post-Thanksgiving. The City of Elmhurst partners with the School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) & Green Grease Environmental to hold a used cooking oil collection event on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. When cooking oil is poured down drains, it sticks to sewer pipes causing clogs and breaks that are costly for homeowners and municipalities to repair. Cooking oil and other greases may also interfere with water treatment at our sanitary facilities. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 630/530-3020.
Residents can reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills each Halloween by participating in a pumpkin recycling event. The City and SCARCE team up to offer pumpkin collection at the Public Works Garage. Check the City website for annual details.