Village Announces Fall Clean Up Campaign

Village Announces Fall Clean Up Campaign
Posted on 10/06/2011

Autumn weather in Orland Park means changing leaves, a drop in the temperature and the village's annual Fall Clean Up Campaign. This year's campaign enables residents to dispose of normal household refuse, recycle electronics and textiles and shred unwanted documents.

"The village has held its semi-annual clean up campaigns for several years," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "Each year, we look for more ways to help residents recycle and get rid of what they no longer need, helping the environment at the same time," he added.

Orland Park will hold its annual fall clean up, in cooperation with Waste Management of the South Suburbs, October 20 through October 22. During the fall clean up, residents are invited to dispose of normal household refuse in dumpsters placed at Public Works, 15655 South Ravinia Avenue. Hazardous materials and construction debris are not accepted and all items must be placed inside of the dumpsters.

Access to the dumpsters will be available on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, October 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The village will hold its Electronics Recycling Event during the fall clean up, in cooperation with VetTech.US, a company that helps military veterans with career opportunities.

"We're encouraging residents to take advantage of the electronics recycling because of the new legislation that goes into effect in January 2012," the mayor said. "Governor Quinn recently signed legislation that requires more electronic products to be recycled rather than thrown away in landfills," McLaughlin explained.

On Saturday, October 22, VetTech representatives will be at Orland Park's Public Works Facility from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to accept items for no charge. Acceptable items include batteries, blenders, CDs, cell phones and accessories, chargers, computer parts, computers, cords and adapters, curling irons, DVDs, electric shavers, fans, fixtures, George Foreman grills, hair dryers, keyboards, lamps, magnetic tape, computer mice, microwave ovens, monitors, phone systems, phones, power tools, radios, record players, software, stereos, sump pumps, tape decks, televisions, toasters and vacuum cleaners. Additional information is available at

Beginning in January 2012, items banned from Illinois landfills include televisions and monitors, computers, printers, keyboards, computer mice, scanners, zip drives, tablet computers, fax machines, video cassette recorders/players, digital video recorders/players, portable digital music players (IPODS, MP3 players), cable converter boxes or satellite receivers and game consoles (PlayStations, Xbox, etc.)

Paper shredding by Pro-Shred will be available on October 22, also from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., enabling village residents to dispose of four banker boxes of no longer needed documents.

Textile recycling, the reusing or reprocessing used clothing, fibrous material and clothing scraps, will be provided by 7th Generation Recycling, also from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. Items accepted by 7th Generation include shoes, clothes, towels, bedding, curtains, toys, china, small appliances, household items, picture frames and books. 7th Generation does not accept furniture, tires or large appliances.

"Textile recycling is a great option for people who have items that are too worn to donate to the clothing collectors," said Trustee Ed Schussler, chair of the village's Public Works Committee. "This is a great alternative to simply throwing these things away. They can be recycled despite their being worn or no longer useful," he said.

"October 22nd will be a busy day in Orland Park," McLaughlin said. "Residents will be able to get rid of normal household garbage, recycle their electronics and textiles and shred documents they no longer need -- all free of charge," the mayor added.

Further information is available by calling the village's Public Works Department at 708/403-6350.