The Village of Franklin Park is committed to innovative sustainability practices. The Village has built a LEED Gold Certified Police Station, replaced outdated vehicles with energy efficient electric vehicles and installed charging stations at Village Hall and the Metra train station. The Village encourages residents to fully utilize the existing community-wide recycling program and has increased the amount of recycling per household from 8.2 to 10.9 pounds per week. A new anti-idling policy restricts police vehicles from idling on area streets. This eliminates the release of 27,818 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere annually. The following awards recognize the Village of Franklin Park for its achievements in sustainability:
- Governor’s Sustainability Award (2014)
- Green Intelligence Award (2014)
- Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s (MWRD) Sustainable Landscaping Award (2014)
- Midwest Pesticide Action Center Individual of the Year (2013)
Natural Lawn Care
Is it possible to have a lawn that looks good without using herbicides and insecticides that can harm your family’s health and the environment? The answer is yes. Unlike conventional lawn care, which relies on chemical fertilizers and pesticides to artificially green your lawn, Natural Lawn Care focuses on restoring balance to the soil system, including nutrients that make a lawn healthy. Over time, your lawn will become naturally healthy, green and beautiful, with the added bonus that it will require less watering, fertilizing and mowing, saving you time and money!
To learn more about this easy to follow system of taking care of your lawn without the chemicals, go to midwestpesticideaction.org and check out the NLC Calendar Fact Sheet.
Communitrees Partner Program
Franklin Park has joined with Spring Grove Nursery and iTrees.com to offer our residents a convenient way to beautify our landscape. Residents can select and purchase trees online at a 10% discount for planting on your private property.
After ordering at iTrees.com, your locally-grown tree will be delivered and planted by a professional. For every ten trees purchased by our residents, Spring Grove Nursery will donate a free tree to the Village.
To learn more, please call (815) 448-2138. Remember to indicate the code FRANKLIN PARK to receive your discount. Please note that if you want to purchase a tree for your parkway, please call the Village at (847) 671-8252.
Homeowners can help sustain our community and save money by composting. When you throw grass clippings or leaves into yard waste bags, it is sent to a location using diesel fueled vehicle that pollutes the air and where it takes up space and produces methane gas, which contributes to global climate change. The Village pays approximately $150,000 a year to have the grass clippings and leaves transported to a composting site. A much more economical and environmentally-friendly option is to start composting in your backyard.
- Grass-cycling is a simple method for recycling your yard waste. When you mow your lawn, use a mulching mower without a bag that leaves the grass clippings where they fall and allows them to decompose. The grass clippings return nutrients to your yard, and you and the Village do not have to spend time and money bagging or hauling them away.
- Mulching in a mulching container is another way to reuse so-called yard waste. If you insist on using a mower with a bag, dump the contents into a mulch pile or a mulching container. You can make this as easy or as complex as you would like. There are many ways to compost.
- Food waste dumped in standard trash cans and dumpsters in the back alley of a home, store or restaurant can generate bad odors and attract rodents or insects. Composting involves placing food scraps in a closed, leak-proof, durable, and reusable container, and having it frequently emptied for composting can significantly reduce, and even eliminate these problems.
Up to 30% of what we throw away can be composted. Items that can be composted include:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Coffee grounds and filters
- Tea bags
- Nut shells
- Shredded newspaper, Cardboard & Paper
- Yard trimmings & Grass clippings,
- Hay and straw
- Sawdust & Wood chips
- Cotton and Wool Rags
- Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
- Hair and fur
- Fireplace ashes
- Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and water is not wasted on your house, the sidewalks, or the street.
- Repair leaking faucets and toilets; this is the number one water waster in homes.
- Spread a layer of organic mulch around plants to retain moisture and save water, time and money.
- Check your shower to see if it fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds. If so, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model. If you shorten your shower by a minute or two, you will save up to 150 gallons per month.
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time. Please go to our website to get information on how to compost.
- Install a rain barrel to capture and re-use storm water.
Bicycle lockers, considered to be the safest in the industry, have been located west of the Metra train station and are available for rent. Residents who are interested in renting one on a weekly, monthly or annual basis should contact the Village at (847) 671-4800 for information.