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With the first day of summer on the horizon, Park Foresters are in their yards, making them beautiful. As the clean-up continues, there's bound to be yard waste, meaning residents must purchase a $3 sticker.
Code Enforcement Manager Jerry Martin said those stickers are required, so they'll be collected.
"The garbage company will not pick up the yard waste bags unless they have the $3 sticker on them," Martin said. "The stickered yard waste bags can be set out for the Tuesday pick-up day. "
Martin added the stickers can be purchased at Village Hall at the Water Department. He noted that the department no longer sells the brown paper yard waste bags but can be bought at any hardware or home improvement store.
Some may need clarification on why they must pay $3 for the sticker. However, that was the contract negotiated between the Village and Homewood Disposal to pay for the service. Some Villages don't require a sticker, but the overall rates for the service are higher - whereas, in Park Forest, those who use the service are paying for it and not everyone.
So what is yard waste? Homewood Disposal's website states that yard waste is grass clippings, leaves, dead plants, sticks, and bundled branches.
Residents should not throw dirt, rock, stumps, sod, and food scraps in the waste bags - as those items are not considered yard waste.
Yard waste can be placed in brown paper waste bags or yard waste carts, not in plastic garbage bags.
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