Food Scrap Composting

In Highland Park, you can now put food scraps into your yard waste bin. Here’s a new video from the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) with some good tips on food composting. Countertop bins to collect food scraps are available at City Hall for $5 each. Click here for more information or to contact Lakeshore Recycling Systems to request a compost cart for your home. Food scrap and yard waste pick up continues until December.

Voter Registration

To vote in the November 8 election, you must be registered to vote. If you are in Highland Park, you can go to City Hall (ask for Jennifer in the City Manager’s Office) or Moraine Township until October 11 to register. To get more information, and confirm your registration (for those in Lake County, IL) click here.

Active By Design Summit

Please join me on October 4 at 1 pm at Chicago Botanic Gardens to learn more about the many benefits of designing communities that promote physical activity. Featuring Mark Fenton, nationally renowned walkability expert, and Eric Chehab, MD, of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, the program will also include a panel of local community leaders who will share their successes with complete street enhancements and strategies for funding healthier places for walking and bicycling. Registration is required for this free event. There will also be a “walk audit” in Highland Park at 8 am on October 5. If you’d like to participate, email me for details.