Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission
- Fourth Tuesday of every month
- 7 p.m.
- Jennifer Grossman, Chair
- Christopher Buccola
- Andrew D. DeCanniere
- Michael Gershbein
- Lisa Gotkin
- Vijai Gupta
- Olivia Mahoney
- Jim McNelis
- Rick Moskovitz
- Emily Okallu
- Robert Render
- Charles Saxe
- Randall Roberts, Trustee Liaison
- Max Slankard, Staff Liaison
- Elizabeth Zimmerman, Staff Liaison
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The mission of the Skokie Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission is to be a resource for the Mayor and Board of Trustees, informing them how their actions and policies may impact the Village of Skokie on an Environmental basis.
View or download the Environmental Sustainability Plan (PDF).
Skokie Recycling Program BrochureCOVID-19 Update: If you or a family member is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, bag all recyclables and place them in your trash/refuse cart. You may resume normal recycling when no one in your household exhibits any symptoms. Disposable gloves, masks, and medical tubing are not recyclable. These items MUST be bagged and tied and thrown in the trash.
Collective Resource Offers Curbside Food Scrap Collection
At the December 16, 2019 Village Board meeting, Village officials approved a franchise agreement for a residential and commercial food scrap program that, beginning January 1, 2020, will be offered to Skokie residents by Collective Resource of Evanston. Skokie residents and business owners who subscribe to the new service will receive a five-gallon bucket or 32-gallon toter cart for separated food scraps. Customers will receive weekly or biweekly (every other week) collection. After collection, the food scrap is transported to a commercial composting facility. The service fee varies depending on container size and collection frequency. An average family of four generates 37 pounds of food scrap each week that could be composted instead of sent to a landfill. For more information or to sign up for the program, visit Collective Resource. Questions can also be directed to or call Skokie Public Works at 847/933-8427.
SWANCC Green Pages Reuse and Recycling Directory
Are you looking to dispose of a particular item but aren’t sure how to properly do so? The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) Green Pages is a wonderful resource, which can direct you to various organizations and retailers in the area that have the ability to either donate used items or recycle them. To access SWANCC’s Green Pages directory, please click here.
Backyard CompostingThe Skokie Village Board approved amendments to the Village Code, allowing composting of certain household food scraps, in addition to yard waste, on single family residential properties. All composting must use approved containers. The code change was recommended by the Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission, as encouraging residents to compost food scraps and yard waste is an objective of the 2016 Skokie Environmental Sustainability Plan. Compostable food scraps include fruit peels, vegetable scraps, eggshells, and coffee grounds. Dairy, oils, processed foods, and animal products such as meat are not permissible items to add to home composting. Because food scraps in compost bins can be an attractant to rodents and other pests, only compost containers that are sealed on all sides with holes smaller than 1/4” will be allowed. The Village is offering residents a $25 rebate with proof of purchase of a commercially available composting container that meets these requirements. For more information, contact Public Works at 847/933-8427.
Textile RecyclingSkokie residents who receive curb or alley recycling collection can participate in free textile collection through the Simple Recycling Program. Textile recycling occurs on the same day as recycling collection and Simple Recycling already sent collection bags and instructions to all Skokie homes. Residents who take items to local charities and thrift stores are encouraged to continue to do so. For more information about this program, click here.
For your safety, if you opt to use Craigslist (or other similar services) or sharing platforms such as Neighborrow (or other similar services) to buy/sell items or to lend/borrow items, you are encouraged to engage in any and all such transactions in the lobby of the Skokie Police Department (located at 7300 Niles Center Rd.) rather than in a private setting (such your own residence).
Front Yard Gardening and Hoop Houses
Urban gardening is a growing hobby in more ways than one! Gardening is fun, it is good exercise, it is a great excuse to get outside, and it produces fresh, healthy food. Urban gardens are environmentally sustainable - they reduce your "foodprint" as fossil fuels are not used for transport. They support our local pollinators. Smaller scale gardens make it easier to grow produce organically. Did we mention they can save you money? Skokie supports both backyard and front yard gardening and hoop houses with minor restrictions.