Will this increase environmental health concerns such as unpleasant odors and pest nuisances?

The Village of Skokie has a robust rodent management program that includes resident and business education, property inspections and treatment when rat activity is observed. In addition, the Village offers both compost pickup by paid subscription and free compost drop-off sites throughout the community. Removing compostable materials from the refuse toter and placing them in a sealed five-gallon bucket reduces odor and makes the trash less attractive to rodents and other pests. 

To further minimize the potential for odors and pests, residents should:

  • Place trash in sealed bags prior to place into refuse toter.
  • Keep the refuse toter lid closed
  • Place the refuse toter in a shaded area during warmer months
  • Double-bag diapers, pet waste or other items with strong odors prior to placing them in the refuse toter
  • Practice good “toter hygiene” by rinsing out your toter as soon as possible if a bag rips or leaks
  • If you notice holes in your toter or damage to your toter lid, residents can request a new toter online by selecting “Request a new Recycling/Refuse Cart or Lid” or by calling Public Works at 847-933-8427.  

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1. What is once-weekly refuse collection?
2. When will the switch to once-weekly refuse pickup occur?
3. What day will be my refuse collection?
4. Does once-weekly refuse collection apply to commercial customers?
5. Why is the Village switching to once-weekly refuse collection?
6. What are the benefits of transitioning to once-weekly refuse collection?
7. Why should I recycle when only a small amount is recycled when it gets to the sorting plant?
8. Will this increase environmental health concerns such as unpleasant odors and pest nuisances?
9. What if I have more trash than fits in the toter?
10. Can I request a second toter?
11. How can I reduce the amount of refuse from my household?
12. Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
13. Will the Village’s quarterly refuse fee change with the onset of once-weekly refuse collection?