Current Programs

The City of Elmhurst participates in a number of programs designed to promote sustainable practices for the benefit of its residents. Please see short descriptions and links below -

Cooking Oil Recycling
Residents are encouraged to recycle their holiday cooking oil post-Thanksgiving. The City of Elmhurst partners with the School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) & Green Grease Environmental to hold a used cooking oil collection event on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. When cooking oil is poured down drains, it sticks to sewer pipes causing clogs and breaks that are costly for homeowners and municipalities to repair. Cooking oil and other greases may also interfere with water treatment at our sanitary facilities.

Pumpkin Recycling
Residents can reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills each Halloween by participating in a pumpkin recycling event. The City and SCARCE team up to offer pumpkin collection at the Public Works Garage. Check the City website for annual details.

Stormwater Incentive Program for Residents
The purpose of this program is to encourage property owners who are proposing redevelopment/additional impervious improvements to provide additional stormwater management above the required National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Runoff Curve Number volume. This incentive program also applies to existing homeowners that are not increasing impervious area but want to add stormwater management systems. New homes that currently have directly connected downspouts and sump pumps could participate in the incentive program to disconnect these sources and utilize best management practices in controlling stormwater runoff.

Residential Stormwater Policy

Incentive Policy and Avg. Costs
Public Works Permit(PDF)


Rain Barrel Information
The City of Elmhurst offers rain barrels in partnership with the Conservation Foundation. Rain Barrel Details.