Block Party Permits
Residents wishing to host a block party must submit a request in writing at least two weeks prior to the event. Required information includes name, address, phone number, day of the event (with rain date if applicable), the exact block to be barricaded, and the time of the event.
Starting in 2012, the Village will be partnering with the River Forest Parks Foundation for "Green" Block Parties. Those wishing to have a "Green" Block Party will receive a free composter that can be used for the party and then kept by one of the residents.
Green Block Parties are easy: Check the box on the application, get a free composter valued at over $100 and a free, kid-friendly composting demo at your party. You'll get some great "how to go green" tips for the event and you can do as few or as many as you want. It's up to you!
Why a Green Block Party?
The Green Block Party is a grassroots effort begun by River Forest residents to use the block party forum as a venue to learn about where our garbage goes, what we can do to reduce it and how to start composting in our own backyards. Green Block Party Kits were funded through a grant obtained by the River Forest Parks Foundation from the OPRF Community Foundation CommunityWorks Initiative to support PlanItGreen.
Our hope is to build on the momentum of zero waste initiatives already underway. District 90 is the first in Cook County to have all of its schools composting food scraps and yard waste. The RF Library and RF Park District are also implementing zero waste efforts including composting.
The high cost of garbage: In 2009, RF residents created over 4,300 tons of municipal solid waste. RF currently diverts only 37% of its garbage from the landfill (from leaf & yard waste pick–up and curbside recycling combined.) The rest of our waste (much of it compostable food scraps) is trucked to a landfill in Winnebago County, 80 miles from River Forest. The disposal cost for waste haulers to dump at the landfill is $50 per ton, while the cost to recycle is much lower— $30 per ton. The hauler’s higher cost is due to fuel and labor costs, and is based on weight and frequency of pickup.
Since compostable waste is largely water and heavier than non–compostable waste, an increase in household food scraps and yard waste composting has the potential to save money for the Village and its residents. Throwing your vegetable peelings, apple cores, or even moldy bread in a compost pile will not only keep the scraps out of landfills but also provide you with a rich— and free— source of fertilizer for your yard or garden.A combination of home composting, recycling and yard waste programs, can reduce household waste by up to 80%! Potential secondary cost savings and benefits to be had as a result of increased composting and recycling include reduced wear and tear on Village streets from heavy garbage trucks, and lowering the polluting effects of idling garbage trucks.
Overall, these changes will result in lower costs and have a positive effect on residents’ health and living environment. Keeping organic waste at home, in the form of nutrient–rich compost, has the added benefits of water retention, lower water bills and reduced runoff entering our storm sewers (and basements.)
You are part of the solution
The Green Block Party Kit contains everything you need to start backyard composting right now. Please share the information widely with your neighbors and enjoy your very own zero waste Green Block Party! You may not be able to get everyone on your block interested in composting or greening their environment, but just getting the conversation started is a big step forward. Step by step, block by block, you are helping River Forest go green!