Environmental Committee

Regular Meetings

  • 7:00 p.m.
  • 4th Tuesday of every month
  • Village Hall - Room 214
    2121 W. Lake Street
    Hanover Park, IL 60133

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Overview & Events

The Environmental Committee works to provide residents of the Village with information and opportunities relating to environmentally-friendly practices. We hold a number of annual events.  The events are as follows: 

  • Apiary Open House - June 6, 2021
  • Apiary Open House Rain Date - June 13, 2021
  • Recycling Event - September 25, 2021
  • River Sweep - TBD 

Events are subject to change or cancel due to Covid 19. 

We welcome volunteers for our various events. If you or your group are interested, please contact us at 630-823-5706.

Honey Bees

An apiary is a location for raising honey bees. The Village opened the nation’s first Community Apiary in 2011 to help combat the very real threats facing these vital insects. To apply to keep bees in our apiary, download an application (PDF).

In November 2019 an Ordinance was passed which allows bees to be kept in backyards.  For more information, contact Public Works at 630-823-5700. 


Efforts by the Environmental Committee and our volunteers have been recognized by two Governor’s Hometown Awards (for the Community Apiary and the Recycling Event). You may have seen our award signs as you entered town.


You may recycle household batteries, and compact fluorescent light bulbs year-round at Public Works on weekdays from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Our Recycling Event will be held at the Hanover Park Metra Station on September 19, 2020 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

Recyclable Items:  Cell phones and ink-jet cartridges / Eyeglasses, hearing aids, and keys / American flags / CFL and fluorescent bulbs / Household batteries / Large lead-acid batteries (automobile, sump pump, SLA, ad marine batteries only) / Working bikes / Books / Records / Musical Instruments / Motor oil and antifreeze / Clean usable child and adult clothing / Fire extinguishers and scrap metal / Personal documents for shredding (service is free; No businesses.  No hard covers, binders, binder clips, or books.  Staples and paperclips OK) / Records / Brita, PUR Filters.   

Unacceptable Items:  Household electronics / Paint / Large appliances (such as refrigerators and ovens) / Oil filters / Water heaters / Air conditioners / Garbage disposals / Propane tank, compressed air tanks / Ammunition / Smoke detectors / Radioactive materials / Explosives / Hazardous waste / Chemicals / Needles / Syringes / Controlled substances / Business waste of any kind / Regular garbage. 

Environmental Compact

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus created the Greenest Region Compact 2 (PDF) to address environmental sustainability issues of global importance at the local level. It is important for Mayors and local governments throughout the United States to take leadership roles to advance sustainability both in their own communities and in concert with regional, national and global initiatives. Our Village Board passed a Resolution endorsing the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus’ Greenest Region Compact 2 on April 21, 2016.