The village of Forest Park is hosting a composting forum on Sunday, March 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Austin Room at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd.

On Nov. 17, 2019, the village held a recycling forum, a chance for residents to learn about the complexities of recycling and ask questions of a representative of Republic Services, Forest Park’s recycling contractor.

The composting event is the next in what appears to be a trend in environmental issues being addressed by Mayor Rory Hoskins, Village Administrator Tim Gillian and the commissioners, especially Jessica Voogd who has pushed hard for both events.

The composting forum comes just in time for heavy yard-waste season, but residents can learn about other compostable materials, including discarded food scraps and soiled paper.

“Join the Village of Forest Park to discuss how we can keep our food scraps out of landfills and how composting reduces our waste and saves money!” reads the flyer for the event.

In addition to community groups on hand, a composting expert from Republic Services, and stories and games for kids, the event features Oak Park’s Sustainability Coordinator Mindy Agnew, who has led Oak Park in environmental initiatives such as composting and zero waste in Oak Park schools, bringing green block parties and events to the village and implementing the required purchase of single-use plastic bags from most stores in Oak Park.

The event is hosted by the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce and the Forest Park Public Library.