Candidate’s Night — TONIGHT!


Come meet the candidates! Ask questions!

There are 4 Trustee Meet the Candidates Clip Artpositions on the ballot in April.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Civic Center, 302 Willow St, Maple Park

Consolidated Election
April 2, 2019


Can’t make it, but have questions? Complete the Questions for candidate form (44 downloads) and return to the Village Clerk at 302 Willow Street, Maple Park, IL  60151, via email to: Village Clerk, or via fax to (815) 827-4040.

Strategic Plan 2018-2023

Strategic Plan Clip ArtAs promised, the Strategic Plan is online for your review. Remember when you attended that public meeting last fall? This is the culmination of a lot of work by the Board of Trustees, staff, residents, and NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies. We are hoping to bring some (if not all) of these goals to fruition in the future.

Strategic Plan 2018-2023 (167 downloads)


If you still have questions about all the recycling changes, you can submit a question to Jennifer Jarland from Kane County Recycles. She can answer all your questions about the “New Rules” for recycling. Here is a question that she recently received.

“Q: Hi, Jennifer!

 Tub With Food PictureAfter reading the Kane County Recycles Green Guide I’m still unclear about clear hard plastic food containers. For instance, lettuce mixes, fruit and snacks.

If these containers are recyclable, is there a market for them? Or are they being crushed and sent to some remote country somewhere?

I know that pet food and bird seed bags are not recycled, which is a shame because it is such a huge industry. Are the hard-plastic litter containers recyclable?

Do you know if there is an organization that is working with industry to develop alternative materials for these products? This is obviously a subject I’m very interested in.

Thanks so much for looking into this for me.

 — MJK

 A: Hi, MJK!

Yes, fruit and lettuce boxes are recyclable! The reason that the guidelines are a little vague is because these items are on the line of recyclable or not recyclable.

Many of the recycling facilities do not want them, because they have little to no value. There is a market for mixed low-grade plastic but it isn’t great. And it is very likely offshore.Tub with Salad Picture

That said, you CAN put them in your bin and they will get recycled. (Read the fine print of the online guidelines and you will find them listed there, under the plastic bottles, tubs, jugs, and jars details. They are considered “Tubs.”)

Flat lids though, if separated from the container, are not recyclable as they cannot be sorted by the current technology (based on shapes) and often end up in with the paper because it is thin and flat. So, for example, the flat lettuce container lids should go in the trash, please. And the tub itself goes in the recycling.

Cat Litter Container pictureKitty litter containers are recyclable, yes. And if they have a screw on lid, it can also be recycled, attached to the container.

The Product Stewardship Institute works on product and packaging design. Also, there are definitely signs of movement in the direction of design for recyclability in the corporate arena. Slowly but surely.

It is up to us to shop wisely, too, and avoid the packaging if possible. I just wrote an article on that!”

Contact Jennifer Jarland at 630-208-3841 or


Register to Vote Clip ArtIf you are going to be 18 before the April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election, or if you just haven’t registered yet, you can register to vote now.

You can come to the village office in Maple Park (302 Willow Street) to register, or you can go to the county website in which you live:

DeKalb County

Kane County


The 2020 Census is Coming…

US Census LogoThe 2020 Census at a Glance

Village of Maple Park

Counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place.

The U.S. Census Bureau is the federal government’s largest statistical agency. They are dedicated to providing current facts and figures about America’s people, places, and economy. Federal law protects the confidentiality of all individual responses the Census Bureau collects.

The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count—or a census—of America’s population.

The census provides vital information for you and your community.

  • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries. Redistricting counts are sent to the states by March 31, 2021.
  • Communities, like Maple Park, rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools, and emergency services.
  • Businesses use census data to determine where to open places to shop.

Each year, the federal government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars to states and communities based on Census Bureau data.

In 2020, new technology will be implemented to make it easier than ever to respond to the census. For the first time, you will be able to respond online, by phone, as well as by mail. They will use data that the public has already provided to reduce follow-up visits. And, they are building an accurate address list and automating their field operations—all while keeping your information confidential.

So, please, complete the census. It will help your community!

For more information go to the website.

Maple Park Planning Commission


The Maple Park Planning Commission is looking for a volunteer to fill an up coming vacancy. Applicants need to be a Maple Park resident for a minimum of one year. If you are interested, please complete the Member Application (59 downloads) and return it to the Village Clerk at P.O. Box 220, Maple Park, IL, 60151, via email, or you can also drop it off at 302 Willow Street, Maple Park. If you should have any questions please feel free to call the village office at (815) 827-3309.


Mixed Curbside Residential Recycling MythsRecyle Often Recycle Right Logo

  • It’s time to get back to the basics of good recycling
  • Identify myths of recycling, and become an expert
  • Understand the basic recycling rules and tips

For more information, read the Recycling Myths Flyer (65 downloads) , or visit website.

Recycling Sea Change: Stop Recycling Plastics That’s NOT a Container

Recycling Sea of Change: Illinois Developing Consensus on Items ‘Accepted’ or ‘Not Accepted’

Recycling Sea Change: Illinois Developing Consensus on Items ‘Accepted’ or ‘Not Accepted’

  • Editor’s Note: This article, written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland, is the second of a three-part series on China’s National Sword legislation and its effects on recycling programs in Kane County. Got questions or concerns? Contact Jarland at at 630-208-3841 or

The impacts of China’s National Sword legislation and the shifting world of recycling have yet to hit Illinois in force, but to be sure, they are coming.

In response, a group of statewide stakeholders and experts have been convened into a Recycling Contamination Task Force, which includes representation from Illinois associations, agencies, haulers, Materials Recovery Facility operators, and county program coordinators.

I am a member of the task force, serving in my capacity as a board member of the Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association.

At our most recent meeting, the task force reviewed a detailed list of recyclable materials and arrived at consensus concerning which items would be “accepted” or “not accepted” for recycling statewide, with a couple of items being “accepted in some areas.”

The list looks nearly identical to the existing Kane County Recycling Guidelines.