Volunteers, led by the Frankfort Tree Board, have been pulling garlic mustard at Frankfort’s Tank Hill for several years. Over time, the need for a place to safely dispose of garlic mustard was a clear need. Since garlic mustard is difficult to safely compost, a compost site was established at Tank Hill to keep any viable seeds from spreading off-site. Unfortunately, neighboring landowners, organizations, and others still expressed a need for a way to dispose of the invasive plant.
In 2013, the City of Frankfort recognized this need by sponsoring a garlic mustard dumpster! Crystal Lake Township also helped sponsor. In the beginning, the dumpster was locked or monitored by volunteers to make sure no other trash was put in, but it quickly became clear that folks were not abusing the system. In 2014, the dumpster made a second appearance, this time without the volunteers. When City Superintendent Josh Mills checked on the dumpster, he was happy to report there was actually just as much garlic mustard, andless misuse of the dumpster!
Now that garlic mustard season 2015 is approaching, the garlic mustard dumpster is “full-steam ahead!” Area garlic mustard “pullers” will be able to use to dumpster to dispose of the invasive plant in the marked dumpster at the Recycling Center in Frankfort, free of charge.
If you’re thinking of taking your garlic mustard to the dumpster, please consider the following things:
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