In support of the Greenest Region Compact 2 (GRC2), the City of Elgin discontinued its use of pesticides on several public properties. This means you might see dandelions and other weeds that would normally be killed with herbicide treatments throughout the year.
The City of Elgin adopted the GRC2, which provides environmental sustainability goals for the region and helps guide and support cities in achieving their own sustainability initiatives. One of GRC2’s land goals provides an advanced strategy to “manage lawns using natural products and low-impact practices.”
Having these Pesticide Free Zones is one step toward achieving that goal here in Elgin. There are also a number of “No Mow Zones” in Elgin. Over the years, the City has also worked to reduce the number of herbicide treatments on all its public properties, while maintaining appearance and controlling costs.
The map below displays locations of Elgin's current Pesticide Free Zones. Click here or on the map below to open a PDF where you can zoom in. All Pesticide Free Zones are also marked with signs like that shown to the right.