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Compost Yields Healthy Crops

which promotes increased water retention and nutrient absorption for plant growth. Compost also provides a feedstock for essential microorganisms in the soil that aid plants and roots.

Utilizing Food Scraps in Compost

returns a nutrient rich soil amendment back to the earth and diverts roughly 30% of waste volumes sent to landfill annually in Illinois. 

Integrating Food Scraps Through Collection

drives demand from the bottom up, creating broader diversion opportunities for food scrap generators and haulers.

Wasting 40% of Food Supply

increases the need for more production of food crops. If efficiencies can be found in this system, the same amount of food can find its way to feed more people.

Restaurant Composting

 

Business/Institutional Composting

 
 
 

Residential Composting

 
 
 

How much will food scrap collection cost my business?

It depends on a number of factors -- size of your collection bin, purchase of indoor bins, frequency of pick up, how many other businesses in your area are composting, and your contract with the compost hauler.  
 
As an example, Jewel grocery stores have successfully implemented food scrap composting at 169 of their stores in Illinois. There are only six company stores in the state that do not have access to this service at a reasonable cost. The program has been cost-neutral overall. Due to infrastructure, there are some variances in price from store to store for the service. The company does find value in this program and significantly reduces their volume of waste sent to landfill. Initial training was done in-house by the Environmental Sustainability Manager and has since transitioned to the managers in each unit to continue ongoing training efforts. 
 
Depending on the makeup of your specific food service location, there may be opportunities to take advantage of current compost pickup routes or work with other businesses to share the cost of collection. This provides efficiency for haulers (referred to as “route density”) and cost savings for food scrap generators (such as restaurants).