The IFSC Joins the US Composting Council

 

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Press Release          12/18/2017                                          

Illinois Compost Group Aligns With USCC as Official Committee

Illinois composters, in association with the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC), have affiliated with the US Composting Council as an organizational committee to promote the compost manufacturing industry under the umbrella of the US Composting Council, the two groups announced today.

The Illinois Composting Committee is now an official USCC Committee, sponsored by its parent organization, the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition.

"We are excited to join the USCC and believe this alliance will assist Illinois continue to expand our organics diversion programs by utilizing USCC's expertise in policy, education, infrastructure and markets," said Walter Willis, Chair of the IFSC.

Its sponsoring organization, the IFSC, was formed in 2012 originally as a group of solid waste agencies, counties, and community and government organizations dedicated to advancing food scrap composting in Illinois through program implementation, policy, and advocacy.  The group now has about 140 active members representing a cross-section of public, non-profit and for-profit entities. The IFSC and USCC will jointly take positions on regulations and legislation that affect the industry and the market for compost in the state.

"The USCC - and the compost industry - is working hard to build the infrastructure so that the entire country has access to organics collection. The energetic efforts by the IFSC make this a natural fit as the USCC works with Illinois compost advocates to move forward both collection and compost use in Illinois," said Frank Franciosi, executive director of the USCC. "Chapters like the Illinois Composting Committee are important because their leadership is directly in touch with the issues in their state and the members we work to serve, and we hope they will benefit from the national resources we make available."

Illinois becomes the seventh regional chapter of the USCC. The industry is expanding due to increased efforts to remove food scraps from disposal along with traditional yard trimmings. The demand side of the industry is expanding with the growing recognition of the beneficial uses of compost.

California, Minnesota, Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina are all USCC Charter chapters, and Composting Council committees are in Michigan and the Maryland-DC region.

For information about the Illinois chapter, contact John Lardner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or to start a chapter, contact Linda Norris-Waldt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Frank Franciosi, USCC Executive Director  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Lardner, Illinois Composting Committee  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

About USCC

The US Composting Council, a national organization dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the compost manufacturing industry, was established in 1990 to encourage, support and perform compost related research. USCC promotes best management practices, establishes standards, educates professionals and the public about the benefits of compost manufacturing and compost utilization, and enhances compost product quality, and trains compost manufacturers and compost markets. USCC members include compost manufacturers, marketers, equipment manufacturers, product suppliers, academic institutions, public agencies, nonprofit groups and consulting/engineering firms.

Seven Generations Ahead

   

 

Promoting healthy and sustainable communities.  


“The 7th generation principle taught by Native Americans says that in every decision, be it personal, governmental or corporate,  we must consider how it will affect our descendants seven generations into the future.“ Molly Larkin


Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) is a non-profit focused on building healthy and sustainable communities.  SGA promotes the development of healthy and environmentally sustainable communities through education, advocacy, conferences, networks and training.


SGA’s most important project at this time is working with the Chicago Community Trust. This grant allowed SGA to collaborate with the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) to produce the Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions for Illinois report, a composting Economic Impact Report and the Illinois Soil, Food, Water and Composting Summit.  The Illinois Soil, Food, Water and Composting Summit brought leaders and activists from many areas together to collaborate and think creatively about making composting a statewide reality.  SGA also works with institutions, legislators, business leaders, schools and advocates to implement hauling service and composting programs throughout the greater Chicagoland area.


Gary Cuneen, who is the founder and Executive Director of SGA along with Jen Nelson, SGA’s program manager are founding members of IFSC and continue to serve on the board and subcommittees.


SGA believes in the power of composting to build soil nutrients, filter and conserve water, reduce erosion, sequester carbon, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that benefit people and the natural environment – all while providing the opportunity to grow jobs and create economic development that supports a healthy, vibrant Illinois. 


For more information about SGA please visit.  Seven Generations Ahead

 

Economic Impact and Market Study

economic impact report coverBuilding on the 2015 Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Report produced by recent collaboration with the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC), Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) contracted Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA) to identify the problems associated with landfilling organics, food scraps in particular, and recommend solutions emphasizing the development of the Illinois sustainable food industry.

The goals of the project were to examine the influence of expanded food scraps recovery and composting programs on improving the viability of commercial composting ventures in Illinois, driving Illinois-based food production, and enhancing the local food economy in Illinois, including jobs and revenues.

The analyses in this report indicate that the three targeted organic materials – food scraps, compostable yard waste (not including woody materials), and compostable paper-- represent significant recoverable resources. Diverting the three target materials would reduce 22% of tons disposed, and 16% of the MTCO2e available from all the non-recovered recyclables and organics disposed annually in Illinois. Using estimates of future prices of carbon dioxide, the value of the carbon dioxide represented by the target food scraps is $54 million - $89 million annually (2020 prices).

Download the Economic Impact and Market Study Report: Elements of the Case for Advancing Food Scrap Composting Industry and the Link to Building Illinois' Local Food Economy and read about recommended programs for increased organics diversion, with an emphasis on food scraps.

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