Get the Dirt on Composting in Illinois

Join us for a fall forum to learn about the status of composting in Illinois and where we go from here. 

After the forum, follow us to for networking.  Location is TBD. 

When: November 6th, 1-3 pm

Where: Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

3795 Campton Hills Road

St. Charles, Illinois 60175

Who should attend: Anyone interested in learning more about the state of composting in Illinois

Space is limited, save your seat early!



IEPA Permitted Compost Facility Map

Find a composting facility near you to deliver/dispose of food scraps and other organics or to purchase finished compost!  The map shows IEPA permitted commercial composting facilities.  Facilities that are IFSC members are marked with a green star. 

Please note: each facility is different and not all facilities accept drop-offs, food waste, or compostable serviceware.  Please review the information on the map or contact the facility to learn about what materials are accepted, who may bring in compostable material, and what finished compost products are available.  

Icons indicate compost facilities.  Click on an icon to view facility information.   Click HERE to view the map in a new tab. 

White Paper: Analysis of the Barriers and Opportunitites for the Use of Compost in Agriculture

Building on the 2017 Economic Impact and Market Study Report and the November 2017 Illinois Soil, Food, Water and Composting Summit, Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA) and Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) created a white paper for key stakeholders and policy makers to spread education on composting feasibility.  The 2018 white paper, “Analysis of the Barriers and Opportunities for the Use of Compost in Agriculture,” discusses how to viably scale food scrap composting industry, expand local sustainable farming, and resolve depleted and diminishing soil quality.


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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