About IFSC

Mission Statement

The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) is a thriving not-for-profit organization advancing diversion and composting of organics in Illinois through advocacy, program implementation, market and business development, policy, and outreach.

Board of Directors

2019 Board Members

Josh Connell, Lakeshore Recycling Systems

Jim Cowhey, Organix Recycling

Gary Cuneen, Seven Generations Ahead

Lisa Disbrow, Waste Management

Jennifer Jarland, Kane County – IFSC Chairman

Jeannine Kannegiesser, Northern Illinois Food Bank

Stephanie Katsaros, Bright Beat

Benjamin Krumstok, Composting Partners

  John Lardner, JPL Environmental Engineering

Kay McKeen, SCARCE

Charlie Murphy, Midwest Compost

Jen Nelson, Seven Generations Ahead

Joan O’Keefe, Will County

  Macy Oswald, St. Louis Composting

Dave VanVooren, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWANCC)

Walter Willis,  Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO)


Consider joining IFSC partners & members on an active committee to support initiatives, improve services and expand marketability of finished compost.

Joining a committee is an opportunity to build relationships in your sector of interest and move the marker on food scrap diversion across the state while simultaneously strengthening your connection to the overall composting industry in Illinois.


The IFSC joins the work of other related groups, taking a collective impact approach to solving local problems related to waste management and reducing wasted food. Following are a few key organizations with which IFSC collaborates:

  • Chicago Sustainability Task Force
  • Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association
  • Illinois Recycling Association
  • Illinois Restaurant Association
  • Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
  • One Earth Film Festival
  • Wasted Food Action Alliance
COLLABORATION SPOTLIGHT – Wasted Food Action Alliance

The Wasted Food Action Alliance (WFAA) aims to develop a working strategy and action platform that makes Illinois a leader in reducing wasted food through collaboration, education, and policy. 

IFSC members participate on the Coordinating Team (driving the strategic direction of the group), the Policy Committee, and the team developing a K-12 School Food Waste Toolkit.

2019 IFSC Strategic Plan

Annual Reports

USCC Committee

The IFSC is the sponsoring organization of the U.S. Composting Council-Illinois Committee