About IFSC

Mission

The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) is a group of solid waste agencies, counties, community and government organizations, businesses, schools, institutions, service providers, and processors dedicated to advancing food scrap composting in Illinois through program implementation, policy, and advocacy.

The full group meets monthly via conference call on the first Monday of the month (excepting holidays) at 10:30 am CST for one hour. The subcommittees meet separately as needed.

The subcommittees include:

Goals / Current Work

The Coalition is in the process of expanding membership and developing a scope of work related to advancing food scrap composting in Illinois, including:

1)     Prioritize Solutions from 2015 Report

This IFSC report, published in January 2015, is designed to educate elected officials, composting industry stakeholders and advocates, and the public at-large about opportunities and strategies related to developing a robust food scrap composting industry in Illinois. This report and the Executive Summary of Recommendations support the work of the Task Force on the Advancement of Materials Recycling, and include recommendations already being addressed by the Task Force – including the SB850 transfer station pilot program, Illinois food labeling and national labeling standards, state procurement policy requiring the use of Illinois compost, and compost site permitting revisions.

The IFSC intentionally decided to limit the scope of the report to food scrap composting, while fully recognizing and supporting the role of food scraps in the creation of renewable energy and other useful by-prod­ucts through the utilization of anaerobic digestion as an alternative to composting.

  • Background: The MSW and Composting Landscape
  • The Benefits of Composting
  • The Importance of Composting for Illinois
  •  Food Scrap Composting Model Policies and Programs
  • Compost Quality Standards and Economic Potential
  • Analysis
  • Challenges and Solutions

Download the Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions Report.

2)     Webinars

A series of informational webinars is being developed to bring awareness to the successes and challenges of those instituting composting into their operations. Separate webinars will be held for restaurants, institutions, grocery stores, curbside programs, residential backyard composting among others. See the Education and Projects committee page for further details. 

3)     Administrative Framework

IFSC has incorporated an administrative position, which entails scheduling monthly meetings, agendas and minutes, maintaining membership data base, social media, website updates, and possibly sourcing more funding.

4)     Policy and Advocacy

Provide recommendations for policy and infrastructure change in the state of Illinois and further promote the recommendations of this Coalition, as per the Report, in order to advance food scrap composting.  See the Policy/Permitting committee page for further details.

5)     Seek Funding

Explore opportunities to apply for funding through partnerships and sponsorships to support the work outlined above.

IFSC Accomplishments

See our IFSC Accomplishments page.

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