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 12 noon 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 Challenges and Solution Report and the 2017 Economic Impact Study

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.

Building 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 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.

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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