Pumpkin Smash!

Are you ready for the annual Pumpkin Smash on November 4th?  

This will be the fourth year of greening Halloween by providing a drop-off for composting pumpkins.  Collective effort has diverted over 90 tons of pumpkins from landfills!  Thank you for helping it grow in your communities.

Registration & Guide

Site registration is open and an updated guide is online. Page 2 of the guide outlines the steps to get an event organized.  

*Important Procedure Note

There is no permitting required but sites do need a note from their municipality stating they are allowed to collect pumpkins for composting at your location on the date/time. 

Contact SCARCE  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 630.545-9710 with any questions.

Illinois Soil, Food, Water, and Compost Summit

Join us at The Illinois Soil, Food, Water, and Composting Summit on November 3rd 2017!

Where: Robert H. Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

Purpose: To bring together leaders and practitioners working on soil conservation, water quality protection, sustainable agriculture/local food, food recovery, and composting to learn more about the connectivity between issues and explore opportunities for collaborative work that lead to eco-effective, socially-responsive, and economically viable results across topic areas. 

Outcomes: Develop tangible policy, project, and program ideas that answer the following questions: 

  • What are the linkages and leverage points between protecting Illinois waterways, large-scale compost application, and growing food for local consumption?
  • How can systems within institutions/businesses support food recovery for people in need and composting?
  • Can Illinois grow a local food economy without ruining its water ways and natural resources?

This event is organized by Seven Generations Ahead in partnership with:

The Illinois Environemental Council, Bright Beat, SCARCE, Will County, and The Board of the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition

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.

We Compost Grocery Stores

We would like to commend the following We Compost partner grocery stores for participating in a commercial compost program and being a leader in moving us towards a more sustainable world.

This program is made possible through the generosity of the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust.



Gold Level Partner

Gold Level Partner grocery stores demonstrate the highest level of commitment to food scrap diversion by composting both pre-consumer and post-consumer food scrap. These institutions compost all kitchen trimmings during food preparation AND compost leftover plate scraps after a dish is served to customers and guests. These institutions may additionally endeavor to analyze supply vs. waste and modify procedures to reduce food waste by ordering less or differently.


Belli's Local Foods Market
1219 W 18th St
Chicago IL, 60608
(312) 307-7305
  Founding Partner


Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks
 5625 Howard St.
 Niles, IL 60714
 (847) 410-0595


Sugar Beet Food Co-Op
812 W Madison Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 948-7656






Silver Level Partner

Silver Level Partner grocery stores demonstrate a significant commitment to food scrap diversion by either composting pre-consumer or post-consumer food scrap. These institutions compost kitchen trimmings during food preparation OR compost leftover plate scraps after a dish is served to customers and guests. Attaining Silver Level certification is a step in the process toward Gold Level certification.

Common Ground Food Co-op
Lincoln Sqaure
300 S. Broadway Avenue #166
Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 239-8111


City Fresh Market
131 North Clinton
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 575-0230


Dill Pickle Food Co-op
3039 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-2667
Founding Partner




True Nature Foods
6034 N. Broadway Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 465-6400
Founding Partner





Member Accomplishments

We want to highlight all the great work our members do to further food scrap composting in the state of Illinois! If you are an individual or organizational member of IFSC, you can submit information about residential or commercial composting, food donation, outreach, education, or other types of accomplishments via our online form. This information will be used to create blog posts, social media posts, presentations, or other relevant materials to showcase the composting activities throughout our state. Please see the form for further information, or contact the Communications and Outreach Committee.

This page will also be a repository for permalinks to IFSC blog posts that highlight member accomplishments and related information. Check them out below.