We Compost Grocery Stores

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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

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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.

Economic Impact and Market Study

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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.

DeKalb County Green Living Festival

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IFSC Guest Blog Series by Michelle Gibson, Solid Waste Specialist for DeKalb County Health Department

Caring for the environment is not just for elite, well-educated people. Caring for the environment is everyone's duty. Environmental stewardship should unite people regardless of class, race, social economic status or education level. The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition seeks to elevate all efforts to promote environmental stewardship as it relates to composting food scraps. IFSC would like to highlight the DeKalb Green County Living Festival. This event is significant because it took place at the DeKalb County Health Department. The location is important because the Health Department's population encompasses the whole County. Everyone, at some point in their life, will need to visit the Health Department because of the wide range of services offered.  

DeKalb Green Living FestivalThe Green Living Festival's aim was to bring environmental stewardship to populations who otherwise, would not be exposed to it. Over half of the clientele at the Health Department receive government subsidized food assistance know as WIC (Women Infant and Children Supplemental Food Program). Low-income families don't always have environmental stewardship at the forefront of their mind. The intent of the festival was to introduce them to composting as well as other aspects of environmental stewardship. Families attended seminars and visited booths teaching them about environmental stewardship. Families were shown how they can be more involved in the food cycle, beyond shopping at the grocery store and discardiFood cycle diagramng food waste. They started by touring the community gardens located on the Health Department's campus.Community gardens are open to anyone and produce is offered for free to WIC clients. After picking out fresh produce, they were shown healthy recipe demonstrations from the food they picked up. In line with the major mission of IFSC, they were given a seminar on composting food scraps and using them to help in their own gardens. The families who did not wish to participate in the community garden program were offered buckets to collect food scraps. They can drop the buckets off at the community gardens and exchange them weekly. These food scraps will provide vital nutrients for the gardens.  Families also received tips on energy efficiency from Com Ed, Nicor and the Citizen's Utility Board. The DeKalb Public Library bought out children's books on environmental stewardship and healthy living. Other groups such as the YMCA, Adventure Works and Live Healthy DeKalb provided hands on kid's activities to promote physical activity and healthy eating. Families who attended this event left with lots of great information about composting food scraps, gardening and environmental stewardship.  Attendees at green living festival