February 14th: Getting to the Heart of Better Composting Through Soil

WHO:  Golf Courses, Park Districts, Athletic Fields, Landscaping, Universities/Colleges, Home Owners Associations and more

WHAT:  Composting forum on the benefits of compost for soil quality

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 14, 20189 -11:30 am (continental breakfast served at 8:30am)

WHERE:  Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189

WHY:  Learn about using compost to improve soil quality for turf and landscape management


It is free to REGISTER and includes a continental breakfast. You will learn about the benefits of compost for improving soil quality for turf and landscape management, how it impacts the bottom line, and how to identify the right compost for your needs. Check out the full AGENDA!




The IFSC Joins the US Composting Council


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Press Release          12/18/2017                                          

Illinois Compost Group Aligns With USCC as Official Committee

Illinois composters, in association with the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC), have affiliated with the US Composting Council as an organizational committee to promote the compost manufacturing industry under the umbrella of the US Composting Council, the two groups announced today.

The Illinois Composting Committee is now an official USCC Committee, sponsored by its parent organization, the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition.

"We are excited to join the USCC and believe this alliance will assist Illinois continue to expand our organics diversion programs by utilizing USCC's expertise in policy, education, infrastructure and markets," said Walter Willis, Chair of the IFSC.

Its sponsoring organization, the IFSC, was formed in 2012 originally as a group of solid waste agencies, counties, and community and government organizations dedicated to advancing food scrap composting in Illinois through program implementation, policy, and advocacy.  The group now has about 140 active members representing a cross-section of public, non-profit and for-profit entities. The IFSC and USCC will jointly take positions on regulations and legislation that affect the industry and the market for compost in the state.

"The USCC - and the compost industry - is working hard to build the infrastructure so that the entire country has access to organics collection. The energetic efforts by the IFSC make this a natural fit as the USCC works with Illinois compost advocates to move forward both collection and compost use in Illinois," said Frank Franciosi, executive director of the USCC. "Chapters like the Illinois Composting Committee are important because their leadership is directly in touch with the issues in their state and the members we work to serve, and we hope they will benefit from the national resources we make available."

Illinois becomes the seventh regional chapter of the USCC. The industry is expanding due to increased efforts to remove food scraps from disposal along with traditional yard trimmings. The demand side of the industry is expanding with the growing recognition of the beneficial uses of compost.

California, Minnesota, Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina are all USCC Charter chapters, and Composting Council committees are in Michigan and the Maryland-DC region.

For information about the Illinois chapter, contact John Lardner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or to start a chapter, contact Linda Norris-Waldt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Frank Franciosi, USCC Executive Director  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Lardner, Illinois Composting Committee  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

About USCC

The US Composting Council, a national organization dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the compost manufacturing industry, was established in 1990 to encourage, support and perform compost related research. USCC promotes best management practices, establishes standards, educates professionals and the public about the benefits of compost manufacturing and compost utilization, and enhances compost product quality, and trains compost manufacturers and compost markets. USCC members include compost manufacturers, marketers, equipment manufacturers, product suppliers, academic institutions, public agencies, nonprofit groups and consulting/engineering firms.

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.

Seven Generations Ahead



Promoting healthy and sustainable communities.  

“The 7th generation principle taught by Native Americans says that in every decision, be it personal, governmental or corporate,  we must consider how it will affect our descendants seven generations into the future.“ Molly Larkin

Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) is a non-profit focused on building healthy and sustainable communities.  SGA promotes the development of healthy and environmentally sustainable communities through education, advocacy, conferences, networks and training.

SGA’s most important project at this time is working with the Chicago Community Trust. This grant allowed SGA to collaborate with the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) to produce the Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions for Illinois report, a composting Economic Impact Report and the Illinois Soil, Food, Water and Composting Summit.  The Illinois Soil, Food, Water and Composting Summit brought leaders and activists from many areas together to collaborate and think creatively about making composting a statewide reality.  SGA also works with institutions, legislators, business leaders, schools and advocates to implement hauling service and composting programs throughout the greater Chicagoland area.

Gary Cuneen, who is the founder and Executive Director of SGA along with Jen Nelson, SGA’s program manager are founding members of IFSC and continue to serve on the board and subcommittees.

SGA believes in the power of composting to build soil nutrients, filter and conserve water, reduce erosion, sequester carbon, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that benefit people and the natural environment – all while providing the opportunity to grow jobs and create economic development that supports a healthy, vibrant Illinois. 

For more information about SGA please visit.  Seven Generations Ahead


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