IFSC Accomplishments

  • Five State-wide Forums, facilitated in 2014 to provide discussion on policies and strategies related to landfill diversion and food scrap composting and gain input from key stakeholders (haulers, composters, key policy makers, government agencies, solid waste agencies, food scrap generators, etc.), were made possible by a DCEO Grant;
  • Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Report, January 2015;
  • Recommendations to the IL Recycling Task Force for the advancement of food scrap composting;
  • Letter to IEPA regarding the IL Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Report to recommend composting solutions and resources in the reduction of nutrient loss on farmland;
  • We Compost Recognition Program for businesses and schools that commercially compost;
  • Restaurant Compost Toolkit with Spotlights and FAQs topromote food scrap composting in commercial food establishments, with a focus on large-quantity producers of food scraps, such as grocery stores and restaurants.
  • Online Presence with website and resources, social media and events calendar
  • GIS Mapping subcommittee to illustrate all the players in the compost industry - from those who generate food scraps to those who pick it up and process it into compost. As an example of the type of depiction of infrastructure gaps and opportunities that this group will address, see the map developed by DuPage County of food scrap composting efforts in the 7-county Greater Chicago area.
  • Google Maps of We Compost program participants and of IL Compost Facilities;
  • I Compost Because” Facebook awareness campaign
  • Government and Construction Factsheet on compost use and benefits
  • Policy/Advocacy
  • HB437:Allow and regulate temporary and permanent drop-offs for organic waste, much like recycling drop-offs. Through this legislation, composting drop-offs can be offered to residents. This is a great educational opportunity and a first step in food scrap diversion infrastructure. Sponsored by Representative Barbara Wheeler and Senator Pam Althoff.
  • SB1518:Extends a pilot program that will allow certain landscape waste composting facilities to also take food scrap. It will help develop haul infrastructure for organic wastes. Sponsored by Senator Michael Noland and Representative Anna Moeller.
  •  HB2495:Extends the State’s policy of support for recycling labeling laws to composting and biodegradable materials. Sponsored by Representative Sam Yingling and Senator Julie Morrison.
  •  HB1362:Require State agencies to study whether they could see benefits from the use of composting materials in land maintenance projects. Sponsored by Senator Tom Cullerton and Representative Emily McAsey.
  • Articles in BioCycle Magazine:
  • State Coalition Advances Food Scraps Diversion, Sept. 2014
  • Growing a Food Scrap Composting Infrastructure in Illinois, April 2015
  • Half-day Forum at the Highland Park GreenTown Conference, Thursday, October 18, 2012
  • Waste Not: Advancing Commercial Food Scrap Collection in the Chicago Area
  • Presentations given at numerous events, including Biocycle Annual conference on Organics in April 2013, Aurora Green Town Conference in February 2015, Indiana Recycling Association Conference in June 2015, Illinois Recycling and Resource Management Conference in June of 2013, 2014, and 2015
  • Members winning US EPA Food Recovery Challenge Awards (e.g. McCormick Place and MB Financial Park at Rosemont). See Food Recovery Challenge Results and Award Winners for more information.
  • Member communities launching curbside composting programs--including: Oak Park, River Forest, Barrington, DeKalb, and Mill Creek.
  • Economic and Market Impact Study.  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 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.