The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) is a thriving non-for-profit organization advancing diversion and composting of organics in Illinois through advocacy, program implementation, market and business development, policy, and outreach.



2018 Board Members, (years of term left), Executive Officers

Josh Connell – Lakeshore Recycling Services (2)
Jim Cowhey - Organix Recycling (2)
Gary Cuneen - SGA (2)
Lisa Disbrow - Waste Management (2)
Jennifer Jarland - Kane Co (2) - Chair
Jeannine Kannegiesser - Northern Illinois Food Bank (2) - Secretary
Stephanie Katsaros - BrightBeat (1)
Sara Koziatek - St. Louis Composting (1) - Vice Chair
John Lardner - JPL Environmental Engineering (1)
Kay McKeen - SCARCE (2)
Charlie Murphy – Midwest Compost (1)
Jen Nelson - SGA (1)
Dean Olson - Will (1)
Dave VanVooren - SWANCC (2) - Treasurer
Walter Willis - SWALCO (2)



  • IEPA Permitted Composter Facility MAP created by the Market Development Committee
  • Analysis of the Barriers and Opportunities for the Use of Compost in Agriculture white paper completed. 
  • Green Partner level added to We Compost program
  • HB 4790 passed in both the house and senate and is before the governor - Legislation increases the use of compost in transportation projects at the state and helps create a market for the use of compost in Illinois.  Any state agency that undertakes a landscaping project requiring the use of new or offsite soil for landscape-related use and that is located within 10 miles of any IEPA permitted compost facility shall request a separate bid for compost amended soil as part of that project. 
  • Public Act 100-0094 (SB 1456): allows two more landscape waste transfer stations to accept food scraps without going through local siting, under a 2-year demonstration permit with the IEPA (which can be renewed).
  • HB 2606 Requires a food donation policy for every state agency.
  • Letter to IDOT and CDB offering support for pilot projects carried out under HB 4790
  •  “Building Illinois’ Local Food Shed Through Advancing Food Scrap Composting” renewed for its 3rd year.  Funding for this work was provided by Food:Land:Opportunity, a collaboration between Kinship Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust and funded through the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust. This project focused on the following key project components:
    • Infrastructure and Institutions: Work has been done with Chicago Public Schools, universities, hospitals, and other institutions through webinars, waste audits, consultations, trainings, and the white paper.
    • Policy and Education: This piece was done in collaboration with the Illinois Environmental Council.  It included meeting with legislatures, sharing information on composting, creating a waste factsheet for policymakers, webinars for municipalities, and a compost one-pager for compost collection events.
    • Collaborative Projects: This component organized project teams from the November 2017 summit to develop policies, projects, and initiatives across silos. 
  • We Compost logo trademarked in 2018
  • We Compost Program:
    • Added 7 Gold and 4 Silver, 2 Green Partners, as well as 6 municipalities in 2018
    • The current total of 172 Partners (up from 153 in 2017)
    • Green Partner level added to We Compost program
  • Residential Curbside Composting Programs in Illinois
    • 30 residential curbside composting programs (up from 25 in 2017)


Previous Years

IFSC 2017 Annual Report

IFSC 2016 Annual Report

IFSC 2015 Annual Report

IFSC 2014 Annual Report

IFSC 2013 Annual Report

IFSC 2012 Annual Report