2016 Composting Policy Forums
In 2016, IFSC held four Stakeholder Forums in Northern Illinois to explore potential policy solutions in the Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Report (2015).
These stakeholder forums included deep dive discussions about the composting policy and infrastructure work of the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition and the Illinois Environmental Council.
Forum 1: July 11th, 2016; Cook County, Chicago View Presentation
Policy Deep Dive: Universal Recycling and Composting Law: Statewide infrastructure/ statewide policy overview
Forum 2: October 4th, 2016; DuPage/Kane County View Presentation
Policy Deep Dive: Discussed the impact PAYT and Organics Drop Off have in Illinois
Forum 3: October 24th, 2016; Northern Cook County View Presentation
Policy Deep Dive: Organics Diversion Goals
Forum 4: November 10th, 2016; Lake County, College of Lake County View Presentation
Policy Deep Dive: Compost Processor Permitting and Organics Ride Along Programs
View additional materials discussed at the forums:
This project has been funded by Food, Land, Opportunity - The Chicago Community Trust - The Searle Funds.
2014 Stakeholder Forums
Illinois Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions
All forums were open to all interested parties, regardless of geographical location. VIEW INVITATION TO ALL FORUMS.
May 2, 2014 – Northeast Illinois - University of Illinois-Chicago, Cook County
September 16, 2014 – Northwest Illinois - Wheaton, DuPage County, Cantigny Park
September 22, 2014 – Central Illinois - Champaign, Champaign County, Champaign Public Library
October 6, 2014 – Southern Illinois - Edwardsville, Madison County, Lewis & Clark Community College, Nelson Campus
October 22, 2014 Wrap Up Session – North-Central Illinois, Parke Regency, Bloomington/Normal
At the forums, we presented research on policies, programs and best practices across the country that promote food scrap composting. We highlighted current initiatives in the state and beyond. We also had roundtable discussions about current challenges related to advancing food scrap composting in Illinois and potential solutions. The groups made recommendations for moving forward that were incorporated into a report on Illinois Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions.
This work is generously sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).