Haulers & Compost Processors

Illinois has many ways for businesses and residents to have food scraps picked up and taken to a compost processing facility. Commercial haulers, food scrap pick-up services and drop-off locations offer options for diverting food scraps from the landfill.

Choose an option below to learn more about Illinois compost businesses and where these services are provided.

Are you a hauler or composter that should be on this site? Contact llinoiscomposts@gmail.com to be included.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact each business below to determine how their services are being impacted.

FOOD SCRAP HAULERS

Commercial vendors hauling food scraps usually provide this service through commercial or municipal residential contracts. There are also a few Illinois vendors who service residents and businesses through a subscription service involving a bucket or bin exchange.

This list of haulers includes whether they provide food scrap hauling through commercial contracts, residential municipal contracts or through a subscription service.

Food Scrap Pickup Services (Haulers)

All Illinois Pickup Service Providers (Haulers)

Advanced Disposal    advanceddisposal.com
Service area: northern Cook County
Type of service: Commercial pick up only

Block Bins LLC     blockbins.com
Service area: Chicago
Type of service: Commercial and residential pick up

Collective Resource Compost    collectiveresource.us
Service area: Chicago north of I55, North & Northwest Suburbs (service area map)
Type of service: Subscription for commercial and residential pickup
Items accepted: all food waste is taken to a commercial compost facility

Flood Brothers     floodbrothersdisposal.com
Service area: Chicago and northern Illinois
Type of service: Commercial pickup, residential pickup in Riverside only

Healthy Soil Compost LLC     healthysoilcompost.com
Service Area: Belmont to 63rd and Western to the Lake
Type of service: Commercial and residential pickup, bicycle pickup
Items accepted: all food waste

Lakeshore Recycling Systems      lrsrecycles.com
Service area: Chicago and near north suburbs
Type of service: Commercial pickup, residential pickup in all service area except in Chicago

Midwest Fiber     midwest-fiber.com
Service area: Bloomington-Normal
Type of service: Commercial pickup only

Midwest Material Management Compost     mwcompanies.com
Service area: Chicago and surrounding suburbs
Type of service: Commercial pickup only

Organix Recycling     organixrecycling.com
Service area: All Illinois
Type of service: Commercial pickup only

Our Sustainable Journey     oursustainablejourney.com
Service area: Naperville
Type of service: Residential and commercial pickup

Prairieland Disposal     prairielanddisposal.com
Service area: McHenry County, Lake County, northern Kane County, northwestern Cook County
Type of service: Commercial and residential pickup

Republic Services     republicservices.com
Service area: City of Chicago, east of Harlem Avenue
Type of service: Commercial pickup only

Resource Center     theresourcecenterchicago.org
Service area: Chicagoland – Western Spring at the west; Evanston at the north; Southern border of Chicago
Type of service: Commercial and residential pickup

Roy Strom      roystrom.com
Service Area: Chicago, West Cook County, Western DuPage County
Type of service: Commercial and residential pickup

The Ground Rules / Social Ecologies     socialecologies.net
Service Area: City of Chicago – downtown, near north, near south and near west side
Type of service: Commercial and residential pickup

Total Organics Recycling     totalorganicsrecycling.com
Service Area: St. Louis – Metro East
Type of service: Commercial pickup only

Urban Canopy     theurbancanopy.org/compost-club
Service boundary is I-290, I-294, Cicero, I-55
Type of service: Subscription for commercial and residential pickup
Items accepted:  veggie scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, spoiled fruit and other compostables are vermicomposted (worm composting)

Waste Management     wm.com
Service Area: Chicago and the surrounding suburbs
Type of service: Commercial and residential pickup

WasteNot Compost     wastenotcompost.com
Service Area: Chicago only – downtown, west, and north neighborhoods
Type of service: Subscription for commercial and residential pickup
Items accepted:  all food waste

*To see if your community offers a composting pick-up program, click HERE

Compost Facilities

COMPOST PROCESSORS

Compost processors

Find a composting facility near you to deliver/dispose of food scraps and other organics or to purchase finished compost!

FOOD SCRAPS: Commercial composting of food scraps is done through a processing facility that is permitted to handle organic waste, has the capacity to accept what is generated, and is relatively close; Many officials cite the availability of such a facility as the single most important factor in determining the feasibility of a composting program.

The COMPOST PROCESSOR MAP below  shows IEPA permitted commercial composting facilities. Each facility is different and not all facilities accept food waste. If they do, they may or may not offer an option to drop-off food scraps.  Please review the information on the map or contact the facility to learn about what materials are accepted, who may bring in compostable material, and what finished compost products are available.

Explore the interactive compost facilities map to find a composter near you!

Use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out or two fingers on a touch screen.  You can find site-specific information when clicking on an icon.  More information is available for IFSC members.

Green stars: IFSC members

Blue pins: Non-IFSC members

Are you a composter and would like to have your info on this map?  Fill out this form HERE.

Backyard Composter

DROP OFF

Food scrap drop off

The following resources are meant for use by local governments interested in implementing residential drop off of food scraps for composting (permanent site), special collection temporary sites/events) or other programs.

Significant progress has been made in our state to facilitate collections of food scraps for composting. Illinois House Bill 437 – Organic Composting drop-offs was signed into law by Governor Rauner in July 2015 allowing temporary and permanent sites to collect organics for composting. Thanks to this success, pumpkin collection can continue with the support of the Illinois government.

  • Food scrap drop off – permanent collection sites
  • Food scrap drop off – one day collection sites and events
  • Pumpkin Collection Guide

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Share your work in food scrap composting by emailing PDFs and/or links to illinoiscomposts@gmail.com.