Haulers & Compost Processors

Illinois has many ways for businesses and residents to have food scraps hauled and processed into compost. 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.

Food scrap haulers

Lakeshore Recycling Systems

Compost processors

Compost Supply

Food scrap drop off

Grayslake, IL

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.

Haulers (food scrap pick-up service)

If residential, the following companies offer compost pickup in that area as a subscription service (5-gallon bucket, prices depend on program and frequency of pickup): 

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

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

Collective Resource, Inc.     collectiveresource.us
Service area: East of Interstate 94/41 from Lake Forest to Hyde Park
Type of service: Subscription for commercial and residential pick up
Items accepted: all food waste is taken to a commercial compost facility

Green Dirt Compost    greendirtcompost.com
Service area: Chicagoland and northern Illinois
Type of service: Subscription for commercial and residential pick up
Items accepted: fruits and vegetables are vermicomposted (worm composting) / no meats, bones, fats, oils, dairy

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

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

Lakeshore Recycling Systems      lrsrecycles.com
Service area: Chicago and near north suburbs
Type of service: Commercial pick up, residential pick up except in Chicago
Items accepted:

Midwest Fiber     midwest-fiber.com
Service area: Bloomington-Normal
Type of service: Commercial pick up only
Items accepted:

Midwest Material Management Compost     mwcompanies.com
Service area: Chicago and surrounding suburbs
Type of service: Commercial pick up only
Items accepted:

Organix Recycling     organixrecycling.com
Service area: All Illinois
Type of service: Commercial pick up only
Items accepted:

Prairie Land Disposal     prairielanddisposal.com
Service area: McHenry County, Lake County, northern Kane County, northwestern Cook County
Type of service: Commercial and residential pick up
Items accepted:

Republic Services     republicservices.com
Service area: City of Chicago, east of Harlem Avenue
Type of service: Commercial pick up only
Items accepted:

Resource Center     resourcecenterchicago.org
Service area: Chicagoland – Western Spring at the west; Evanston at the north; Southern border of Chicago
Type of service: Commercial and residential pick up
Items accepted:

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

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 pick up
Items accepted:

Total Organics Recycling     totalorganicsrecycling.com
Service Area: St. Louis – Metro East
Type of service: Commercial pick up only
Items accepted:  

Urban Canopy     theurbancanopy.org/compost-club
Service boundary is I-290, I-294, Cicero, I-55
Type of service: Subscription for commercial and residential pick up
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 pick up
Items accepted:

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

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.

FINISHED COMPOST:

COMPOST PROCESSOR MAP – Composting Facilities of Illinois Map (IEPA permitted compost processors)

The 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.

  • Facilities that are IFSC members are marked with a green star.
  • Icons indicate compost facilities.  Click on an icon to view facility information.

To provide comments and feedback on the map, please email illinoiscomposts@gmail.com

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

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

Green stars: IFSC members

Blue pins: Non-IFSC members

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 Compostingdrop 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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