Education and Projects Committee
The Education and Projects Committee works on specific projects designed to educate stakeholders about food scrap composting policies, best practices and programs and make recommendations for priority strategies and policies that will achieve the goal of advancing food scrap composting across Illinois. The committee also educates stakeholders and the general public about food scrap composting initiatives, success stories and resources. 

Conference call meetings are scheduled on the first Thursday of the month at 10am. To join the committee, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Committee Members

  • Pete Adrian, SWALCO
  • Mary Allen, SWANCC, ILCSWMA Board Member
  • Heather Goudreau, SCARCE
  • Jennifer Jarland, Kane County
  • Debra Kutska, Oakton Community College
  • Allison Preble, Seven Generations Ahead
  • Kay McKeen, SCARCE
  • Jen Nelson, Seven Generations Ahead
  • MerleAnn Rampale, SWALCO
  • Sara Ryan, St. Louis Composting
  • Julie Schilf, U.S. EPA

Bold denotes the chair of the committee. 

Current Projects

One-page education pieces

PDF    Compost 101

PNG    (front) Compost 101                (back) Compost 101



PDF    Municipal Composting

PNG   (front) Municipal Composting        (back) Municipal Composting

Additional one-page education pieces are in progress on the following topics: drop off (temporary and permanent); schools and institutions.





Hospital Webinar - January 15, 2019 @ 10 am



Illinois Institutions Reduce Wasted Food: How a University & Medical Center, Jail and Museum Reduce, Recover and Compost - December 10, 2018

Click here to view the full webinar recording

Click here to download the presentation as a PDF


View the webinar presentation:   Reducing Wasted Food through Campus Composting and Food Recovery - May 28, 2018

Conducting a Waste Audit on Campus - April 26, 2018

Listen to the recording and view the PDF presentation from this webinar.



Audience: County officials and educators


Audience: Institutions


Audience: Municipal officials

Additional webinars may be developed for restaurants, institutions, grocery stores, and others. 


Collaborating with IFSC Partner, Seven Generations Ahead on the Chicago Community Trust/Kinship funded grant Building Illinois Local Food Shed Through Advancing Food Scrap Composting:

Policy and Education for state, county and municipal officials supporting and encouraging food scrap composting.

 Municipal Guide is in development to document and share strategies and resources to encourage municipal food scrap composting

Institution Education on food scrap composting systems (hospitals, schools, grocery stores, etc.)

Collaboration Across Compost, Food, Soil and Water IFSC members helped to found and  participating on the Illinois Wasted Food Solutions Task Force.

The IWFS task force has a committee working on developing a K-12 toolkit to help schools reduce food waste, recover and donate food and compost food scraps.

Grant Funding - the education committee seeks grant opportunities to advance IFSC goals, guides work to meet grant deliverables and reports on grant progress to the IFSC Board, IFSC membership and funders.


1. Educational White Paper on Benefits to Soil and Water from Composting Use in Agriculture

2. Illinois Soil, Food, Water, and Compost Summit on November 3rd, 2017

3. Food Scrap Composting Economic Impact and Market Study (2016)

economic impact report cover


Economic Impact and Market Study Report: Elements of the Case for Advancing Food Scrap Composting Industry and the Link to Building Illinois Local Food Recovery was developed 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. This report built on the 2015 Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Report and was produced through collaboration with the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC), Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) and contracted Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA).

Download the Economic Impact and Market Study Report: Elements of the Case for Advancing Food Scrap Composting Industry and the Link to Building Illinois' Local Food Economy and read about recommended programs for increased organics diversion, with an emphasis on food scraps.


4. Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Report to the General Assembly (2015)

This report is designed to educate elected officials, composting industry stakeholders and advocates, and the public at-large about opportunities and strategies related to developing a robust food scrap composting industry in Illinois. This report and the Executive Summary of Recommendations support the work of the Task Force on the Advancement of Materials Recycling, and include recommendations already being addressed by the Task Force – including the SB850 transfer station pilot program, Illinois food labeling and national labeling standards, state procurement policy requiring the use of Illinois compost, and compost site permitting revisions.

The IFSC intentionally decided to limit the scope of the report to food scrap composting, while fully recognizing and supporting the role of food scraps in the creation of renewable energy and other useful by-prod­ucts through the utilization of anaerobic digestion as an alternative to composting.

  • Background: The MSW and Composting Landscape
  • The Benefits of Composting
  • The Importance of Composting for Illinois
  • Food Scrap Composting Model Policies and Programs
  • Compost Qduality Standaards and Economic Potential
  • Analysis
  • Challenges and Solutions

Download the Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions Report.

5. We Compost Recognition Program (2014-to date - now established as a separate committee)

We Compost is a free recognition program that promotes businesses and institutions that participate in a commercial compost program. Our goals are to highlight entities that compost and encourage more people to patronize businesses that are managing their food scraps responsibly. Participating businesses and institutions receive a  window decal to place on their front door to communicate to customers that they compost. It's free to join and takes just a few simple steps. Upon completion of the application process, a window decal and certificate congratulating the business will be provided. They will also be included on the elite list of restaurants, businesses, and institutions in Illinois that are composting, added to the We Compost Google map, and publicized in outreach literature produced by the IFSC and We Compost team. Learn more about We Compost.

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