About IFSC

Mission Statement

The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) is a thriving not-for-profit organization advancing diversion and composting of organics in Illinois through advocacy, program implementation, market and business development, policy, and outreach.

Board of Directors

2020-2021 Board Members

Josh Connell, Lakeshore Recycling Systems

Jim Cowhey, JPM Development, LLC

Lisa Disbrow, Waste Management

Erlene Howard, Collective Resource Compost

Jennifer Jarland, Kane County – IFSC Chairman

Jeannine Kannegiesser, Northern Illinois Food Bank – IFSC Secretary

Stephanie Katsaros, Bright Beat

Benjamin Krumstok, Composting Partners – IFSC Vice Chairman

John Lardner, JPL Environmental Engineering – IFSC Treasurer

Kay McKeen, SCARCE

Charlie Murphy, Midwest Compost

Alaina Morin, St. Louis Composting

Jen Nelson, Seven Generations Ahead

Joan O’Keefe, Will County

Rick Shipley, Organix

Walter Willis,  Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO)

Committees

Consider joining IFSC partners & members on an active committee to support initiatives, improve services and expand marketability of finished compost.

Joining a committee is an opportunity to build relationships in your sector of interest and move the marker on food scrap diversion across the state while simultaneously strengthening your connection to the overall composting industry in Illinois.

Click HERE if you are intested in joining a committee

Collaboration

COLLABORATION SPOTLIGHT – Wasted Food Action Alliance

The Wasted Food Action Alliance (WFAA) aims to develop a working strategy and action platform that makes Illinois a leader in reducing wasted food through collaboration, education, and policy. 

IFSC members participate on the Coordinating Team (driving the strategic direction of the group), the Policy Committee, and the team developing a K-12 School Food Waste Toolkit.

Inclusivity and Equity at the IFSC

While IFSC continues – as a coalition of individuals, businesses, and organizations – to drive the diversion of food scraps from landfills and into a growing compost infrastructure in Illinois, we believe that the emergent issues of 2020 require action to combat COVID-19 and racial injustice as a critical part of the comprehensive solution leading to a more sustainable and just future for all.

IFSC would like to help raise awareness, while committing to ongoing collaboration towards positive change that addresses the issues faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in relation to compost programs and accessibility.

We recognize that a sustainable future cannot and will not exist without first achieving racial and social justice for BIPOC, including acknowledging the contributions of our minority partners to this movement, and inviting increased involvement.

We invite you to share your composting stories with aim to elevate BIPOC voices. These stories will be included in a blog or social media post to keep these critical conversations a part of the movement toward environmental and social justice. Please email us at illinoiscomposts@gmail.com.

 

The IFSC joins the work of other related groups, taking a collective impact approach to solving local problems related to waste management and reducing wasted food. Following are a few key organizations with which IFSC collaborates:

  • Chicago Sustainability Task Force
  • Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association
  • Illinois Recycling Association
  • Illinois Restaurant Association
  • Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
  • One Earth Film Festival
  • Wasted Food Action Alliance

Strategic Plan

Annual Reports

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The IFSC is the sponsoring organization of the U.S. Composting Council-Illinois Chapter