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.

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)

COMMERCIAL Illinois pickup providers (haulers)

Block Bins LLC     blockbins.com
Service area: Chicago

Collective Resource Compost Cooperative    collectiveresourcecompost.coop
Service area: Chicago north of I55, North & Northwest Suburbs (service area map)
Items accepted: all food waste is taken to a commercial compost facility

Flood Brothers     floodbrothersdisposal.com
Service area: Chicago and northern Illinois

Lakeshore Recycling Systems      lrsrecycles.com
Service area: Chicago and near north suburbs

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

Organix Recycling     organixrecycling.com
Service area: All Illinois

Our Sustainable Journey     oursustainablejourney.com
Service area: DuPage County

Prairieland Disposal     prairielanddisposal.com
Service area: McHenry County, Lake County, northern Kane County, northwestern Cook County

Republic Services     republicservices.com
Service area: City of Chicago, east of Harlem Avenue

Resource Center     theresourcecenterchicago.org
Service area: Chicagoland – Western Spring at the west; Evanston at the north; Southern border of Chicago

Total Organics Recycling     totalorganicsrecycling.com
Service Area: St. Louis – Metro East

Urban Canopy     https://www.theurbancanopy.org/home
Service boundary is I-290, I-294, Cicero, I-55
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

WasteNot Compost     wastenotcompost.com
Service Area: Chicagoland area

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

RESIDENTIAL Illinois pickup providers (haulers)

Block Bins LLC     blockbins.com
Service area: Chicago

Collective Resource Compost Cooperative    collectiveresourcecompost.coop
Service area: Chicago north of I55, North & Northwest Suburbs (service area map)
Items accepted: all food waste is taken to a commercial compost facility

Flood Brothers     floodbrothersdisposal.com
Service area: Riverside only

Lakeshore Recycling Systems      lrsrecycles.com
Service area: near north Chicago suburbs, excludes Chicago

Our Sustainable Journey     oursustainablejourney.com
Service area: DuPage County

Prairieland Disposal     prairielanddisposal.com
Service area: McHenry County, Lake County, northern Kane County, northwestern Cook County

Resource Center     theresourcecenterchicago.org
Service area: Chicagoland – Western Spring at the west; Evanston at the north; Southern border of Chicago

The Urban Canopy     https://www.theurbancanopy.org/home
Service boundary is I-290, I-294, Cicero, I-55
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

WasteNot Compost     wastenotcompost.com
Service Area: Chicagoland area 

*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 IFSCC members.

Green pins: IFSCC members

Blue pins: Non-IFSCC members

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

Backyard Composter

DROP OFF

Municipal food scrap programs and drop off locations

The following resource is meant for use by local governments and the general public interested in various residential options for food scrap composting in Illinois.

Significant progress was made in Illinois to expand collections of food scraps for composting. Illinois House Bill 437 was signed into law by Governor Rauner in July 2015 allowing for both temporary and permanent sites to collect organics for composting.

  • Food Scrap Municipal Programs
  • Food Scrap Drop Off Locations

If you are aware of an Illinois food scrap collection program that is missing from this resource, contact Administrative Coordinator, Amy Bartucci at illinoiscomposts@gmail.com. Please include the County, Municipality, Address and also a link to either the Hauler or Municipal Website where communication of the composting programs and relevant details (acceptable items), are available to the public.

Click here to view the Illinois Food Scrap & Composting Program resource.

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