Policy Committee

The Policy Committee of the Illinois Food Scrap & Composting Coalition promotes policy that supports composting of all organics, including food scraps, and food recovery efforts in Illinois. Since 2010, several policies have expanded the ability of individuals, businesses, schools, and other organizations to recover, compost, and keep food scraps out of landfills.

Click on the link below to see a list of all introduced, enacted or pending legislation relating to the diversion and/or composting of food scraps and all organics in the state.

Actions and Activities

Policy Committee members review, track, and implement policies that will:

  • Recover food for human consumption and reduce wasted food,
  • Appropriately regulate composting and organics diversion,
  • Incentivize business development related to composting,
  • Encourage the use of end product compost in development, and
  • Provide residential and commercial access to affordable food scrap composting.

The Policy Committee engages in the following activities:

  • Tracks, analyzes, and monitors pending and enacted legislation that impacts IFSCC members on the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Reviews policies from other cities, states, and countries that could be adopted in Illinois to encourage food scrap composting.
  • Brings together stakeholders to workshop the best policy practices that can be implemented.
  • Plans for long term policy solutions and organizing that will support its policy goals.
  • Educates decision-makers on compost and composting policies.


Third Thursdays of each month 11:00am – Noon via Zoom

If you are interested in joining this committee, please email illinoiscomposts@gmail.com and contact

Liz Kunkle, Co-chair: liz@ilenviro.org

Tommy Vaughan, Co-chair: tommy@wastenotcompost.com


Caption: Illinois State Rep. Carol Sente and Walter Willis, SWALCO Executive Director

Committee Chairs

Liz Kunkle, Illinois Environmental Council

Tommy Vaughan, WasteNot Compost