Policy Committee

The Policy Committee of the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition analyzes and proposes policy that supports food scrap composting and food recovery efforts. Since 2010, several policies have expanded Illinois’ ability to recover, compost, and keep food scraps out of landfills.  


The Policy Committee advocates for a policy structure that allows and appropriately regulates food scrap composting and diversion, encourages business opportunities for such practices, and provides residential and commercial access to affordable food scrap and composting pick up or drop off opportunities.

Over the past two years, the committee has expanded its scope and goals to include analyzing and proposing legislation that enhances efforts to recover wasted food for human consumption.


  • Monitoring the IEPA’s budget request for FY 2020 in anticipation that it will include a new grant program for food scrap related projects. If not requested in IEPA’s budget, the committee will work with IEPA and the General Assembly to enact an appropriation bill that does include grant funding for food scrap projects
  • Participating with the Wasted Food Action Alliance and its policy committee to continue to explore the need for legislation to assist with food recovery and/or food scrap composting
  • Monitoring legislation that is introduced to determine if it impacts food recovery or food scrap composting and making such legislation available to the IFSC and its members
  • Assessing the future need for legislation related to landscape waste transfer stations and diversion of food scraps from landfilling


Zoom call meetings are scheduled on a quarterly and as-needed basis.

To join the committee, contact co-chair Liz Kunkle liz.kunkle@gmail.com


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


Committee Co-Chairs

Liz Kunkle, Collective Resource Compost
Jen Walling, Illinois Environmental Council

Committee Members

Jen Nelson, Seven Generations Ahead
Walther Wills, SWALCO