Resource Directory

The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition brings together over 140 members with experience across the spectrum of food scrap composting.  This section compiles IFSC member materials as well as materials and links to associations nationwide supporting food scrap composting. If you have additional resources to add to this section, please use the link at the bottom of the page to share that information.

IFSC Reports & Webinars


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

This report was 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 supported the work of the Task Force on the Advancement of Materials Recycling. The report includes Background: The MSW and Composting Landscape, The Benefits of Composting, The Importance of Composting for Illinois, Food Scrap Composting Model Policies and Programs, Compost Quality Standards and Economic Potential, Analysis and Challenges and Solutions.

Explore the full report here.


Food Scrap Composting Economic Impact and Market Study (2016)

“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 produced through collaboration with the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC), Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) and contracted Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA). The report explores how expanding composting and food recovery can grow local food economies, including green and sustainable jobs.

Explore the full report here.


Educational White Paper on Benefits to Soil and Water from Composting Use in Agriculture (2018)

“Analysis of the Barriers and Opportunities for the Use of Compost in Agriculture,” discusses how to viably scale food scrap composting industry, expand local sustainable farming, and resolve depleted and diminishing soil quality.

Explore the full white paper here.


Compostable Plastics Forum: The Impacts and Implications of Use and Acceptance

August 20, 2020 – Co-organized by the IFSC and Chicago Sustainability Task Force, this forum brought together stakeholders from both sides of the compostable plastics lifecycle to discuss the current state of the industry, best practices, and how to handle an increase of compostable plastics at compost facilities while maintaining high standards in finished compost products.

Watch the recording HERE and read the notes HERE.    

Illinois Hospitals Recover Wasted Food and Compost

Speakers: Cynthia Vasquez, Rush Oak Park Hospital; Nicole Wynn & Jen Grenier, Rush University Medical Center; Joe Iosbaker, University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center

Recording here.           PDF here.

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

Speakers: Jen Nelson, Seven Generations Ahead, Illinois Food Scrap Coalition, Wasted Food Solutions; Joe Iosbaker, University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center; Sgt. Daniel Sheline, Lake County Adult Correctional Facility; Carter O’Brien, The Field Museum

Recording here.                PDF  here.

Reducing Wasted Food through Campus Composting and Food Recovery

Produced in partnership by Seven Generations Ahead, the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN Community Colleges) and Illinois Food Scrap Coalition.

Speakers: Jen Nelson, Seven Generations Ahead, Illinois Food Scrap Coalition, Wasted Food Solutions; Christopher Clem, Triton College;  David Husemoller, College of Lake County

Presentation here.

Conducting a Waste Audit on Campus

Produced in partnership by Seven Generations Ahead, the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN Community Colleges) and Illinois Food Scrap Coalition.

Speakers: Jen Nelson & Alli Preble, Seven Generations Ahead; Adrian Fisher, Triton College; David Husemoller, College of Lake County

Recording here.      PDF here.

One Page Infographics

Compost 101: PDF   Image front & Image back



Municipal Composting: PDF  Image front & Image back


Using Compost: PDF  

Environmental Priority: WASTE – Illinois Environmental Council PDF


Residential Ride-Along Food Scrap Composting Guidelines PDF









“If it Grows it Goes” PSA.  See this link for more info.




IFSC Partners         IFSC Members      Other Composting Organizations


SAVOR…Chicago at McCormick Place – Platinum Sustaining Partner since 2020

Beans & Bagels – Gold Sustaining Partner since 2021
Elgin Sustainability Commission – Gold Sustaining Partner since 2021
Midwest Organics Recycling – Gold Sustaining Partner since 2016
NRDC – Gold Sustaining Partner since 2022
Our Sustainable Journey – Gold Sustaining Partner since 2020
SCARCE School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education – Gold Sustaining Partner since 2016
Seven Generations Ahead – Gold Sustaining Partner since 2017
WasteNot Compost – Gold Sustaining Partner since 2022

Christiansen Farms Premium Compost Supplier – Silver Sustaining Partner since 2018
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. – Silver Sustaining Partner since 2017
Collective Resource Compost – Silver Sustaining Partner since 2018
Cool DuPage – Silver Sustaining Partner since 2016
Duke’s Alehouse – Silver Sustaining Partner since 2017
Eco Products – Silver Sustaining Partners since 2020
Illinois Environmental Council – Silver Sustaining Partners since 2021
Lakeshore Recycling Systems – Silver Sustaining Partner since 2019
Midwest Compost – Silver Sustaining Partner since 2018
Natureworks – Silver Sustaining Partner since 2021
Rotochopper, Inc – Silver Sustaining Partner since 2018
SWALCO Solid Waste Agency of Lake County – Gold Sustaining Partner since 2017
SWANCC Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County – Silver Sustaining Partner since 2016
The Mulch Center – Silver Sustaining Partner since 2022
Total Organics Recycling – Silver Sustaining Partner since 2017
Cook County Department of Environmental Control
DuPage County
Forest Preserve
ILCSWMA – Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association
IL Energy Office – Recycling Program
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Kane County
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Macon County Environmental Management
Peoria County
River Forest Sustainability Commission
Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)
Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO)
USEPA Region 5
Village of Oak Park
Will County Green

*Haulers and Composters
All Organics Recycling, LLC
Christiansen Farms Premium Compost Supplier
Collective Resource
Composting Partners
DK Organics
Flood Brothers Disposal Company
Garden Prairie Organics
Lakeshore Recycling Systems
Land and Lakes
Midwest Compost, LLC
Midwest Materials Management
Midwest Organics Recycling
Organix Recycling, LLC.
St. Louis Composting
Waste Management of Illinois

*Food Scrap Generators: Schools/Universities/Institutions
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Adult Correctional Facility
Loyola University Chicago
McHenry County College
University of Illinois at Chicago
UIC, Environmental Engineering

Bright Beat
CB Beal Consulting
Christopher B. Burke Engineering
Deigan & Associates, LLC
Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen
Hel’s Kitchen Catering
JPL Environmental Engineering
Komptech Americas LLC
Midwest Materials Management
Rotochopper, Inc
Vegware US
71 South Wacker Drive LLC

Delta Institute
Feed Earth Now
Food For Thought
Illinois Environmental Council
Mindful Waste
National Solid Waste Management Association (NSWMA)
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
Save Our Soil
School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE)
Seven Generations Ahead


Periodicals & Books


An industry leader working to turn organic residuals–woody materials, yard trimmings, municipal solid waste, food residuals, biosolids, manure, and other feedstock into value-added products.

Journal of Composting & Recycling;
Published by: The JG Press, Inc.; ISSN 0276-5055

419 State Avenue, Emmaus, PA 18049 USA; 610-967-4135

Compost Science & Utilization
published quarterly
Published by: The JG Press, Inc.
ISSN 1065-657X
419 State Avenue
Emmaus, PA 18049 USA

Resource Recycling
published monthly

North America’s Recycling and Composting Journal
Published by: Resource Recycling, Inc.
1206 N.W. 21st Avenue
Portland, OR 97209-1609
Telephone: 503-227-1319

MSW Management
published seven times annually
Published by: Forester Communications Inc.
5638 Hollister Avenue, #301
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Telephone: 805-681-1300
Fax: 805-681-1312


Composting Inside and Out
By Urban Worm Girl

Let It Rot: The Gardener’s Guide to  Composting
by Stu Campbell

Worms Eat My Garbage
by Mary Applehoff
Flowerfield Enterprises, LLC
(269) 327-0108

Training Workshops

Angelic Organics Learning Center
Caledonia and Chicago
(815) 389-8455 or (773) 288-5462

Chicago Botanic Garden
(847) 818-2901 or (847) 298-3502

Growing Power Urban Farm
Milwaukee, WI
(414) 527-1546 or (773) 486-6005

Smart Farm


IFSC Spotlight: Hannah’s Bretzel – 2014 YouTube video
IFSC Spotlight: Food For Thought Catering – 2014 YouTube video

Illinois Recycles – Land and Lakes – Commercial Composting – Virtual Tour – 2009 YouTube video
Lake County TV –Highwood and Lake Bluff Begin Residential Food-Scrap Composting Programs – YouTube video
SWALCO – 3 Options for Composting Your Kitchen Food Scraps – YouTube video
SWALCO – Food Scrap Composting: Do’s And Don’ts – YouTube video
SWALCO – Lake County’s Dirty Jobs: Composting – YouTube video
PBS – Food Waste Film (Video)
PBS CHICAGO TONIGHT One Man’s Mission to Expand Composting in Chicago – Clip: 08/17/2016 | 6m 58s.
University of Illinois Extension Henderson, Knox, McDonough and Warren webinar – Approaches to Small Scale Farm Composting – 2014 YouTube video
Village of Oak Park CompostAble Program – Composting On the Enterprise – YouTube video
Waste Management – Composting Tip: How to Create a Newspaper Liner for Food Scraps Container –  2015 YouTube video
WBEZ – Blaine Elementary students explain composting –  YouTube video

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Members and Partners can advance food scrap composting and landfill diversion in Illinois by sharing their tools and resources.  Help us help you share your publications that educate and spread access to food scrap recycling.

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