Join us on Thurs., April 27, 7 p.m., Elmhurst Public Library, to learn how much food is wasted each year in the U.S.; how you can reduce your impact — including tips on food storage, buying “ugly” vegetables, composting, food recovery projects and food scrap recycling; and how new legislation, local organizations and nearby communities are leading the way in reducing both food waste and our negative impact.
This presentation is co-sponsored by the Elmhurst League of Women Voters, Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition and Elmhurst Public Library, and is presented by Kay McKeen, Founder of SCARCE.
Register via the Elmhurst Public Library — online, in-person or by phone. FREE.
ADDITIONAL FOOD RECYCLING NEWS:
Glen Ellyn, Naperville and Barrington residents recycle organic waste. Food scrap collection will become mandatory in Highwood in May, and voluntary compost programs will soon be offered in many nearby Chicago suburbs. Which communities will follow their lead?
Food scraps is the largest category of municipal solid waste currently sent to landfills. When disposed of in landfills, food waste breaks down and releases methane.
Food scrap recycling programs divert food waste from landfills by taking household food scraps and turning them into compost.
As municipal waste hauling contracts come up for renewal (Elmhurst’s current contract expires in 2017) and more facilities become available to process the material, the number of communities collecting and composting food scraps is expected to grow.
Elmhurst Cool Cities will explore what other communities are doing, learn successes and failures, costs and benefits, and advocate for food scrap recycling in Elmhurst. In the meantime, if you are interested in bringing composting to Elmhurst, contact us at email@example.com.