Glen Ellyn, Naperville and Barrington residents recycle organic waste. Food scrap collection became 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 is exploring what other communities are doing, learning successes and challenges, costs and benefits, and advocating for food scrap recycling in Elmhurst. If you are interested in bringing curbside composting to Elmhurst, please let the City know as much:
- Email key personnel at the City of Elmhurst. Each ward has two aldermen, with email addresses typically formatted as email@example.com. Also include Public Works Director Howard Killian on any email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and copy us as well (email@example.com) so we can keep track of how many emails are being sent. Your message can be as simple as this: I encourage the City to bring curbside composting to Elmhurst. Sign the email with your name and street address.
- Watch for a Waste Services Survey from the City of Elmhurst this summer, which will provide an opportunity to share your support for food scrap collection.
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request to be added to our e-newsletter for updates and action items.