What happens to the all the food scraps generated by schools, businesses, homes and organizations? Where do the apple cores, banana peels, meat bones go? These nutrient-rich food scraps are thrown into our garbage and end up in landfills.
On 8/13/09, Governor Quinn signed an important bill, SB99, into law. This public act allows food scraps to be composted and diverted from landfills in Illinois. As of January 1, 2010, businesses, organizations, and schools can begin composting their food scraps and organic matter. To learn more, read our fact sheet. To read details about the bill, click the box to the right.
Also, effective immediately, all Illinois state agencies are to use, to the maximum extent feasible, soil with compost ammendment, in all land maintenance projects paid for with public funds. With this Bill, SB 1932, all state agencies must only give due consideration and preference to the use of compost-ammended organic materials.
Food Scrap Composting - IL Senate - SB 99
Use of Composted Materials - IL Senate SB 1932