Working for a more sustainable Chicago since 1975.
Studies show that food waste makes up over 20% of municipal waste. Once in a landfill, food waste produces large amounts of methane -- a "greenhouse gas" even greater than CO2--contributing to the problem of climate change. Our Food-to-Farm Collection program helps organizations and individuals seeking to reduce their food waste to actively participate in creating a local, healthy, sustainable food economy, while also impacting our global environment.
Composting helps reduce:
Check out this great, family-friendly video on composting.
Resource Center’s Food-to-Farm compost collection service helps our commercial customers reduce waste and participate in the mission of environmental sustainability. Chicago generates over 2,000 tons of food waste every day. We turn this “waste” into nutrient-packed compost, ideal for growing healthy produce.
We collect food waste from restaurants, food service providers, universities, and other entities that are committed to contributing to agricultural sustainability and supporting a strong local food system. Click here to inquire about Commercial Compost Collection.
Our residential composting program is offered on a voluntary, subscription basis. Households pay an annual fee to get access to a Resource Center compost bin with a combination lock. Once your fee is paid, we provide you with a lockbox code for the bin nearest you. You then can put your yard waste, food scraps and organic matter into it as-needed. We empty the bins on a regular basis, however, if the bin is 3/4 full prior to pick-up participating residents can make a courtesy call or e-mail for earlier pick-up.
Currently, we have a number of Bins in the Hyde Park area. Click here to see our locations.
Don't see a bin near you? E-mail us to let us know of your interest or the interest of your building or block to see if Resource Center can create a new location for your participation.
Items NOT Accepted
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Ready to join the mission to reduce your carbon footprint and be a part of a local, sustainable food economy? Sign up to be a Chicago Compost Champion.