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Illinois Food Scrap Coalition Recognizes Mundelein for Food Composting Program

The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) recently recognized the Village of Mundelein for offering composting services to its residents. Under the program, Mundelein residents have the opportunity to put their food scraps in their recycling bins for the compost piles. Residents can also place approved food scrap materials inside their landscape bags and containers. Collection occurs on their normal landscape pick-up day.

“On behalf of the IFSC, we would like to thank you for being one of the growing number of municipalities in Illinois that offers composting services to its residents. We are excited about promoting villages, cities, and townships like yours that offer composting. Together, we hope to increase awareness about composting in Illinois and encourage others to offer these services, as well,” said Elizabeth Bosarge, We Compost team.

Mundelein’s Food Scrap collection program is designed to help residents reduce the amount of garbage sent to area landfills. Biodegradable food waste is permitted to be mixed with yard waste as a part of this program that includes the following items:

YES
• Fruits
• Vegetables
• Breads, grains
• Pasta, cereal
• Dairy (no liquids) – Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream, Yogurt, Butter
• Egg shells
• Coffee grounds and tea leaves
• Breads, grains, pasta, and cereal
• Herbs
• Unpainted/undecorated holiday pumpkins

NO
• Teabags, and coffee filters
• Meat, poultry or seafood (no shells or bones)
• Paper products (paper towels, plates, napkins, egg cartons, pizza boxes)
• Glass, Plastics or Styrofoam
• Diapers, Pet Litter or Waste
• Liquids, Grease or Oil

Bosarge adds, “By diverting food scraps from the landfill, a beneficial product will be created that will help to grow nutritious food, reduce the need for more landfill space and solid waste disposal fees, supports Illinois’s composting infrastructure, and promotes Mundelein as environmentally conscious.”

SWALCO sells backyard composters and accessories at reduced rates to residents. For more information on how to purchase these items visit www.swalco.org

Why Compost Food Scraps?

It’s estimated that over 40% of all edible food in the U.S. is thrown out. Some of this waste can be reduced if we shop wisely, plan meals out, eat leftovers and find creative recipes or uses for food and scraps we have on hand, but if we have unwanted or unusable food scraps, recycling/composting them is the next best thing.

1. It’s easy! Collect food scraps and set out for collection each week.
2. Reduces garbage.
3. Preserves landfill space.
4. Reduces greenhouse gas production.
5. Creates compost. Food scraps help to create a nutrient rich soil amendment that improves soil health and function. Compost rebuilds soils, protects topsoil from erosion, conserves water and attracts earthworms and other helpful organisms.

For more Information on this program, composting, or if you’d like to purchase a backyard composter for your home, visit swalco.org or call 847-336-9340.

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