Chicago Suburb, Veolia Launch Food Waste Composting Program

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

June 22, 2012

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Chicago Suburb, Veolia Launch Food Waste Composting Program

A Chicago suburb will launch a pilot food waste composting program with Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp.

The city of Highland Park, Ill., in a partnership with the Chicago-based Veolia, the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, Glad and Orbis, will begin the program Aug. 2 with Veolia’s northeast collection quadrant, which includes about 2,500 eligible households.

The first 125 participating residents will receive a 33-gallon Veolia cart at no charge, an under-sink collection bucket from Orbis and a box of compostable bags for food scraps from Glad. Veolia will collect food waste curbside once a week and transport  it to Nu-Earth Organics in Waukegan, Ill., for composting, the city said in a news release.

The total cost of the program is $40 per participating residence. The program will run through Nov. 29, at which time the city will evaluate its effectiveness.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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