Highland Park Launches Food Waste Composting Program

Few Illinois communities do anything with food waste other than deposit it in landfills. Highland Park, however, begins a composting program August 2.

Residents of Highland Park’s northeast neighborhoods can take part in a pilot program starting Thursday, Aug. 2 to get rid of food scraps and help the environment at the same time.

The city is launching a food waste composting program as part of its sustainability and green initiatives.

The program, which will run through Thursday, Nov. 29, will be run by the city along with Veolia Environmental Services and the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County. Glad, which sells trash bags and food storage containers, and the Orbis Corp., which creates environmentally friendly packaging and products, will also take part.

For residents who choose to take part in the program, food scraps will be picked up on their normal garbage day. Some examples of acceptable scraps are fruits and vegetables, egg shells, cooked leftover foods, tea bags, cardboard pizza boxes, dairy products and coffee grounds and filters. Bones, fats and greases should not be included.

Eligible households will be notified how to sign up for the voluntary program by mail and on their monthly bill from Veolia Environmental Services.

Roosevelt University offers fast-track bachelor degree completion programs for students entering with previous college experience, including certificate programs at community colleges. Our Sustainability Studies offerings include a fast track option, as well as courses on waste and food issues including SUST 230 Food and SUST 240 Waste. For more information, please visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email applyRU@roosevelt.edu.

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