More Options to Keep Food out of the Trash

At the November 9, 2020, Village Board Meeting, Village officials approved a franchise agreement for a residential and commercial food scrap collection program, beginning December 1, 2020, that will be offered to Morton Grove residents and businesses by Collective Resource Compost (CRC) of Evanston.

This franchise agreement greatly expands on the composting opportunities in Morton Grove that began in May 2020 with the yard cart food scrap tag-along. Through CRC, Morton Grove residents and businesses have the option of using 5-gallon lidded buckets or 32-gallon bagged totes to compost either on their own or communally. CRC collects year-round and has a longer list of acceptable items than the yard cart program, most notably teabags and coffee filters, meat, poultry, and seafood. Compostable disposables such as paper towels, plates, napkins, egg cartons, and pizza boxes and compostable plastics are all accepted.

Residents using the yard cart are offered a Winter Gap program using CRC’s container-swap program to continue diverting their food scraps until the yard cart program picks up again in the spring.

Collective Resource Compost is a woman-owned business that has been helping Chicagoland to compost for a decade and is successfully managing municipal franchises in both Evanston and Skokie. They developed a container-swap method that makes it easier and cleaner to collect food scraps for diversion. The food scraps are processed at a commercial composting facility in Chicago. CRC has been servicing residents and businesses in Morton Grove since 2014. The franchise agreement makes the service a bit more affordable.

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