By Dave Dahl
SPRINGFIELD - The landfill is no place for yard waste, and now the same holds for your leftover food. The state announced Friday the availability of grant money for recycling and composting programs.
David Smith of the State Energy Office, part of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, said composting is a better resolution for processors’ byproducts, such as peels, and for grocery stores’ expired produce.
“Over20 years ago, Illinois banned the landfilling of yard waste,” said Smith. “Food scraps, instead of having you just throw them into a landfill, can be putthrough a process where it produces a very good soil amendment at the end.”
Local units of government, including schools, can apply for up to $50,000 each ingrant money, as can businesses and not-for-profit groups. Smith said the money comes from the state’s Solid Waste Management Fund, made up of landfill tipping fees.
For more information on applying for the grant, visit www.illinoisrecycles.com.