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Chicago announced its first city-wide composting program Monday, with 15 drop-off locations for residents to help make the city greener, according to a news release.

Chicago announced its first city-wide composting program Monday, with 15 drop-off locations for residents to help make the city greener, according to a news release.

Ashlee Rezin

Chicago announced its first city-wide composting program Monday, with 15 drop-off locations for residents to help make the city greener, according to a news release.

Chicago announced its first city-wide composting program Monday, with 15 drop-off locations for residents to help make the city greener, according to a news release.

Ashlee Rezin

Food waste drop-off sites open as Chicago launches first city-run program

Food waste accounts for nearly 40% of landfill material in Cook County.

Chicago announced its first city-wide composting program Monday, with 15 drop-off locations for residents to help make the city greener, according to a news release.

Ashlee Rezin

   

The city of Chicago announced a new program Monday to limit the amount of food waste that gets sent to area landfills. The Department of Streets and Sanitation has created 15 drop-off sites to collect food scraps from residents to turn into compost, the nutrient-rich remnants of decomposed organic material that can be added to soil.

Reset speaks with food waste experts about the new city-run initiative and the benefits of composting.

GUESTS: Amy DeLorenzo, member, Illinois Food Scrap and Composting Coalition

Erika Allen, co-owner, Green Era Sustainability Partners

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