Chicago Composting Ordinance

On July 29th, 2015, the city of Chicago put a new ordinance in place “to expand composting operations at community gardens and urban farms across Chicago, as well as create a citywide community garden registry and urban farm accessory composting operation permit” ( The purpose of this ordinance is to take our city’s waste and utilize it to create fertilizer and to become more sustainable in this urban setting. The previous regulations in Chicago stated that “urban farms and community gardens could only compost materials generated on-site. It was illegal to accept food scrap donations, and they needed permits for containers larger than 5 cubic yards” (Chicago Tribune). The issues that prompted this ordinance to be put in place is obvious – Chicago being a large city creates massive amounts of food scraps and other materials that can be reused in gardens and farms, which would not only increase public health, but make the city more sustainable. “We also seek to expand the suite of metrics that can help gauge the sustainability of an urban system in its present state, or possible future states as behavior, technology and policy change”(Zellner). Based off of this in class article and the huge step Chicago has taken in implementing this new policy, we have made a massive positive change, and have so much room for more regulations regarding our environment and sustainability.


Cancino, Alejandra. “City Council Approves Compost Ordinance.”                            Chicago Tribune, 29 July 2015. Web. 29 Mar. 2016.

“City Council Approves Ordinance to Expand Citywide Composting                                                                Program.” City of Chicago, 29 July 2015. Web. 29 Mar. 2016.

Zellner, Moira L., et al. “A New Framework for Urban Sustainability                                                              Assessments.”Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems (2008): n. pag. Web. 29                    Mar. 2016.



2 thoughts on “Chicago Composting Ordinance

  1. The ordinance to expand composting operations are a huge step further for Chicago, especially because it is a mayor metropolitan city where a lot food is wasted. The policy would empower urban farmers to increase community gardens and also to increase people power to grow and harvest their own food. Furthermore, this increase of urban farmers could potentially reduce the cost, economically and environmentally, of getting the fresh products from other places. Overall, in the long-run by creating more community gardens or private gardens in our local communities we would increase the wealth and well-being of a community. Thus, making Chicago a city with healthy, sustainable (economically and socially) communities.


  2. Unsustainable garbage disposal may harm the environment, such as polluting underground water. It is a good idea to reuse remainders to save resources and protect the environment.


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