According to the USEPA, the amount of food wasted in the United States is staggering. In 2010, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, the second largest volume of wasted material, besides paper. Food waste accounted for almost 14 percent of the total municipal solid waste stream, less than three percent of which was recovered and recycled in 2010.
In response, the Village of Wauconda has been researching opportunities to bring food scrap recycling to our community. The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) has been a valuable resource in this area.
Food scrap recycling pilot programs have begun to pop up in areas such as Barrington and Oak Park, with Jewel-Osco at the forefront of this recycling movement. Most of the store’s retail outlets now separate out food scrap and send it off for composting.
If you are interested in participating in a food scrap composting pilot program in Wauconda or if you have any comments or ideas, please Email the Village’s Director of Environmental Quality, Jackie Soccorso.