In a 2017 study over 30% of the contents of an Evanston trash cart were found to be organic materials that could have been composted. In the past few years, we've gotten better, by reducing our food waste and by composting in our own backyards and via the City and Collective Resource.
Collective Resource Compost is Evanston's partner in composting. CR operates drop-off sites, and offers home pickup as a subscription service. They can compost more than you might imagine.
The City of Evanston offers single-family residences composting two ways. A year-round commercial subscription with Collective Resource or a seasonal (April-October) program integrated with City yard waste carts. We have prepared a comparison.
Updated November 2023, this is a material-by-material guide for how & where to handle waste — from everyday plastics and metals to unusual and hard to recycle items. Please submit corrections or additions to our Beyond Waste team.
The Department of Public Works hosts up to date info on waste pickup, composting, and recycling online. If you want an overview of city-provided and partner services, this is the most up to date and accurate information available.
The Compost Manufacturing Alliance sets standards for what can be composted in various facilities. Evanston's Collective Resource Composting now accepts only products that are certified for Windrow Composting (known as CMA-W).
This is the presentation given at the outset of the Waste Less Workshop. It contains some background as well as the questions we used to structure our conversations in the workshop. Put in full screen mode if you want to see the animations correctly.
We are looking for people to lead an initiative to bring (and return) reusable bags at Farmer's Markets in Evanston this season. Volunteer to staff a table and drum up support, so we can reduce plastic waste and encourage.