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Community Composting

Turning trash into treasure since 1990, Midwest Fiber Recycling is Central Illinois' leader in full-service recycling options, including composting! We service schools, restaurants, and businesses in Bloomington/ Normal. The composting we collect breaks down food waste, leaves, and manure into an effective and potent fertilizer that will be used to beautify our community landscape. If you are interested in participating in our Community Composting program, call 309-452-0064. To view our Community Compost partners, click here.


What is composting?

Often described as nature's recycling, composting breaks down food waste, paper, leaves and manure into an effective and potent fertilizer that will be used to beautify our community landscape.

Why Compost?


Businesses contribute 75% of all landfill waste. Food scraps and yard waste make up about one-third of that total. In addition, rotting food in landfills produces methane gas—20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide! Removing these items from landfills reduces greenhouse gas emissions and landfill space while benefiting local beautification efforts from Illinois State University, as well as local landscapers. It's a win-win partnership!

How it Works

Step 1

Food scraps are collected.

Step 2

Midwest Fiber Recycling picks up the material and delivers it to the Illinois State University Farm.

Step 3
Farm employees and ISU students mix the compostable waste with livestock manure, leaves, and yard waste from the campus and community.

Step 4
The mixture is then laid out in rows where it ages into a potent fertilizer used by the university and available for purchase by commercial landscaping companies.


Who Can Participate?

Any school, restaurant, or business with food scraps in Bloomington/ Normal can make an impact by participating! For more information or to join the Community Composting program, call Midwest Fiber Recycling at 309.452.0064.


Best Practices and Emerging Solutions ToolKit

In the spring of 2013, Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association, and the National Restaurant Association embarked on a group project to outline strategies that keep food out of landfills, and reduce food waste at the source.


Click here to access the toolkit.



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