The city of Highland Park, Ill., in a partnership with the Chicago-based Veolia, the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, Glad and Orbis, will begin the program Aug. 2 with Veolia’s northeast collection quadrant, which includes about 2,500 eligible households.
The first 125 participating residents will receive a 33-gallon Veolia cart at no charge, an under-sink collection bucket from Orbis and a box of compostable bags for food scraps from Glad. Veolia will collect food waste curbside once a week and transport it to Nu-Earth Organics in Waukegan, Ill., for composting, the city said in a news release.
The total cost of the program is $40 per participating residence. The program will run through Nov. 29, at which time the city will evaluate its effectiveness.