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Noland passes legislation to support composting

noland-compostSPRINGFIELD – Today the Senate approved a measure to extend a program which allows food scraps to be brought to landscape waste transfer stations for composting.  

The USEPA estimates that less than 5 percent of food scraps are actually being composted. “This measure increases composting while lowering its cost,” said State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin). “It is fitting on this Earth Day 2015 that we demonstrate our commitment to the notion that we must consider the Earth not so much as something we have inherited from our parents but as something we are to pass on to our children.”

The original proposal to create the pilot program passed the General Assembly in 2013. “Extension of this program will divert hundreds of tons of food scraps from landfills to create a valuable soil amendment,” said Jen Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council.  

The proposal passed the Senate with a vote of 52-0-0 and will now be sent to the House.

Sen. Michael Noland

22nd Senate District

Years served:
2007 - 2017

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Criminal Law (Chairperson); Education; Judiciary; Revenue (Vice-Chairperson); Committee of the Whole; Committee on Restorative Justice. (99th G.A.)

Biography: Bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of Illinois Chicago; law degree from John Marshall Law School. Served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy at Great Lakes Naval Hospital. Community volunteer with local organizations protecting the environment and assisting the homeless. Resides in Elgin with his wife, Veronica, and their two children.