For the past three or so years, almost every banana peel, eggshell or orange rind that came out of our household has made its way to one urban worm breeding farm to become compost via our composting service Healthy Soil Compost.
That worm farm is Nature’s Little Recyclers. They take my food waste and turn it into worm castings to be added back to the soil as a rich growing medium, they create local jobs, and save quite literally tons of food waste from landfills.
I owe them a lot.
Unfortunately, as with anyone trying to save the world, a few barriers are standing in their way.
Right now that barrier is the City of Chicago, who is shutting down Nature’s Little Recyclers last location due to lack of a permit and cease-and-desist orders. The laws in this city are not made for small business composters.
So Nature’s Little Recyclers started a petition to tell the Chicago City Council and the mayor to make it easy to compost in the city. Since the petition started 2 weeks ago, it has received over 4,400 signatures.
So if you compost in the city or support updating our laws to accommodate urban composting please sign the petition here.
Learn more about the situation with recent news coverage:
- Forbes: Closing Chicago Composters Will Make The Windy City Less Green
- Block Club Chicago: City Shuts Down Popular Composting Company That Uses Worms To Repair Soil
- WBEZ: Composting Company, First Encouraged By City Of Chicago, Now Facing City Shutdown