Cullerton bill would explore benefits of composting
State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-IL) has sponsored a new bill that would require state agencies responsible for public land to examine policies to determine if composting materials would reduce storm water run-off and improve the quality of land.
“Composting is an effective method to stop pollution, cut costs and clean up contamination,” Cullerton said. “It’s our duty to continue to look for methods to protect Illinois’ ecosystem. Every small step we take makes a huge difference for generations to come.”
Based on Environmental Protection Agency data, composting enriches soil, cleans up contamination and prevents pollution. The economic benefits include reducing the need for water, fertilizer and pesticides. The Composting Council reports that if all U.S. residents composted their food waste, the impact would equate to the removal of 7.8 million cars from the roads.
“If we want to ensure our children have clean water, air and ecologically safe spaces to be active, then we need to continue to look for ways to be more environmentally savvy in Illinois,” Cullerton said.