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Policy Summary

Uncodified ordinance amending city nuisance law to allow small-scale composting (at homes, for example) to operate without specific permits under certain conditions, such as size restrictions, rat control, and moisture standards.

Background Information

State Illinois
Jurisdiction Name Chicago
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Surplus

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
No

Environmental goal?
Yes

Diverting waste from landfills and creating nutritive soil amendments (page 1)

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"to promote responsible composting as a means of diverting waste from landfills and creating nutritive soil" (page 1)

Includes definitions?
Yes

Sec. 7-28-710(b)

Addresses implementation?
No

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

Fine or penalty and three times the amount of all costs incurred by the city (Sec. 7-28-710(a)); also punishable by penalty pursuant to Section 7-28-800 (Sec. 7-28-715(6))

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

"Uncodified ordinance amending Chapter 7-28 of the Municipal Code of Chicago; 7-28-710 to add a new subsection (b) and adding a new section 7-28-715. These provisions have been amended again; the current codified versions of the law can be found at: http://library.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Illinois/chicago_il/title7healthandsafety/chapter7-28healthnuisances?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:chicago_il$anc=JD_7-28-715"