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Composting Ordinance

In June 2007, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance regulating small-scale compost operations, such as those found in residential backyards. Small-scale compost operations, as defined by the ordinance, are exempt from City permit requirements. The ordinance, however, requires that these compost operations are well-managed.

Below, you will find the ordinance, Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation regulations pertaining to the ordinance, and the application for an expansion request as provided by the ordinance and regulations.

Mail your completed Application for Increases in Size Limitations form to:

Attn: Recycling Coordinator
Department of Streets and Sanitation
121 N. LaSalle, Room 700
Chicago, IL 60602