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Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's (ISTC) staff of engineers and scientists provides a variety of cost-effective, sustainable material management services.

ISTC helps organizations achieve zero waste at every step by being a resource for innovative disposal and reuse of materials. ISTC provides information and technical assistance that helps organizations improve their environmental footprint. We conduct waste audits and assist with materials management planning, supply chain optimization, and stakeholder engagement.

ISTC’s strategic areas of focus for technical assistance for the Zero Waste Illinois program include:

 
 
  • Zero waste manufacturing facilities
  • Food waste reduction and diversion assistance
  • Large community solid waste and recycling planning assistance
  • Municipal recycling program development, expansion and evaluation
  • Material diversion and resource recovery.
Comprehensive Waste Audits

Design and help implement site specific waste audits ranging in scope from individual buildings to large communities. By analyzing both material inputs and outputs within a facility, we identify more opportunities to help your organization achieve Zero Waste.

Enhanced Materials Management Planning

Help clients to identify gaps in and opportunities to improve existing waste management processes. Additionally, we can offer solutions for site-specific constraints that prevent greater waste diversion.

Composting/Anaerobic Digestion Assistance

Conduct business outreach and research to support food waste reduction and diversion efforts. We assist clients with setting up successful compost programs by conducting waste stream assessments, designing signage, and training employees. We are also researching a growing number of food scrap technology options, including aerobic and anaerobic digestion, and in-vessel composting.

Stakeholder Engagement

Partner with employees, students, and communities to improve existing waste reduction programs through education and training. We provide advice on communication strategies that lead to lasting behavior change.

Recent Successes

See how our team of professionals might help you.  Please visit our website to view our recent success stories.  Click here now!

To see how we can help you best, sign up for a free site visit at www.istc.illinois.edu/sitevisit.

There is no obligation on your part, and may open opportunities to achieve greater sustainability within your organization. Have questions? Contact us at istc-zerowaste@illinois.edu.