About Our Service

We Care About the Environment

Universal Compost's mission is to reduce Chicago’s greenhouse gas footprint.  In the process we will support local businesses to achieve progressive environmental causes that promote food waste recycling and general waste reduction/redirection.  We make composting easy, affordable and accessible, we believe that environmental stewardship is the responsibility of everyone and shouldn’t be a burden to everyday life. 


Universal Compost finishes each project on schedule and with the highest level of quality. With a focus on personalized service, competitive rates and customer satisfaction, we’re always striving to meet and exceed expectations.  Over the years, we’ve learned that great service begins and ends with experienced and friendly professionals, providing the customer with a service that meets their needs.

 
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Biodegradable versus Compostable

Food Composting Services believe

While everything that is compostable is biodegradable, not everything that is biodegradable is compostable.  In food recycling the term “biodegradable” has no time frame attached to it, meaning that if a given material has enough time it will eventually break down, therefore it can be described as biodegradable.  Something is “biodegradable” if it can be disintegrated by bacteria, fungi, or some other biological process. Biodegradation is the process of nature taking its course and breaking down materials to their component parts.


In comparison “compostable” has a time frame attached to it, that time frame is defined by the composter, most would like the material in their facilities to break down in less than 90 days.


When you take organic materials and allow it to decompose this then creates fertilizer. Composting is the process of recycling organic waste so that it can be reused. Compostable products do not always biodegrade in a landfill. They have to be placed in favorable conditions.


Compostable products take much longer to break down if in a “air locked” landfill where there will be no oxygen.  Composting is a faster process, but only under the right conditions.