Urban farmers urge city to update compost law

Urban farmers urge city to update compost law

Once a week, Alex Poltorak roams the alleyways of Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood hunting for white buckets stashed here and there crammed with banana peels, avocado shells, bits of onions and other colorful vegetable scraps from his customers' kitchens.

In turn, Poltorak deposits at his stops a fresh six-gallon bucket with beige flakes. He gets the chaff from a local coffee roaster. "It helps with the compost smell," he explained.

Formed in November, the Andersonville Community Compost program has attracted some 70 residents who pay $5 per week for Poltorak to pick up their scraps. He hauls the kitchen refuse in his beat-up delivery van to an urban farm in...