Thu January 8, 2015

On Jan. 1 the Task Force on the Advancement of Material Recycling submitted their report to outgoing Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and the 98th General Assembly. The 21-member task force, created as a result of legislation signed into law in 2012, reviewed the status of recycling and solid waste management planning in the state and provided recommendations for expanding waste reduction, recycling, reuse and composting in a manner protective of the environment as well as public health and safety while promoting economic development.

Six key issues reviewed by the task force included:

  • County recycling and waste management planning.
  • Current and potential policies and initiatives in Illinois for waste reduction, recycling, composting and reuse.
  • Funding for State and local oversight and regulation of solid waste activities.
  • Funding for State and local support of projects that advance solid waste reduction, recycling, reuse and composting efforts; and the proper management of household hazardous waste.
  • Evaluating the extent to which materials with economic value are lost to landfilling and recommending ways to maximize the productive use of waste materials through efforts such as materials recycling and composting.

Recommendations approved for further consideration included:

  • Revision of the Illinois Solid Waste Management Hierarchy to include composting.
  • More purchasing by the state of environmentally preferable products and supplies.
  • Labeling clarifications.
  • Amending the state law to authorize the development of a statewide Illinois Resource Master Plan.
  • Amending state law to establish a more convenient statewide household hazardous waste collection system.
  • More purchasing by the state of products and material generated by construction and demolition debris recyclers.
  • Temporary drop-off sites for organics, anaerobic digestion defined permitting and tiered compost regulations.

A full copy of the report can be found here.


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