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Illinois Plastic Bag Recycling Bill Awaits Governor’s DecisionIllinois Plastic Bag Recycling Bill Awaits Governor’s Decision

Allan Gerlat

June 15, 2012

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Illinois Plastic Bag Recycling Bill Awaits Governor’s Decision

Illinois’ legislature has passed a bill that rather than banning plastic carryout bags would require manufacturers to develop a collection and recycling plan for the bags.

Senate Bill 3442, sponsored by Sens. Terry Link and John Millner, now awaits a decision by Gov. Pat Quinn, according to the Illinois General Assembly website.

Under the bill, makers of plastic carryout bags would have to register with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and submit to the agency a plan for the collection and recycling of the bags and plastic film product wrap. The act would also create penalties for violations.

 In addition, the state would encourage manufacturers to include recycled content in the plastic carryout bags they produce.



About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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