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Illinois Bag Recycling Bill Fails Veto OverrideIllinois Bag Recycling Bill Fails Veto Override

Allan Gerlat

November 30, 2012

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Illinois Bag Recycling Bill Fails Veto Override

Illinois’ state senate failed to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of the state’s proposed plastic bag bill that would have required manufacturers to develop a collection and recycling plan for the bags.

The senate approved the override by a 24-23 vote, but it needed 36 votes, or a three-fifths majority, according to the Illinois general assembly website.

In August the Democratic governor vetoed Senate Bill 3442, sponsored by Sens. Terry Link and John Millner. He said in a news release that it would have kept individual communities from developing their own solutions to plastic bag litter. The governor characterized the bill as more restrictive on municipalities than any other plastic bag regulation in the country.

“While well-intentioned, this legislation is a roadblock to innovation that would do little to boost recycling in Illinois. We can do better," Quinn said.

The bill was opposed by the Illinois Municipal League and 150 municipalities that viewed it as undermining home rule.

Quinn said he would work with communities, businesses and environmental advocates to pass a better bill to increase recycling.

Under the vetoed bill, which passed the state legislature in June, makers of plastic carryout bags would have had 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 have created penalties for violations.

 In addition, the state would have encouraged manufacturers to include recycled content in the plastic carryout bags they produce. It would have outlawed the purchase of plastic bags from non-registered manufacturers and prohibited municipalities from enacting their own recycling programs or bans for plastic bags.


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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