The Plastic Bag Recycling Act (P.A. 095-0268) became effective on January 1,
2008 and created the Plastic Bag Recycling Task Force. The Task Force is
responsible for developing and implementing a pilot recycling program and is
comprised of retailers, recyclers, a Lake County board member, state
representatives, a state senator, the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County SWALCO),
and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Retailers throughout the county are implementing plastic bag and film
collection programs that facilitate the return and recycling of plastic bags
distributed to consumers by retailers. When the pilot program concludes at the
end of this year, the Task Force will submit a report to the General Assembly
that will address the costs, benefits and challenges of implementing the pilot
program. Ultimately, the findings may be used by the General Assembly to
determine if statewide legislation is warranted.
The program requires the involvement of both retailers and consumers to be
successful. The retailers’ role is to provide an accessible, clearly marked
collection bin for the plastic bags and film. The consumers’ role is to collect
the plastic bags and film and bring it to a convenient location as part of a
regular trip to the store. Please refer to plasticbagrecycling.org and/or PUBLIC ACT 095-0268 for more information regarding this
program and plastic film recycling in general.