Illinois Recycling: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act, 415 Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 15/1 to 15/12

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Degradable Plastic Act, 415 ILCS 80/1 to 80/5

Plastic Bag Recycling Act, 415 ILCS 82/1 to 82/90

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program Act, 415 ILCS 90/1 to 90/150

Recycled Newsprint Use Act, 415 ILCS 110/2001 to 110/2013

Hazardous waste recycling: 35 Illinois Administrative Code (IAC) 721.106


Automobile switches: 415 ILCS 97/1 to 97/99

Thermostats: 415 ILCS 98/15 to 98/99

Electronics: Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act, 415 ILCS 150/1 to 150/95

Manufacturer responsibilities: 415 ILCS 150/15, 415 ILCS 150/30, and 415 ILCS 150/80

Retailer responsibilities: 415 ILCS 150/40

Nonhazardous waste recycling:

Waste management plans: 415 ILCS 15/4

Plastics coding: 415 ILCS 15/10

Plastic beverage cans: 415 ILCS 15/10.1

Composting: 415 ILCS 15/9

Regulatory Agency

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Bureau of Land Division of Land Pollution Control Waste Reduction and Compliance Section

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Illinois has its own solid (nonhazardous) waste recycling rules. They include requirements for waste management plans, plastics coding, and plastic beverage cans. The hazardous waste recycling rules in Illinois generally follow the federal requirements with additional requirements related to mercury contained in automobile switches and thermostats.

Illinois has a comprehensive electronics take-back legislation with the enactment of the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act.

Administration and enforcement. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) administers and enforces the hazardous and ...

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