Recycling Sea of Change: Illinois Developing Consensus on Items ‘Accepted’ or ‘Not Accepted’

Recycling Sea Change: Illinois Developing Consensus on Items ‘Accepted’ or ‘Not Accepted’

  • Editor’s Note: This article, written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland, is the second of a three-part series on China’s National Sword legislation and its effects on recycling programs in Kane County. Got questions or concerns? Contact Jarland at at 630-208-3841 or recycle@countyofkane.org.

The impacts of China’s National Sword legislation and the shifting world of recycling have yet to hit Illinois in force, but to be sure, they are coming.

In response, a group of statewide stakeholders and experts have been convened into a Recycling Contamination Task Force, which includes representation from Illinois associations, agencies, haulers, Materials Recovery Facility operators, and county program coordinators.

I am a member of the task force, serving in my capacity as a board member of the Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association.

At our most recent meeting, the task force reviewed a detailed list of recyclable materials and arrived at consensus concerning which items would be “accepted” or “not accepted” for recycling statewide, with a couple of items being “accepted in some areas.”

The list looks nearly identical to the existing Kane County Recycling Guidelines.