Legislative Updates (as of February 3, 2023)

ILCSWMA provides periodic updates to our members throughout the Illinois legislative session on bills of potential interest. Below is a list of such bills as filed to date. Click on the links to see details listed on the Illinois General Assembly website. This list will be updated and sent via email as needed.

SB0052 Compost Awareness Week (Sen. Laura Fine)
Amends the State Commemorative Dates Act. Provides that the first full week of May is designated as Compost Awareness Week to be observed throughout the State as a week to recognize the importance of composting and the use of compost in growing healthier food, supporting healthier soils, creating a more sustainable world, and to promote all relevant activities connected to the annual theme of International Compost Awareness Week.

SB0058 Degradable Plastic-Single Use (Sen. Laura Fine)
Amends the Degradable Plastic Act. Provides that, on or before July 1, 2025, each State agency shall establish and implement a plan to reduce the quantity of single-use plastics used or purchased by that State agency by 50% on or before 2031 and by 75% on or before 2036. Exempts specified single-use plastics from the provisions. Provides that on or before May 1, 2026, and on or before May 1 of each year thereafter, each State agency shall deliver to the Department of Central Management Services a status report on its single-use plastics reduction efforts. Requires the Department to compile a report with specified information and submit it to the General Assembly and the public. Provides that each State agency must post specified information on its website. Exempts State agencies that ban their own use or purchase of single-use plastics from the requirements. Defines "single-use plastic" \and "State agency." Contains other provisions.

SB0066 Truth in Recycling Act (Sen. Laura Fine)
Creates the Truth in Recycling Act. Provides that a person who represents in advertising or on the label
or container of a consumer good manufactured or distributed by the person that the consumer good is not harmful to or is beneficial to the natural environment through the use of specified environmental terms, through the use of a chasing arrows symbol, or by otherwise directing a consumer to recycle the consumer good shall maintain in written form in the person's records specified information and documentation supporting the validity of the representation. Requires the information and documentation to be furnished to any member of the public upon request. Provides that a rigid plastic bottle or rigid plastic container sold in the State shall be labeled with a code meeting specified requirements and that indicates the resin used to produce the rigid plastic bottle or rigid plastic container. Contains provisions regarding deceptive or misleading claims about the recyclability of a product or packaging. Contains other provisions. Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Authorizes moneys in the Solid Waste Management Fund to be used by the Environmental Protection Agency to administer the Truth in Recycling Act. Amends the Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act. Repeals a provision regarding coding for single use plastic bottles and other single use rigid plastic containers with specified capacities.

SB0085 Beverage Container Refund (Sen. Laura M. Murphy)
Creates the State Beverage Container Recycling Refunds Act. Establishes the Distributor and Importer Responsibility Organization to implement a beverage container recycling redemption refund program to issue redemption refunds to consumers for beverage containers. Provides avenues for redeeming refunds under the Act. Contains labeling requirements. Sets forth performance targets for the Organization. Contains reporting requirements. Requires the Organization to establish an Operations Advisory Committee and an Equity and Access Advisory Committee. Contains provisions concerning reimbursement, enforcement, and administration and other provisions

SB0088 EPA-PFAS Consumer Protection (Sen. Laura Fine)
Provides that the amendatory Act may be referred to as the Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Chemicals Consumer Protection Law. Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. In provisions regarding
environmentally preferable procurement, includes products that do not contain intentionally added PFAS chemicals in the definitions of "environmentally preferable supplies" and "environmentally preferable services." Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that on and after specified dates, no person shall sell, offer for sale, distribute for sale, or distribute for use in the State specified products that contain intentionally added PFAS chemicals. Provides that on and after January 1, 2025, a PFAS manufacturer of cookware sold in the State that contains intentionally added PFAS chemicals in the handle of the product or in any product surface that comes into contact with food, foodstuffs, or beverages shall list the presence of PFAS chemicals on the product label and comply with other specified requirements. Contains exemptions from the requirements for specified cookware. On and after January 1, 2025, prohibits manufacturers from making a claim on cookware packaging that the cookware is free of any PFAS chemical, unless no individual PFAS chemical is intentionally added to the cookware. Contains notification requirements. Contains other provisions.

SB0147 Paint Stewardship Act (Sen Linda Holmes)
Creates the Paint Stewardship Act. Contains the findings of the General Assembly. Provides that
manufacturers of architectural paint sold at retail in the State or representative organizations shall submit to the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency a plan for the establishment of a post-consumer paint stewardship program. Requires the program to meet specified requirements. Provides that manufacturers or retailers shall not sell or offer for sale architectural paint to any person in the State unless the manufacturer of a paint brand or representative organization is implementing an approved paint stewardship plan. Prohibits the incineration of leftover architectural paint collected pursuant to an approved paint stewardship plan. Provides that manufacturers or representative organizations shall submit reports with specified requirements. Provides that manufacturers or representative organizations participating in a post-consumer paint stewardship program shall not be liable for any claim of a violation of antitrust, restraint of trade, unfair trade practice, or other anticompetitive conduct arising from conduct undertaken in accordance with the program. Provides for administrative and oversight fees to be paid to the Agency. Provides that manufacturers or representative organizations shall implement the post-consumer paint collection plan within 6 months of the date that the program plan is approved. Contains provisions regarding post-consumer paint from households and small businesses. Contains other provisions.

HB1370 Solid Waste Event Facilities (Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II)
Provides that the amendatory Act may be referred to as the Large Event Waste Law. Amends the Solid
Waste Planning and Recycling Act. Provides that, on and after January 1, 2025, an owner or operator of
an event facility that has a maximum legal capacity or occupancy of at least 3,000 persons and that receives funding from the State of Illinois shall participate in the recycling program established by the county in which the event facility is located and shall send recyclable materials to a recycling center.
Defines "event facility."

Other bills that we are watching for possible introduction in the Spring session include:

  • Extended producer responsibility for packaging and paper products
  • Styrofoam ban
  • Plastic bag ban
  • Repeal of PA 101-0141 chemical recycling pilot
  • Balloon Release Ban
  • Compost incentives for farms
  • Methane emissions from landfills