Member Spotlight on
City of Springfield

In the spring of 2018, the City of Springfield, along with a coalition of diverse local organizations and innovative leaders within the community, worked together to create a reuse, upcycling marketplace envisioned by IRF member Adena Rivas, the City Recycling Coordinator. A grant from the Re-Amp Network turned the original framework concept into reality. The Creative Reuse Marketplace was born as COVID hit but, using online resources, began serving the community. With the assistance of several grants, a Workforce Development Training Program for homeless or underserved women as well as a location where upcycled non-recyclable post-consumer materials such as plastics, school/office supplies, arts and crafts materials, toys, etc. are donated, sorted, displayed, sold and/or redistributed locally was established. Today, the partners include the City of Springfield, Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association (EPNIA), the Springfield Art Association, Inner City Mission, Third Presbyterian Church and Sustainable Springfield, Inc.  As of August 1, 2021, the store accepts donations on Saturdays and is open to the pubic for shopping on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm at122 S 4th Street. Contact the store at
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Scott Cassel, Founder and CEO, Product Stewardship Institute
A renowned leader in the U.S. product stewardship movement, Scott Cassel has over 35 years of experience tackling waste management issues in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He is the founder and CEO of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) which brings diverse stakeholders together to research, develop and implement extended producer responsibility laws.
Susan Collins, President, Container Recycling Institute
Ms. Collins became the President of the Container Recycling Institute in 2009. She leads the Institute’s research projects and works with environmental organizations, businesses, and state and federal governments throughout the United States and around the world to educate the public on the benefits of packaging recycling. Prior to 2009, Ms. Collins was a consultant for 20 years and assisted over 80 public agencies with their solid waste and recycling programs. Ms. Collins served on four CalRecycle advisory groups. Ms. Collins served on the Board of the California Resource Recovery Association for nine years, and has been on the board of the National Recycling Coalition since 2010.
Let Your Voice Be Heard. If you or someone you know would like to serve on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Recycling Foundation, please click here to submit a Nomination Form. This is a chance to become involved and be part of the decision making of this foundation that is the Collective Voice of Recycling for the State of Illinois. The entire Board of Directors, including new members, will be introduced at the 2021 Annual Conference.
Recognize a Deserving Recycling Industry Person or Organization. If you know of someone who deserves special recognition for their work in the recycling industry, click here to submit an Awards Nomination Form. Winner(s) will be announced at the 2021 Annual Conference.
A Note from the President, .
Marta Keane

We are rocketing into the future of recycling and you have a chance to jump on board by registering for the IRF Conference and Annual Meeting at no charge to members! From the comfort of your internet connection you will be updated on market conditions over the past year for traditional curbside recyclables, finished compost, recycled wood chips and more., The Illinois EPA and USEPA will both provide insights into their current work and goals. If you are a fan of solar power, you'll want to learn the latest on recycling options for damaged ones, then make sure your seat belt is fastened for envisioning a bottle bill impact in Illinois along with extended producer responsibility on packaging!
Recycling Is Infrastructure Too

ACTION NEEDED. The NRC, in collaboration with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Zero Waste USA, is urging members and colleagues to join us in building support for the Recycling Is Infrastructure Too Campaign (RIIT). The Campaign’s American Recycling Infrastructure Plan provides key recommendations on Infrastructure bills pending now on Capitol Hill. The great news is that significant recycling support is included in the bipartisan infrastructure bill the Senate approved on August 10. As collaboration increases, additional details are being added to the American Recycling Infrastructure Plan, and support of Congressional Representatives is being sought.

Join your colleagues and contact your
US Congressional Representatives now during the August 2021 recess!

Here is how you can help move this law forward now:

If you have questions about this Campaign, please contact:

USDA offers Food Waste Solutions
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host a virtual roundtable on September 15 (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT) titled Exploring Food Waste Solutions: Success Stories from the U.S. and Beyond, to showcase innovative policies and approaches to reducing food waste in the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom.
“Food loss and waste reduction is an international priority – the United Nations has set a goal to cut food waste in half by 2030 as well as reduce food loss earlier in the supply chain,” said USDA Food Loss and Waste Liaison Jean Buzby. “The United States also has a national goal to reduce food loss and waste by 2030. It’s important to share the work of the people and organizations who are making this goal a reality in their communities.”
Registration is free but required to attend this event. Register online. The roundtable will be recorded and will be available on the USDA website after the event.
Legislative Update

C&D Recyclng
Governor Pritzker signed IRA's C&D bill (SB1089) which immediately addresses the diversion rate required for construction and demolition sites to operate. Working with the IEPA and other concerned parties, the State of Illinois moves the bar forward, encouraging certification of C&D recyclers while also ensuring continued services in this important area of recycling. Legislators attending the July tour of TAZ/MBL Recycling in Palatine were enthusiastic in their support of the economic impact and resource recovery this industry provides.

Awaiting the Governor's Signature - SB805 SCHOOL UNUSED FOOD PROGRAM
Requires school districts to establish a food sharing plan for unused food with a focus on needy students. Provides that each school district shall incorporate the plan into its local wellness policy. Requires the plan to be developed and supported jointly by the district's local health department. Provides that participants in the child nutrition programs, the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) shall adhere to the provisions of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as well as accompanying guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the Food Donation Program, to ensure that any leftover food items are properly donated in order to combat potential food insecurity in their communities. Effective immediately.

Oregon is 2nd State to Pass EPR Law
An article in WasteAdvantage Magazine’s August issue states that Oregon is the nation’s second state (Maine is the first) to pass a law requiring producers of consumer brand packaging, paper products and food service ware to share responsibility for supporting effective recycling programs across the state. Under this extended producer responsibility (EPR) law, brand owners selling packaging, paper products and food service ware will join stewardship organizations and pay fees to support improving and expanding recycling programs and infrastructure statewide. It requires Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality to conduct regular studies on access to recycling and enacting new permitting and certification requirements for processors. For details see; or

Exciting news about composting!

  • Read about the proposed act here.

  • Write to your legislators to support it here
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C&D Recycling Event 7/29/2021

Many thanks to all who attended the C&D Recycling tour at IRF/IRA member TAZ/MBL Recycling's facility in Palatine on July 29th. We are especially grateful to all the State legislators that demonstrated their support of the positive economic and environmental impacts our Construction and Demolition recycling industry makes in our state and beyond. Legislators attending were: Senator Laura Fine, Senator Julie Morrison, Representative Daniel Didech, Representative Robyn Gabel, Representative Joyce Mason, Representative David Welter.
Ron Tazelaar, IRA President & TAZ/MBL President; State Rep Joyce Mason; State Senator Laura Fine
Marta Keane, IRF President; Jen Waling, IEC Executive Director; Julie Morrison, Illinois State Senator; Robyn Gabel, Illinois State Representative
C&D Recycling in Action
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