Member Spotlight

JT Environmental Consulting has been assisting companies within the waste, e-Waste, Zero waste, recycling and scrap industries for almost 20 years. Their clients are in many different industries and sectors and we share our knowledge and expertise to continually improve environmental, quality, safety and security needs. If your organization is looking to gain or obtain certifications to prove your green practices they can help, with any of the following certifications as well as many others: e-Stewards, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, LEED, RIOS, R2, TRUE, etc.
Clients often need to know where their materials are going, or even where they are coming from. Organizations need a clear understanding of what materials are actually being handled, that they remain safe and secure and are truly being recycled for cradle to cradle sustainability. JT Environmental performs upstream and downstream audits to capture, document and ensure this is completed per best industry practices as well as meeting all legal and regulatory requirements. If your organization is already certified to any of the mentioned standards or even others, JT Environmental has qualified and certified consultants that can perform compliance, data, energy, internal and/or security audits. 
If your organization is not sure of what items can be recycled, where to send such items, or need to streamline current operations, contact JT Environmental. / 888.583.6826

JT Environmental Consulting is proud to sponsor IRF's upcoming Plastics Webinar on Feb 24th.
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URGENT: Membership Renewal Time
We deeply appreciate all of that have already renewed and offer a special thank you to GDB that joined Cardinal Recycling, Helping Hands, and Strategic Materials, to become Benefactors for 2022! Each of our members are important to us and we strive to provide events in service to all sectors. We simply need those that value us and have the ability, to join our Benefactor level. At this level, your logo will be listed on the front page of the IRF website and in each of our monthly newsletters. Your business or organization will be spotlighted in a newsletter and in at least two social media posts (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn) over the year. Plus you will receive all the benefits of a regular membership. For $1,350 you will also be a member of the IRA, our legislatively focused sister organization.

We do our best to keep membership fees affordable. Please note that fees paid to IRF are tax deductible. The ILLINOIS RECYCLING FOUNDATION, created from IRA in 2020, is a 501c3. IRA remains a 501c6 with a focus on legislative issues, following new bills and assisting on initiatives when needed. Together, we make change possible. Click to JOIN/RENEW NOW!
Shout out to GDB International, Inc. for starting 2022 stronger than ever with a new plant in Mount Vernon IL. This facility will produce more premium, eco-friendly paint, advance environmental innovation, and provide local jobs. For more on GDB, visit

ISTC's Technical Assistance Program has funding to provide sustainability assessments to IL food and beverage manufacturers, processors, their suppliers, and supporting industries. These assessments are provided at no cost to the facilities. Find information here.
NWRA's White Paper on the Impact of
Beverage Container Deposit Systems on
Materials Recycling Facility Costs and Revenues.

The study concludes that beverage container deposits raise recycling rates overall while increasing recycling costs and lowering revenues at MRFs. Although deposits do lead to substantially greater recovery overall, they also lead to higher costs and lower revenues at the MRF as high-value materials move to the deposit system and out of the MRF, thereby reducing revenues and making the total throughput smaller.

The research estimates that municipalities will see an increase of approximately $2.50 to $5.00 per household per year in MRF costs, depending on the deposit scenario, and provides an overview of policy tools to address those increased costs. “This study provides useful data demonstrating the impact of beverage container deposit systems on material recovery facilities and shows a need for balance between system and policy,” said Resa Dimino, RRS managing principal. “We need to ensure that municipalities and MRFs are kept whole as higher quality materials are collected and removed from our waste streams and waterways.” Further study is needed to understand the impacts on recycling collection costs and throughput due to density changes not evaluated in this study.

Legislative Update
At the State level, know that this is a very short legislative season and things are moving quickly. Top issues include Environmental Justice (HB 4093) legislation that could impact a variety of solid waste and recycling facilities. Negotiations between many interested parties is occurring to provide more clarity and less impact to desirable operations. Carpet EPR legislation (HB 4356) may have the momentum to pass this session. Paint legislation is momentarily stalled with negotiations on several issues on-going. Packaging legislation created by Rep. Avelar is being worked on but not expected to pass this session. A ban on food service polystyrene is in committee (HB 3067). The EPR bill on Pharmaceuticals (HB1780) to fund medication take-back is poised to pass. A Right-to-Repair effort (HB 3061) is making the rounds. C&D rulemaking hasn't started but is expected to be undertaken in coming months.
A Note from the President, Marta Keane

What better day to share our love of waste reduction, reuse and recycling than Valentine's Day! There was an excellent turnout for the CERA webinar series with the IEPA and several of our electronic recycling members. This was followed up with an invite only glass recycling presentation as we continue to work to address the issues faced by this foundational recyclable item. Next up is a webinar on Plastics featuring speakers with serious concerns about hard-to-recycle plastics and the waste issues degrading, misplaced plastic causes to our environment. The Contamination Task Force and Recycling Professionals groups have both identified batteries as a serious problem for a variety of recyclers. Tune into our webinar in March as we explore several opportunities to educate, collect and recycle batteries of all kinds. Finally, if you haven't renewed or joined yet, please do so to support programs.

In an effort to do more on social media and alter make our website more reflective of our members, we are asking IRF Members to send generic photos of their recycling operations. Pictures can be of office collection, residential drop-off, MRF sorting lines, curbside service, someone placing items in recycle bins, reuse events, compost operations, etc. Please send jpeg/jpg pictures to
Nearly every business member and many government and institutional members have job openings. They are actually too numerous to list, so please visit our Membership Directory and find member's websites to see the jobs currently awaiting interested applicants.
A-Team Recyclers
Aurora Recycling Center (ARC)
Azure Technologies
Bi-State Regional Commission
Tracy Bugh
Cardinal Recycling
Champaign County
Chicago Textile Recycling
Christian County Courthouse
Com2 Recycling Solutions
Paula Cross
Dart Container
Davis Index
Barbara Day
DeKalb County Health Dept
City of Decatur
Diageo Americas Supply
Digital R-E-D
Diversified Recycling
Eco Products
Ecology Action Center
Electronics Recycling Representatives (ERRO)
Elgin Recycling
Fortune Metal
g2 Revolution
GDB International
City of Geneva
Green Zone Recycling
Heartland Recycling-Aurora
Erica Helms
Helping Hands
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
Illinois State University (ISU)
Jackson County
Joliet Junior College
JT Environmental Consulting
Kane County
Land and Lakes
John Lardner
Lewis University
MBL Recycling
Gloria McDonald
McHenry County Dept of Health
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
Midland Davis
Midwest Fiber
MW Recyclers
Mike Nowak
Ogle County
Susan Paus-Gortowski
PCs for People
Resource Management Companies (RMC)
Riverview Materials Inc
Shedd Aquarium
Staver Accident Injury Lawyers PC
Strategic Materials Inc
TAZ Recycling
Waste Box
Will County
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The Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) is pleased to announce the recent publication of a new white paper authored by Moore & Associates entitled The State of Paper Cup Recycling. This comprehensive paper delves into the evolving landscape of paper cup recovery efforts including recycling challenges, technical aspects of material sorting and processing, and end markets utilizing recovered cups.
The white paper also provides a deeper look at the sorting flow of paper cups to specific bales in an MRF, describes the processing aspects of polycoated paper cups, addresses concerns surrounding paper cup recyclability, and contains helpful references, including MRF case studies and lists of end markets and brokers who trade in recovered fiber bales containing paper cups.
The white paper, The State of Paper Cup Recycling, is available for free download on FPI’s website:
FPI will host an hour-long webinar on March 3, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on the increasing acceptance of paper cups as seen from the perspectives of industry representatives along the value chain. For more information on the webinar, visit:
Chicagoland government members and non-members met via IRF Zoom with the Glass Recycling Foundation regarding last year's pilot Restaurant and Tavern Glass Recycling program. The Glass Recycling Foundation is committed to a hub and spoke approach to serving interested glass generators and searching for a dedicated acre in the Will-South Cook area, the DuPage-Kane area and the Lake-North Cook area. They offer service at a low price with funding from several sources that recognize that glass recycling isn't working through many existing service providers. If you are interested, please contact IRF.
A webinar on composting is being offered by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and NEWMOA, on Feb 24. They will discuss end market applications with examples from sites that compost food with other organics.

Startup Turns Nonrecyclable Plastic Into Building Blocks Fit for Construction

2021 Year In Review: Pushing Forward

NATIONAL BOTTLE BILL LIKELY TO LAND IN CONGRESS SOON. Bottle bills are not only a state issue. There is interest at the federal level. Read About It Here

EPR AND BOTTLE BILLS HITTING MANY STATES. Wastedive series touches on the increasing momentum of EPR legislation across the Unites States. Read More Here.

SCHOLARSHIPS: College Research & Education Foundation Offering College Scholarships


MACK TRUCK OFFERS EV SUPPORT: Mack is offering a package of support to make it easier for all those with collection fleets a way to more easily add electric powered vehicles to their operation. Click to read more.

EV BATTERIES BEING RECYCLED WITH LESS TOXICS. Global Battery Solutions has a process to recover the cobalt, nickle aluminum, and lithium with Volvo, Toyota, and General Motors among their clients. Read More Here.

USEPA Announces Appointment of EPA Senior Advisor to Administrator, Environmental Justice


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