Member Spotlight
Thank you to ERRO, URT & MW Recyclers for sponsoring the
CERA Webinar Series hosted by IRF, ILCSWMA & IEPA
ERRO (Electronics Recycling Representative Organization)

The Electronics Recycling Representative Organization (ERRO) is a non-profit formed in 2014 that promotes responsible electronic waste recycling, researches electronic waste recycling legislative policy options, and where appropriate provides electronics manufacturers and electronic waste recycling programs the opportunity to operate or participate in electronic waste recycling
programs under specific state laws.
MW Recyclers

MW Recyclers provides compliant, cost effective solutions to help dispose of unwanted business electronics. Services include but are not limited to: strategic e-waste disposal complete with state of the art data destruction capabilities, IT asset management, report creation and more. MW Recyclers presents these solutions as bundled or stand-alone services. Luke Fikejs is the founder, co-owner & CEO of MW Recyclers. Luke has 25 years experience in the recycling and waste management industry and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Recycling Foundation. Luke has been serving small, medium and enterprise-level businesses throughout his career.
Members of the Illinois Recycling Association enjoy the benefit of spotlighting their Business, Government, Educational Institution or Non-Profit entity in a future Newsletter. If you would like to be featured, please send an email to
Part 2 for Electronics Recyclers
HOSTING Webinar Series
on CERA (Consumer Electronics Recycling Act)

Part 1
Completed - 1/11/2022 Government Focus

Part 2
Tuesday 1/18/2022 Collector Focus

Includes explanation of the State Law, how the Clearinghouse functions, how various local governments work with local recyclers to participate in the Illinois Residential Program.

If you are a commercial electronics recycler wishing to learn how to assist counties, municipalities or clients with residential electronic recycling, save this date!.

Sunday, January 16 9am for the Mike Nowak Show with Peggy Malecki
In our December newsletter, we previewed a January event that holds interest for recyclers, environmental justice advocates, and folks who are just looking for unusual entertainment. The Plastic Bag Store is coming to Chicago as part of the 4th Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. The Plastic Bag Store, is an installation on the ground level storefront of the Wrigley Building at 410 N. Michigan Avenue, viewable January 20 through January 30. It is the brainchild of award-winning artist Robin Frohardt and first appeared in the heart of New York’s Times Square during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It was named to the NY Times Best of 2020 Theater list. Described as a “tragi-comic ode to the foreverness of plastic,” the installation raises important questions about our addiction to plastics and our responsibility to future generations to find solutions now.
Those are the kinds of issues that will be raised when artist Robin Frohardt visits The Mike Nowak Show with Peggy Malecki on Sunday, January 16 at 9:00am. FYI: Mike is on the board of the IRF and he invited IRF President Marta Keane to join the discussion on the challenges of single-use plastics and where recycling fits into possible solutions.The show streams live at, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Videos are available after the live stream on all of the above sites.
Membership Renewal Time
Thank you to all the members who have already renewed and a special thank you to Cardinal Recycling, Helping Hands, and Strategic Materials, the first three members to become Benefactors for 2022! Each of our members are important to us but to continue to provide the programing requested, we need to 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 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.


A year of acquisitions, driver pay increases during a labor shortage, a 50% diversion goal from the USEPA by 2030 & more in Waste Dive.

A Note from the President, Marta Keane

Happy New Year! We are keeping a steady pace of information flowing to you from the excellent webinar on the challenges of compostable utensils and single-use foodware to highlighting a plastic waste inspired art show in Chicago opening Jan 20 and being featured this Sunday on Board Member Mike Nowak's weekly program. We just held the first of the two-part Residential Electronics Recycling webinars and next week is the second, tailored to our electronic recycling members and local governments working to offer service under the State opt-in law. Next month we are working on a Plastic recycling webinar and in March we are going to talk about Batteries!

Of course, we appreciate your participation and I encourage you to join or renew your membership today. This is our annual membership drive time and we offer options to fit your interests and wallet!

Kudos to Illinois State University Office of Sustainability for their campus compost kiosks, available to all ISU students, faculty & staff!

Legislative Update

Illinois Session Underway
This year the Legislative session is going to be fast and short. We are told controversial bills are not likely to get far. It is an election year and, due to the census, new districts have been drawn, adding pressure for legislators to be home working in their districts and reducing the time needed to negotiate through conflicts.
2022 Key Session Deadlines:
January 7: Deadline - Senate LRB Requests
January 14: Deadline - House LRB Requests
January 21: Deadline - Introduction of Substantive Senate Bills
January 28: Deadline - Introduction of Substantive House Bills
February 2: Governor’s State of the State/Budget Address
February 10: Deadline - Substantive Senate Bills out of Committee
February 18: Deadline - Substantive House Bills out of Committee
February 25: Deadline - Third Reading Substantive Senate Bills
March 4: Deadline - Third Reading Substantive House Bills
March 25: Deadline - Committee deadline for bills in opposite Chamber
April 1: Deadline - Third Reading deadline for bills in opposite Chamber
April 8: Adjournment 

IRA will be watching for bills that may impact the recycling industry, in both positive and negative manners. Should a bill arise that is a concern or that needs support, a notice may be sent to members of IRA. IRF members are generally made aware of issues through the newsletter which may not be in time for action. This is because IRF is an educational organization and not directly involved in bills.

Chicago enacts Single-Use Foodware Ordinance
On January 18 Chicago restaurants will cease to automatically provide single-use foodware, It must be requested or may be offered at a self-service stations. This ordinance was designed to reduce single-use plastic and may result in savings for restaurants.

New Jersey passes Recycled Content Bill This legislation is awaiting the governor's signature but, if signed, will require post-consumer content in plastic containers and bags as well as glass bottles and paper bags.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company unveiled a demonstration tire made using 70 percent sustainable-material content, including soy bean oil, rice husks and plastic recycled from old bottles.
K-Cups by Keurig not considered recyclable
Canada stops the K-cup recycling claim! Resource Recycling reported that a disclaimer is already on the company website and fines will be paid. Just because something is recyclable in a lab environment does not make recoverable in a MRF.
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
Bi-State Regional Commission
Cardinal Recycling
Champaign County
Chicago Textile Recycling
Christian County Courthouse
Com2 Recycling Solutions
Dart Container
Barbara Day
DeKalb County Health Dept
City of Decatur
Diageo Americas Supply
Digital R-E-D
Diversified Recycling
Eco Products
Ecology Action Center
Elgin Recycllng
Fortune Metal
GDB International
City of Geneva
Green Zone Recycling
Helping Hands
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
Jackson County
Kane County
Land and Lakes
John Lardner
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
Midland Davis
Mike Nowak
Ogle County
Susan Paus-Gortowski
PCs for People
Resource Management Companies (RMC)
Shedd Aquarium
Strategic Materials Inc
Will County
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