Member Spotlight on
PCs for People

Social entrepreneurship and inclusion are hallmarks of IRF's newest member. Founded in 1998, PCs for People is a national leader in digital inclusion. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, every project, program and initiative at PCs for People is centered on getting low-cost computers and affordable broadband internet into the homes of low-income individuals. Through an unwavering commitment to the communities they serve, they have provided 155,000 people with home computers, connected 165,000 people to low-cost internet, and recycled over 8 million pounds of electronics. Digital inclusion efforts such as this are essential in today’s society where it is increasingly hard to access education, healthcare or employment opportunities without access to a computer and the internet. Their model is a self-sustainable social enterprise centered on building community value in every part of their program.

PCs for People’s model contributes to environmental sustainability by intercepting usable computers
before they reach landfills and refurbishing them for reuse. Businesses typically retire computers long
before their usable life is over and this has contributed to America becoming the largest producer of
electronic waste in the world. Their environmental certifications ensure that all electronic waste they
cannot reuse is recycled sustainably with zero-landfill impact. In creating their recycling workforce, they
have built an award-winning partnership with MSS (formerly Midwest Special Services), a nonprofit that
supports adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to help them reach their personal goals and
achieve their full potential. MSS clients are provided hands-on experience through work training,
internship and volunteer opportunities within our electronic waste recycling processes.

For more information, please visit their website or view their contact info on our Membership page.
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A Note from the President
Summer is here and it is time to celebrate. Businesses are reopening, people are vaccinated and beginning to gather together again. Chicagoland is in the midst of an 8-week glass recycling program for bars and restaurants thanks to Corona! Our C&D Recyclers are pleased with the legislation that passed and the Material Management Advisory Committee is putting the finishing touches on their recommendations for our state's next steps forward. The best news, of course, is our first in-person event will be held on July 29 and is a tour with a presentation. We are checking all the boxes to make the most of 2021! Thanks for being here and I can't wait to see you at our next event.
Marta Keane
Glass Recycling Foundation to Partner with Constellation Brands for Chicago Glass Recycling Pilot & Outreach

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! Put this photo in your social media and list some of the bars and restaurants participating!

Although glass is endlessly recyclable, too many bottles never make it to the recycling bin and end up wasted in landfills. Recycling is one of the top actions we can take to simultaneously improve the environment, economy and sustainable manufacturing. And in turn, prevent waste from going into oceans and onto beaches

Corona is doing its part to help preserve the environment and protect our beaches by partnering with the Glass Recycling Foundation (GRF) to deliver the Protect Our Beaches glass recycling initiative. The Glass Recycling Foundation will help to kick off a pilot program to recycle glass bottles at Chicago-based bars and restaurants, including an interactive experience that sheds light on the need for glass recycling and helps crush the problem by turning empty bottles into sand. So in addition to recycling tons of glass, this initiative will also create a much-needed resource that will be used to make new bottles in a more eco-friendly way.

This program kicked off June 11 and we are offering a link to see the upcoming locations on our website. Let your friends and social media contacts know they can support glass this unique Corona recycling experience at the following bars throughout the Chicagoland area. The June 11th & 12th dates were a great success. Here are more dates. When more dates are added they will be posted here.

Friday, June 18
  • Legends Woodridge – 6320 IL-53, Woodridge IL
  • JT’s Porch – 665 W Roosevelt Rd, Lombard IL
  • Q Bar – 8109 S Cass Ave, Darien IL
Saturday, June 19
  • Crazy Pour – 105 E N Ave, Villa Park IL
  • Fitz’s Pub – 172 N Addison Ave, Elmhurst IL
  • DeMitos Saloon – 335 E Kenilworth Ave, Villa Park IL
Friday, July 9
  • Docks, 313 E Liberty St, Wauconda IL - 3PM-5PM
  • Crossroads Ivanhoe, 2000000000915 Park Ave, Mundelein IL - 6PM-8PM
  • Emil's Center St, 161 Center St, Grayslake IL - 9PM-11PM
Saturday, July 10
  • Blarney Island (Port of Blarney), 27843 W Grass Lake Rd, Antioch IL 1PM-3PM
  • Sandbar, 40870 N Douglas Ave, Antioch IL - 4PM-6PM
  • Anastasias, 950 Hillside Ave, Antioch IL - 7PM-9PM
Friday, July 16
  • PB&J, 205 N Peoria St, Chicago IL - 3PM-5PM
  • Azul, 1177 N Elston Ave, Chicago IL 6PM-8PM
  • Reggie's, 2105 S State St, Chicago IL - 9PM-11PM
Saturday, July 17
  • Old Crow, 3506 Chicago IL - 1PM-3PM
  • Roscoe's, 3356 N Halsted, Chicago IL - 4PM-6PM
  • Sluggers, 3540 N Clark, Chicago IL - 7PM-9PM
Friday July 23
  • Miller's Ale House, 4474 N Harlem Ave, Norridge IL - 3PM-5PM
  • Firewater, 6689 N Oliphant Ave, Chicago IL - 6PM-9PM
  • Edison Park Inn, 6715 N Olmstead Ave, Chicago IL - 9PM-11PM

GRF recognizes that there are many ways to use recycled glass and beach restoration is one of them. In addition, bottles can become new bottles, fiberglass, construction aggregate, sandblasting and more. #DontTrashGlass
Legislative Update

We are delighted to report that on May 30th the Senate concurred with the House amendment to SB1089, the IRA's C&D recycling bill. Thanks to IRA's lobbyist, Chris Nybo, the IEPA's feedback, and a dash of compromise from all the stakeholders; the bill passed the legislature (one day before they adjourned) and has been sent to Gov. Pritzker for his signature. Want to learn more about this legislation and why the C&D recyclers needed it? Plan to attend our first in-person event, a tour of a C&D Recycling facility on July 29th.

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The Illinois Recycling Foundation recognizes that we have members with different needs. We want to do more to address their concerns with targeted meetings on specific topics. Please consider joining one of these committees today to be part of discussion. Email us at with your committee interest.
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We also welcome members to join our Communications Committee, Conference Committee, Events Committee and Grants Committee. Full committee descriptions are available here.

The National Recycling Coalition sends a monthly newsletter to all IRF members. If you haven't received one, please contact IRF and it will be corrected. For many years NRC has focused on national recycling issues, they began the national celebration of America Recycles Day and later sold it to Keep America Beautiful due to financial issues. It was at this time they ceased offering the National Recycling Congress. Resource Recycling folded the NRC annual meeting into their conference but this year, NRC is reconstituting the National Recycling Congress in partnership with the New York Recycling Association. It will be two days in November and held virtually. In December they will also offer another Zero Waste Conference, which was a huge success last year. The Board is working on a new NRC Strategic Plan, possible new financial agreements with affiliate state organizations and more. Most importantly, they are working to have recycling infrastructure recognized as a national infrastructure priority. Please sign on by clicking this link, where you can read the petition.

IRF Member, Kane County, is opening a third permanent Recycling Center - this one in Aurora - for electronics (fee for TVs), non-freon appliances, clothing, and scrap metal. This last edition means residents have access to convenient electronics recycling across the county by having a Recycling Center in the Southern (Aurora), Central (Batavia), and Northern (West Dundee) regions of Kane County. Click here for a full list of locations and hours.
The Illinois Recycling Foundation website frequently contains job postings submitted by IRF members. Take a look!

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RRS helps Lakeland FL decrease contamination, reduce processing costs & engage residents around recycling in lasting ways.

Extended Producer Responsibility. Ontario has unveiled the final details of its sweeping plan to hand over its entire blue box recycling system – and all of its costs – to the industries that produce the waste. But the new system includes lower diversion targets for paper and plastic than initially proposed./

City of Edwardsville Implements Single Use Bag Fee Delayed due to COVID the City of Edwardsville, in Madison County and looking forward to reducing single use plastic by implementing a fee for bags.

Carton Council Short Series. Announcing the first Carton Council Short taking place June 22nd at 11:30pm CT. The first short will feature Carton Council representative Kris Kaar and will take a look at where residents get their information on recycling and the importance of providing accurate and up to date information. We will cover how to best update your website – a mandatory activity for receiving award/money later this year – and highlight some shining examples, as well as answer any questions. We hope you can join us and look forward to connecting. Thank you, The Carton Council
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