Member Spotlight: Chicago Logistic Service
Established in 1996, Chicago Logistic Service (CLS) is an asset-based carrier company, dedicated to providing reliable, 24-hour service for its customers’ transportation, warehousing or logistic needs and is a proud member of the Illinois Recycling Foundation. CLS understands the importance of recycling, that turning materials that would become waste into valuable resources is beneficial in many ways. For that reason, over many consecutive years, CLS has partnered with a non-profit in McHenry County, serving as their warehouse base of operations for recycling.

In addition to working with a variety of companies to provide trucking services, CLS acts a collector for member, SWNACC and others to handle packing peanuts contained in a bag or box; bubble wrap and foam sheets; 55-gallon metal or plastic drums with chemical residue removed; compact discs, DVDs and their cases, and cassette tape cases; clean No. 6 polystyrene foram, all colors; and offers member USAgain bin outside their building to allow participants to drop off clothing and other textiles. 

CLS offers recycling to the public for others items but must charge a fee. These currently require an appointment and include Fluorescent Light Bulbs–4-foot, $.50 each; 8-foot, $1.00 each; and compact bulbs used in lamps and lighting fixtures, $.50 each. Batteries‒A, C, D, AA, AAA, Lithium, Ni-Cad, Button and NI-MH are accepted for $1.00 per pound; lead batteries (car, motorcycle, sump pump, marine) are accepted at no charge. Electronics—TVs and Monitors require a pass-through fee of $1.00 per pound.

For more information or to explore opportunities for your organization to work with CLS, please visit their website at www.chicagologisticservice.com They offer a variety of transportation services, and will strive to meet your needs in moving non-perishable goods locally or around the country.
Legislative Update from IRA

Election day is less than a month away and voting began September 29. With the census, and the resulting district redrawing, many more seats are on the ballot. This means there hasn't been time for meetings on items for Veto Session as our local and state officials are busy campaigning. It doesn't mean some items that didn't pass in the short Spring session won't pop up in Veto after the election. Stay tuned for more information after Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Congratulations to Member Joy Scrogum

The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable awarded ISTC employee and former IRF Board Member, Joy Scrogum the 2022 Fred Granek Memorial P2 Ambassador Award. This prestigious honor is based on both Joy's professional and personal life as a scientist and environmentalist. She has demonstrated dedication to reuse, repair, and dedication to product durability along with supporting extensive recycling opportunities. To read more about about this honor, please click here.
REGISTER for our Upcoming Webinars
Join this interactive presentation featuring Jared Patton, Senior Planner of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency of Planning (CMAP) as he describes how CMAP can now measure GHG based on municipal and county boundaries. While our transfer stations and landfills may be shown as contributors, it is transportation as a whole that needs addressed. How can we work on this issue and get the recognition for reducing GHG in our local areas when we invest in fleet changes?. 
This bi-annual meeting of Recycling Professionals will feature the Recycling Partnership’s Center for Sustainable Behavior & Impact.  This interactive webinar will discuss how the Center is driving innovative, human-centered solutions that improve recycling and provide tips for MRF operators, college sustainability leaders, municipal and county recycling coordinators and all those charged with educating the public about recycling.

To provide a comprehensive view of current research and product development, presenters include:
Each month, the IRF hosts an educational and thought-provoking webinar for members and non-members. These webinars address a variety of topics in the recycling, composting and reuse industry. If you have an idea for a topic or member to highlight, please contact Allessandra Kummelehne at executivedirector@illinoisrecycles.org.

Interested in being our featured sponsor for a webinar? Email us executivedirector@illinoisrecycles.org. Benefits of sponsorship include membership to IRF, company logo included in all pre-and-post event marketing materials, company logo included on live webinar and recording, and a sponsorship spotlight profile mention by the Board President during the webinar. Sponsorship also includes a newsletter highlight of your organization. .
2022 [Virtual] National Recycling Congress

Important updates about the upcoming 2022 [Virtual] National Recycling Congress, to be held Nov 9-10 on Zoom. 

NRC is offering a Large Group registration similar to last year. For the price of about 4 regular priced registrations, you can secure a Large Group registration for just $1,000. While all registrations offer a great value, this would allow up to 50 people from your organization to register under a single discount code. 

No matter if your interests are focused on recycling 'nuts and bolts", reuse, waste prevention, multi-family, EPR or campus programs, this year's National Recycling Congress brings a two-day, jam-packed program with dynamic topics and compelling keynote and plenary speakers. 

NRC has a long history of being the place where recycling practitioners come together with sustainably-minded businesses and university reps to learn about and network for a more sustainable future. We'd love to see you at the Congress and encourage you to join by registering individually or for a large group at National Recycling Coalition Congress.

First started by long time member, SCARCE, the concept of educating residents about food scrap composting through the collection of Halloween pumpkins began nearly a decade ago. Today, cities and counties and college campuses across Illinois have found creative ways to collect ripe and rotten pumpkins from the public in fun and easy ways, all in the name of compost education. For a full list of sites that have registered (not required but encouraged) please visit SCARCE.
A Note from the President, Marta Keane

I am very excited to announce that the new Board of the IRF has decided to offer all 2023 webinars at no charge to members and non-members. We have received some feedback that the $50 fee to non-members is a deterrent to attendance. While this has become an established benefit to members, it is our desire to increase participation, along with overall membership and sponsorship of these important outreach events. We have met with other similar state organizations and found they were able to meet these funding goals while increasing participation and education. Of course the November webinar for Recycling Professionals is free and you should know we are still accepting sponsors for all the fall webinars. Please let us know if you can be a sponsor.
Please apply now. The majority of work is performed from your own home. We are offering $30 per hour as a contractor. We cannot offer health or retirement benefits at this time but you do have an important role to play in taking Illinois' level of reuse, recycling and composting to the next level. The person in this position experiences a collaborative environment with leaders of the industry.

View the scope of work and apply here. Please share with your networks.
We encourage members to view our Member Directory where many websites lead to job postings. Visit the IRF Membership Directory and find member's websites to see their job listings.

You can show off in a press release or simply show us your everyday operation. Either way, we can utilize your photos on social media and on our website. more reflective of our members, we are asking IRF Members to send photos of their recycling and collection 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 info@illinoisrecycles.org.
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Consider adding your logo here. Become a 2023 BENEFACTOR for $2000.
If you have already joined and would like to upgrade to this status, send an email to executivedirector@illinoisrecycles.org.
November 1 is the start of our annual Membership Drive. We will be emailing members renewal information to sign up for the 2023 calendar year. We will be offering the same pricing for membership this year as the past several years as our way of not adding to the budget inflation. Please understand that we rely on members that have the means to step up to Benefactor status so we can continue to provide the informative newsletters and webinars that you have come to expect. Please watch for our email and sign up online or mail in a check. Call or email with any special needs or questions. Thank you for your continued support.
As an IRF member, you are eligible to participate in one or more of our active committees. Currently, with the start of a new Board term, all committees are seeking new members to participate. Upcoming committee meetings will focus discussion on the development of committee goal(s) for the 2023 membership year.

To view committee meeting times, please view the IRF Committee Calendar. If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Allessandra Kummelehne and the committee chair as listed below.
C & D, Ron Tazelaar
Electronics, Luke Fikejs
Legislative, Ron Tazelaar
Regional Outreach, Adena Rivas
Communications, Marta Keane
Social Justice/Diversity, Mike Nowak
Education, Bert Jacobson
Textile Reuse, Gina Peshek
Traditional MRF, Aaron Harmon
Organics/Composting, John Lardner
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Why Membership is Important
As much as we appreciate everyone's interest in waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting; our organization can only provide the educational and networking opportunities needed to bring private business, government, educational institutions and non-profits together if we have paying members. So, please, if you are an avid reader of this newsletter, which we know hundreds are each month, then become a member today. Click to JOIN or RENEW!

Pam Shoemaker

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