Quinn Rejects Illinois Plastic Bag Recycling Bill

Aug 27, 2012

Illinois manufacturers say they're disappointed with Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of a bill requiring a plastic bag recycling program.  Quinn rejected the proposed law yesterday saying it limited local municipalities. It would have required manufacturers to set up recycling programs with the goal of increasing the recycling rate. It also would have required them to register with the state. Retail stores then could use bags only from those manufacturers.  The Illinois Manufacturers' Association says the bill represented an opportunity for Illinois to become a national leader in recycling.  Environmentalists didn't support the law, saying its goals were paltry and would limit local municipalities from enacting bans.