Created by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1986, the State of Illinois' I-CYCLE Program facilitates the recycling efforts of more than 225 state locations and 40,400 state employees. Annually, more than 2,200 tons of white and mixed paper, cardboard, aluminum and other metals, industrial chemicals and kitchen grease are diverted from the waste stream through the program's activities.

Force on the Advancement of Materials Recycling

Public Act 97-853 (HB 4986 - May) created the Task Force on the Advancement of Materials Recycling. This group, co-chaired by IEPA and DCEO, has a history of innovation, growing Illinois' recycling initiatives and taking on new challenges.

Recycling Economic Impact Study

This detailed economic study released by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in November 2010 documents the vital role that the recycling and reuse industry plays in the Illinois economy. The study shows that 40,000 people in Illinois are directly employed in the industry, and that recycling is responsible for 111,500 direct, indirect and induced jobs and a payroll of $3.6 billion. In terms of total economic activity, the industry is responsible for $30.3 billion in gross receipts.

Best Operational Practices Manual for Material Recovery Facilities and Drop-off Recycling Facilities

This document was recently updated in 2010 to include current developments in modern MRF technology and a greatly enhance operational safety section. The purpose of this initiative is to provide continuing educational training to those persons involved in the development and/or operation of a MRFs and/or drop-off recycling facility. The goal of this professional training is to reduce negative environmental impacts, advance safety consciousness, improve processing efficiencies, reduce operating costs and increase potential revenues.

Workplace Recycling Toolkit

This document was created in 2010 and examines recycling and waste reduction at work in Illinois. It includes links to valuable resources to anyone looking to improve recycling where they work.

Illinois Commodity/Waste Generation and Characterization Study

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity released this document in May 2009 and it has led to the development of a new food waste composting program (12% of landfilled material). The data shows how much "recyclable commodities" are still being landfilled and provides estimates on volumes. Whereas the new Recycling Economic Impact Study reveals the value of recycling to Illinois' economy, the waste characterization study sheds light on how much value there still is to capture and where it might be most economical to do so. This is the first statewide report to study this data in Illinois.

Illinois Recycling Association

The Illinois Recycling Association (IRA) is the only collective voice for recycling on critical waste management issues facing the state. They represent your interests at the state level.