The Illinois Department of Commerce Recycling and Waste Reduction Division provides technical assistance and access to capital for projects involving source reduction, waste reduction, recycling and reuse.  Our efforts help Illinois’ recycling industry to grow and expand, thereby enhancing statewide economic growth and helping Illinois businesses, local governments and not-for-profit organizations advance their waste reduction and recycling initiatives.  Recycling programs support the major public policy concerns of sustainable economic development by effectively addressing environmental challenges and business competitiveness issues, while offering public economic benefits such as job creation.

Recycling in Illinois diverts over 9 million tons annually of useful materials from landfills and saves enough energy to heat and light 578,000 homes.  Recycling paper in Illinois is estimated to save 53.3 million trees alone.  Recycling materials versus land-filling can create up to 10 times as many jobs, saves energy and generates cost-effective materials that are cycled back into the economic mainstream as manufacturing feedstock.

For more information contact:

David Ross
Office of Energy and Recycling