The Illinois Department of Commerce's division of Recycling and Waste Reduction provides technical assistance and access to capital for projects involving source reduction, waste reduction, recycling and reuse. The Department of Commerce's efforts help the Illinois recycling industry continue to expand, enhancing statewide economic growth while helping Illinois businesses, local governments and not-for-profit organizations advance their waste reduction and recycling initiatives.
The Department of Commerce's Recycling programs support the very relevant public policy concern 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 material 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.