New Recycling Rules and Regulations for 2018

New Recycling Rules and Regulations for 2018

There are rules and regulations to keep in mind every time you recycle. Some types of plastic require different treatment which is why you’ll see different numbers on the bottom of different plastic bottles. Some materials can’t even be disposed of in your recycling bins. Products like plastic bags, electronic waste and others have to be brought to a more specialized recycling center.

Rules and regulations concerning recycling can be made at the federal, state, and local levels. The federal regulations are in place throughout the entire country, but sometimes that’s not enough for some areas. Cities like Chicago, can put their own rules in place as they make a broader effort to go green. The more you know about a city’s regulations, the more effective your recycling efforts can be. Fortunately, the experts at Lakeshore Recycling Systems are here to assist you.

Federal Regulations

Not too many new rules or regulations for recycling have gone through at the federal level for 2018. For the most part, new regulations are pushed through at the state, town, and city level. There is talk that funding for more recycling programs could be a part of the upcoming infrastructure bill that’s currently being worked on in Washington. Whether that will come with new rules and regulations is currently unclear.

State Regulations

The state of Illinois follows many of the federal requirements and has some of its own broader rules. The state has rules for plastic coding and hazardous waste recycling. For hazardous waste recycling, it follows the federal rules while adding some additional requirements. Most of these focus on mercury, which can be found in thermostats and other devices.

Chicago Regulations

Chicago is attempting to boost its recycling rate, which hovers at low levels in certain neighborhoods. The city is launching a new campaign that would focus on educating residents on recycling rules.

The city wants residents to focus on three categories of items; aluminum, paper and plastic. This covers most food and beverage receptacles, along with newspapers and magazines. The goal is to reduce “contamination” in recycling bins, which are items that are prohibited or not recyclable. In a recent trial for one neighborhood, overall contamination dropped by 32 percent. As these rules expand citywide, they could have far-reaching effects on recycling rates and pollution.

Every home in Chicago will receive new mailers with information, such as their recycling days and reminders about what kind of items can be recycled. These mailers will also have a website address on them, which residents can visit to access their recycling schedules at any time. They can even sign up for email reminders, which could make it easier for them to recycle more items.

Keeping up with changing rules and regulations can seem tough, but it’s all worth it when you can boost recycling rates and make your city and planet more sustainable!

When it comes to recycling in Chicagoland, turn to the recycling professionals at Lakeshore Recycling Systems. Our state-of-the-art facilities reflect our unwavering commitment to the environment. In addition to recycling centers, we also provide roll-off dumpsters, street sweepers, portable restrooms, mulch and many other services. Our team is always ready to assist you with any project you have.

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