Chicago TribuneOur View: It's better to recycle than to ban plastic bagsRockford Register StarThere are two options to reduce the number of plastic bags: ban them or encourage recycling.
Legislation passed by the General Assembly would create what supporters call the nation’s “first comprehensive, sensible statewide regulation of plastic bag recycling.”
Senate Bill 3442 would require plastic bag manufacturers to register with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and pay a $500 annual fee. They also would have to submit a recycling plan that includes public education.
After 2014, retailers could use plastic bags only from registered manufacturers and, by 2015, bags would have to be made of 30 percent recycled materials.