SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, is working to expand access to comprehensive recycling programs with a new law eyeing more efficient and environmentally friendly services.

“Protecting our environment starts with ensuring that every Illinois household and business has access to the tools they need to reduce their material footprint,” Avelar said. “That’s why it’s so important for our government to have an accurate picture of where those tools may be in short supply.”

Avelar sponsored Senate Bill 1555, which forms a Statewide Recycling Needs Assessment Advisory Council within the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). The panel will be tasked with assessing recycling-related needs of communities statewide and reporting to lawmakers on ways to maximize effective recycling by individuals, businesses, and manufacturers. 

The bill received bipartisan support in the House and was signed into law last month.

“Illinoisans are proud of our long record of leading the way, and that’s just what we’re continuing to do here,” Avelar said. “Recycling isn’t a new thing, but what is uncommon is our commitment to making sure that every community in the entire state has the resources and infrastructure to implement an effective recycling program. When we get serious about sustainability and renewability, we are taking steps toward a brighter future for all.”

Rep. Dagmara
Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar

85th District

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