FPA Update June 2012: Illinois Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Act
While the legislation discusses “plastic film product wrap” which includes “polyethylene wrap used to cover, wrap, or otherwise package consumer goods, such as paper towels, bathroom tissue, cases of sodas, diapers and other dry goods.” The key to the legislative requirements is in the definition in the bill of “manufacturer.” Only the “manufacturers” have to meet the requirements and in this bill “Manufacturer means a manufacturer of plastic carryout bags used or distributed in Illinois.” Therefore, the manufacturers of plastic film product wrap do not have to meet any of the requirements. FPA confirmed this statement with Bill’s sponsor, Rep. Michael Tryon.
The threat of a plastic carryout bag bans is what has driven The American Progressive Bag Alliance (an organization of retail carry bag manufacturers) to support of the legislation. The legislation was first introduced last year in Lake County and made its way to the state legislature. FPA will continue provide updates on the progress of this legislation in the coming months. For more information, contact FPA at (410) 694-0800.