Villa measure expanding recycling initiatives passes Senate

SPRINGFIELD – A measure that would require large event facilities to recycle and compost organic waste, championed by State Senator Karina Villa, passed the Senate Thursday.

“Illinois is a pioneer of environmental policy that protects and maintains our natural resources,” said Villa (D-West Chicago). “Expanding recycling efforts will progress the state’s efforts to cultivate a healthy environment.”

Senate Bill 2876 would require large event facilities with a legal occupancy of at least 3,500 people to participate in a recycling program and compost organic materials produced during an event held at the facility.

Currently, large event facilities are not required to recycle or compost material. The bill aims to set recycling and composting as a standard requirement.

“We must do everything we can to reduce the amount of waste in our landfills,” said Villa. “By promoting methods of environmental sustainability, we are securing the future of the next generation.”

Senate Bill 2876 passed the Senate Thursday and moves to the House for further consideration.