102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/5/2022, by Rep. Robyn Gabel
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Carpet Stewardship Act. Provides that for all carpet sold
in this State, producers shall, through a clearinghouse, implement and
finance a statewide carpet stewardship program that manages the product by
reducing the product's waste generation, promotes its reutilization and
recovery, and provides for negotiation and execution of agreements to
collect, transport, process, and market the product for end-of-life carpet
recovery and carpet reutilization. Requires the clearinghouse to be
incorporated as a nonprofit. Provides that the Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency must approve the carpet stewardship plan for the plan to
be valid. Establishes requirements for review of the plan, and
requirements for producers, retailers, and distributors of carpet.
Requires the clearinghouse to submit annual reports to the Agency and pay
specified administrative fees. Provides enforcement provisions for the
Act. Establishes requirements for State procurement of carpet in the
future. Contains other provisions. Effective immediately.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning safety.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Findings and purpose.
The General Assembly
(1) Based on data contained in the Illinois Commodity
Waste Generation and Characterization Study, commissioned
in 2014 by the Illinois Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity, approximately 229,000 tons of carpet
and carpet padding are landfilled each year, 1.5% of the
total waste landfilled in this State.
(2) Old carpet and padding are currently being
recovered in this State at a carpet recovery rate
estimated to be less than 1%, compared to a 29% carpet
recovery rate for the second quarter in 2021 in
California, which has enacted Extended Producer
Responsibility legislation for carpet.
(3) Carpet recovery can be significantly expanded by
utilizing an Extended Producer Responsibility approach
which will lead to job creation through the collection,
processing, and marketing of old carpet and padding. In