SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (May 2, 11:30 a.m. ET) — A bill that would require plastic bag manufacturers to register with the state and develop a recycling plan has passed the Illinois Senate and is making its way through the House.
Senate Bill 3442 would also prohibit any city in the state, with the exception of Chicago, to implement a plastic bag ban.
The bill forces manufacturers to pay an annual fee; by July 1, 2013, manufacturers must develop and maintain a plan supporting the collection and recycling of plastic carryout bags. The manufacturers can develop the recycling plans individually or jointly.
The Illinois Retail Merchants' Association and the Illinois Manufacturers Association are supporting the bill, while some environmental groups and city governments have problems with some of the bill's provisions, the Register-Mail in Galesburg, Ill., reported.