Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Quinn Vetoes Plastic Bag Recycling Plan
Gov. Pat Quinn shot down a bill that would have created a statewide recycling pilot program for plastic bags, but supporters of the measure are skeptical about substituting local restrictions.
Under the bill, plastic bag manufacturers would have been required to register with the state and pay fees that would have gone toward a statewide recycling program. Retailers would have been barred from buying bags from producers not registered with the state, and manufacturers would have had to offer recycling collection for plastic bags and plastic films in 90 percent of the state’s counties by 2014. “This is an industry-driven private approach to a public policy problem that could be solved without taxpayer financing,” said McHenry County Republican Rep. Michael Tryon, a sponsor of the bill.
Quinn said in his veto message that he agrees with the intent of the bill, but that it went too far in limiting what local governments could do to address the problem. “This bill is more restrictive on municipalities than any other plastic bag regulation in the country," he said.
Sen. Terry Link, a sponsor of the bill, said he is uncertain about whether he will push for an override of Quinn’s veto. While Link framed the measure as a compromise worked out to bring the industry on board, environmental groups said it is a preemptive strike by businesses and manufacturers to keep cities from banning bags or enacting fees. “Business groups want to prevent Illinois cities from doing the bag-use reduction programs that are happening in other states,” said Jennifer Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council.
You can read Jamey's full report at: http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/quinn-rejects-plastic-bag-recycling.html