Illinois passes bill exempting C&D debris from franchise waste agreements

Illinois passes bill exempting C&D debris from franchise waste agreements

Bill was championed by Illinois CDRA chapter.

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August 25, 2017
Kristin Smith-Ely
Legislation & Regulations Mixed C&D
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed SB 1807 Aug. 24, 2017. The bill exempts construction and demolition (C&D) debris from waste franchises in the state. 

According to the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA), Milwaukee, nine municipalities continue to have monopoly franchises with C&D grandfathered in, but this bill prevents others from including C&D materials. 

While the bill faced opposition from some landfill and hauling companies, the bill passed with bipartisan support in both chambers. 

“This bill took our state chapter three years to get passed, but was worth the effort because it will help ensure an open marketplace for the flow of C&D materials to C&D recyclers in our state,” says Ken Hoving of Chicago-based Lakeshore Recycling Systems and CDRA board member and chair of the national organization’s legislative committee. Our efforts can also provide a blueprint for recyclers in other states to use to overcome the monopoly practices that block C&D recyclers access to recyclable debris that otherwise could go to the landfill.” 

An excerpt from the bill reads, "On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, a municipality with a population of less than 1 million shall not enter into any new contracts with any other unit of local government, by intergovernmental agreement or otherwise, or with any corporation or person relating to the collecting and final disposition of general construction or demolition debris; except that this sentence does not apply to a municipality with a population of less than 1 million that is a party to: (1) a contract relating to the collecting and final disposition of general construction or demolition debris on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly; or (2) the renewal or extension of a contract relating to the collecting and final disposition of general construction or demolition debris irrespective of whether the contract automatically renews, is amended or is subject to a new request for proposal after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly.” 

The entire bill is available to read here.