2017 Illinois Compiled Statutes
415 ILCS 80/ - Degradable Plastic Act.

(415 ILCS 80/1) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 7901)
Sec. 1. Short title. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Degradable Plastic Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-775.)

(415 ILCS 80/2) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 7902)
Sec. 2. Definitions. As used in this Act, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless the context otherwise requires:
"Agency" means the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
"Department" means the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
"Degradable" means capable of disintegrating, by naturally occurring biological or physical processes in the environment within a period of 3 years after disposal, into fragments that are small relative to the original size, or into particles of a molecular weight that is low when compared to the molecular weight of the original material.
"Plastic container" means a package, bag, bottle, cup, wrapping, blister-pack or other device that is made of plastic, plastic-coated paper, or other synthetic polymeric material, and is used to contain or protect merchandise ultimately intended for retail sale, or to contain waste for disposal.
"Recyclable plastic container" means a container composed entirely (exclusive of any readily detachable lid, closure, handle or label) of one type of plastic for which the Department finds that there exists an effective recycling market in this State.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

(415 ILCS 80/3) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 7903)
Sec. 3. Research. (a) The Department, in cooperation with the Agency, shall undertake a research effort designed to evaluate the degradation process and the environmental impact of degradable plastics, and shall develop and propose to the Pollution Control Board model landfill practices designed to promote the degradation of degradable plastic containers.
(b) The Department shall also conduct a study to evaluate the promotion of degradable plastics as a partial response to the solid waste crisis. The study should concurrently consider the relative merits of other responses, including recycling, incineration and waste reduction programs.
(Source: P.A. 86-775.)

(415 ILCS 80/4) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 7904)
Sec. 4. Degradable products. The Department shall study the feasibility of developing new products made from degradable plastics, and the economic impact of requiring that certain industrial and consumer goods be manufactured from degradable products.
(Source: P.A. 86-775.)

(415 ILCS 80/5) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 7905)
Sec. 5. State purchasing. The Department of Central Management Services, and all other departments and agencies of State government, when purchasing plastic containers and other plastic products, shall purchase products that are degradable or recyclable whenever such products are available at reasonable cost and in the appropriate quantity and quality.
(Source: P.A. 86-775.)

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