Let’s not sack the recycling of plastic bags
On Sunday, Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed an industry backed Nike Sneakers bill that would have required plastic bag manufacturers to set up recycling programs in the suburbs and Downstate.
Environmentalists didn’t like the bill because it didn’t charge a per bag fee to discourage their use or ban the bags altogether. Municipalities didn’t like it because it would have preempted local ordinances.
In his veto message, Quinn said, “While well intentioned, this legislation is a roadblock to i Nike Sneakers nnovation that would do little to boost recycling in Illinois. We can do better.”
We would amend that to say: We have to do better if we’re going to send the only bill that shows it has General Assembly support to be trucked off and dumped into a legislative landfill.
Althoug Nike Sneakers h some other communities outside Chicago are discussing new plastic recycling ordinances, only Highland Park has actually put a law on the books requiring retailers to take back plastic bags for recycling. Even if Nike Sneakers some additional ordinances are enacted around the state, a mere scattering of new laws wouldn’t have enough impact to justify Quinn’s veto.
State Sen. Terry Link (D Waukegan), chief sponsor of the bill in the Senate, said Monday he doesn’t yet know whether the bill’s backers will attempt to override Quinn’s veto.