NWRA's Illinois chapter testifies against proposed bottle bill, the State Beverage Container Recycling Refunds Act; group says bill will trigger increased costs for residential recycling, as the most valuable materials will be removed from recycling bins

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ARLINGTON, Virginia , April 28, 2023 (press release) –

The Illinois chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) testified in opposition to legislation that would create the State Beverage Container Recycling Refunds Act. The bill would establish a container recycling redemption refund program.

“Studies have shown that bottle bills do not achieve the goals its supporters expect,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We appreciate the opportunity to express our concerns to state legislators in Illinois.”

NWRA Chapter member, John Pausma from Homewood Disposal, outlined how a bottle bill will trigger increased costs for residential recycling programs as the most valuable materials will be removed from the recycling bin. The legislation is not expected to move this session.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association

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