Plastic Bag Recycling

Lake County Plastic Bag Recycling Task Force
Many retailers throughout Lake County have collected and recycled plastic bags and film for years in an effort to decrease waste streams and be more eco-friendly. With the enactment of the Plastic Bag Recycling Act (Public Act 095-0268), the Lake County Plastic Bag Recycling Task Force was formed by the Illinois General Assembly. Its mission was to develop a plastic bag recycling program.

Pilot Program
Earlier this month, the Task Force announced the beginning of a 6-month pilot program that will enable Lake County residents to recycle plastic bags and film packaging at local stores. The Jewel-Osco in Wauconda is a participating retailer. The Task Force brought together retailers, legislators, industry, recyclers, and environmental groups to develop this program. This program is unique because film packaging is also accepted. Examples of film packaging include furniture wrap, electronics wrap, bread bags, produce bags, and Zip-Lock bags. View a complete list of accepted items.

New Products
Plastic bags and film packaging can be made into dozens of useful new products, such as building and construction products, low-maintenance fencing and decking, and of course, new bags. View the American Chemical Council’s Plastic Bag Info Sheet (PDF). For more information, please visit SWALCO’s website.