Recycling & Solid Waste

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Recycling and Solid Waste

Improving technology to increase the use of recyclable materials and reducing overall waste is a focus of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Recycling Expansion and Modernization Program.   The department provides grants to for-profit businesses, not-for-profit organizations, government entities, colleges, and universities. Note, this program has currently been suspended, pending adoption of a state budget.

A. Recycling Expansion and Modernization (REM) Program

The Recycling Expansion and Modernization (REM) Program provides grants to divert materials from the municipal solid waste stream.

Project Classifications   

  • Market Expansion project:  modernizes key functions in a business or organization that manufactures recycled-content products or uses recyclable commodities in providing a service.  The purpose is to increase the use of recyclable commodities as feedstock in manufacturing, thereby expanding markets for these reclaimed materials.
  • Waste Management Modernization project:  improves a company’s approach to solid waste management.  Projects involve best practices in solid waste management including (a) source reduction activities that prevent the generation of solid waste, (b) waste reduction activities that recycle or reuse industrial or other solid waste materials, and/or c) improvements in product packaging.