(415 ILCS 20/6)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 7056)
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall be the lead agency for implementation of this Act and
shall have the following powers:
(a) To provide technical and educational assistance for applications of
technologies and practices which will minimize the land disposal of
non-hazardous solid waste; economic feasibility of implementation of solid
waste management alternatives; analysis of markets for recyclable materials
and energy products; application of the Geographic Information
System to provide analysis of natural resource, land use, and environmental
impacts; evaluation of financing and ownership options; and evaluation of
plans prepared by units of local government pursuant to Section 22.15 of
the Environmental Protection Act.
(c) To provide loans or recycling and composting grants to businesses and
not-for-profit and governmental organizations for the purposes of increasing
the quantity of materials recycled or composted in Illinois; developing and
innovative recycling methods and technologies; developing and expanding
markets for recyclable materials; and increasing the self-sufficiency of
the recycling industry in Illinois. The Department shall work with and
coordinate its activities with existing for-profit and not-for-profit
collection and recycling systems to encourage orderly growth in the supply
of and markets for recycled materials and to assist existing collection and
The Department shall develop a public education program concerning the
importance of both composting and recycling in order to preserve landfill
space in Illinois.
(d) To establish guidelines and funding criteria for the solicitation of
projects under this Act, and to receive and evaluate applications for
loans or grants for solid waste management projects based upon such
guidelines and criteria. Funds may be loaned with or without interest.
(e) To support and coordinate solid waste research in Illinois, and to
approve the annual solid waste research agenda prepared by the University of
(f) To provide loans or grants for research, development and
demonstration of innovative technologies and practices, including but not
limited to pilot programs for collection and disposal of household wastes.
(g) To promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary to carry
out the purposes of subsections (c), (d) and (f) of this Section.
(h) To cooperate with the Environmental Protection Agency for the
purposes specified herein.
The Department is authorized to accept any and all grants,
interest and principal on loans, matching funds,
reimbursements, appropriations, income derived from investments, or other
things of value from the federal or state governments or from any
institution, person, partnership, joint venture, corporation, public or
The Department is authorized to use moneys available for that purpose, subject
to appropriation, expressly for the purpose of implementing a
loan program according to procedures established pursuant to this Act.
Those moneys shall be used by the Department for the purpose of
financing additional projects and for the Department's administrative
expenses related thereto.
(Source: P.A. 100-621, eff. 7-20-18.)