Full Text of SB0052 103rd General Assembly
SB0052 103RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY
103RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2023 and 2024
Introduced 1/20/2023, by Sen. Laura Fine
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the State Commemorative Dates Act. Provides that the first
full week of May is designated as Compost Awareness Week to be observed
throughout the State as a week to recognize the importance of composting
and the use of compost in growing healthier food, supporting healthier
soils, creating a more sustainable world, and to promote all relevant
activities connected to the annual theme of International Compost
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The General Assembly finds and
declares the following:
(1) Composting is an effective form of waste
reduction, reuse, and recycling, and since organic
materials make up approximately 30% of the material going
into landfills, composting is becoming one of the primary
methods communities use to reach waste diversion goals and
create sustainable communities.
(2) Organic residual materials, including yard
trimmings, vegetable cuttings, biosolids, food scraps,
manures, and hay shavings, have been composted and
converted into a beneficial product known as compost.
(3) Returning organic resources, remanufactured into
compost, to the soil reduces water consumption by over 30%
for all soil types, conserves water during extreme drought
or flooding conditions, decreases dependence on chemical
fertilizers and pesticides, and decreases erosion and
nonpoint source pollution.
(4) Communities, through their local governments,
highway departments, soil conservation services, and
public works professionals, can have positive impacts on
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clean water, soil, climate change, and landfill diversion
by using compost for public works projects.
(5) Composting creates green jobs and infrastructure
for cities and states that implement composting programs.
(6) International Compost Awareness Week is a
multimedia publicity and educational initiative designed
to showcase compost production and demonstrate compost use
and is supported by compost industry organizations from
around the world.
(7) The many benefits of composting should be
recognized and promoted throughout the State of Illinois
on annual basis.
The State Commemorative Dates Act is amended by
adding Section 77 as follows:
(5 ILCS 490/77 new)
Compost Awareness Week.
The first full week of
May is designated as Compost Awareness Week to be observed
throughout the State as a week to recognize the importance of
composting and the use of compost in growing healthier food,
supporting healthier soils, creating a more sustainable world,
and to promote all relevant activities connected to the annual
theme of International Compost Awareness Week.