Rep. David S. Olsen Increases Township Recycling Opportunities through Passage of HB 2427

A recycling bill that will save townships money received unanimous support in the Illinois House on Wednesday.

HB 2427, sponsored by State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove), seeks to amend the Township Code to allow for the recycling of brush, wood chips and leaves within unincorporated areas of a township. Current law provides for the collection, transport and disposal of the materials gathered through land maintenance, but there is no provision for recycling.

“When township highway departments take down dead or diseased trees, the wood is processed into wood chips that many like to use as landscape material,” said Olsen. “Unfortunately, current statutes do not provide for the recycling of, or free delivery of woodchips or other materials. In Downers Grove Township the highway department spends up to 20% of its budget to dispose of the waste materials. With the passage of this bill, the township will be able to deliver the wood chips directly to facilities or places for a much lower cost than what they currently spend on disposal.”

HB 2427 received a unanimous vote of recommended approval by the House Counties & Townships Committee in March. The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration, where Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) will carry the bill on Olsen’s behalf.

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