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Gov vetoes bag recycling at urging of environmentalists

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:17:59 CDT
By: AP

     Illinois manufacturers say they're disappointed with Governor Pat Quinn's veto of a bill requiring a plastic bag recycling program.   Quinn rejected the proposed law yesterday saying it limited local municipalities. It would have required manufacturers to set up recycling programs with the goal of increasing the recycling rate. It also would have required manufacturers to register with the state. Retail stores then could use bags only from registered manufacturers.   The Illinois Manufacturers' Association says the bill represented an opportunity for Illinois to become a national leader in recycling. Environmentalists opposed the law, saying its goals were paltry and would limit local municipalities from enacting bans. Those praising Quinn's decision include 13-year-old Abby Goldberg. She led a petition drive against the bill and is pushing a ban in Grayslake.

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