What you need to know about the textile recycling project
On this day in 2014, a large-scale textile recycling effort took off in Illinois.
The Chicago Tribune, the state’s largest daily newspaper, launched a program that aims to help the city recycle thousands of tons of yarn, textiles and other raw materials.
But the initiative has had mixed results.
The city of Chicago, which began recycling materials in 2014 after years of relying on municipal waste and local businesses, is still struggling to meet the demand, said Sarah Stolberg, a spokeswoman for the city’s Office of Waste Management.
About 1,600 items were collected in Chicago in the first two months of this year.
The majority of the waste has gone to the city, but the program has also brought in waste from private companies, and the city has been unable to sell the materials, Stolnger said.
Chicago has about 1,400 tons of raw materials that are going to be recycled, according to a 2014 report by the state Department of Environmental Quality.
The state collects about 2,500 tons of textile waste annually, and Stolag said the city is trying to buy a portion of that to recycle.
About 20 percent of that, about 2.3 million tons, has been sent to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The remaining 2.1 million tons is being recycled at the city level.
The Illinois Department is responsible for collecting and handling the waste.
Some of that waste has ended up in the city landfill.
In recent years, Stacie Denson, who heads the department’s department of waste management, has tried to encourage people to recycle their own textile products, she said.
Denson said textile recycling can be more environmentally friendly because it involves separating and separating materials and eliminating toxic solvents.
“The materials that we recycle have a higher rate of having the highest levels of recyclable value, meaning they’re less harmful to the environment,” she said in an interview.
But some people aren’t convinced.
In April, a group of textile recycling advocates filed a complaint with the Illinois State Attorney General’s Office, which is investigating the city of Urbana-Champaign’s textile recycling program.
The group alleges the city and its employees have “failed to adequately disclose their obligations under Illinois’s textile waste and recycling laws,” according to the complaint.
The complaint alleges the Chicago-area textile recycling efforts are “unconscionable” and “an affront to Illinois’s commitment to ensure that it does not leave Illinois’s citizens vulnerable to the effects of industrial waste.”
The complaint seeks an injunction to force the city to disclose more information about its textile recycling plan.
The textile recycling initiative is expected to cost the city about $1 million, according the Tribune.
It has so far collected about $4 million.
In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates textile manufacturers, approved a pilot program in Illinois to encourage textile recycling.
In December, the federal government approved the use of the textile waste management system to help retailers collect and recycle textile waste.
The federal government is also looking into the Illinois textile recycling proposal.
The program was approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission in 2014.
The Tribune’s Laura D. Young contributed to this report.