Policy Summary

This policy requires the refuse collection customer for each commercial establishment located in the town to provide documentation of an "effective recycling program." An "effective recycling program" is defined as a program that meets certain minimum requirements, as established by the policy. Those requirements include, among other things, selecting and offering two "source reduction measures" from official list which must include "donating surplus food to food banks or soup kitchens" as one of the listed options. The policy also requires "each licensee or license applicant for a town business license, which is a refuse collection customer to certify in the license application that an effective recycling program will be conducted on the licensed premises during the license period.

Background Information

State Illinois
Jurisdiction Name Cicero
Jurisdiction Type Town/Township,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Provides education, promotes awareness, or provides information
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Surplus;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

Environmental linkage?

The policy requires an adequate recycling program for each commercial establishment. It also encourages reduction measures, like replacing disposable with renewables. § 78-121.

Economic linkage?

Includes findings?

The code states "[t]his article shall be liberally construed in order to implement the findings contained in the preamble to Ordinance No. 89-95 and in order to implement the goal of reducing waste and increasing recycling." § 78-112.

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

§ 78-1, § 78-111.

Addresses implementation?

The commissioner is responsible for seeking voluntary cooperation of affected stakeholders, taking steps to assist businesses to implement recycling program as well as establish an audit program for the recycling system, § 78-113(b),(g); determining when wet waste recycling is commercially available, § 78-121(h); and reviewing plans for an effective recycling program, § 78-121(f).

Enforcement provisions?

Penalties include "fines of not less than $25.00 nor more than $750.00 per day" and "revocation of permit." § 78-113(c), (d).

Evaluation component?

The law requires haulers and recycling facilities to submit to submit a semiannual written report to the commissioner on recycling activity. § 78-122(3). Also, the commissioner shall institute an audit program for effective recycling programs of refuse collection customers. § 78-113(g). Whether the resulting information might be used to assess the performance of the law rather than the performance of individual haulers and providers is unclear.

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in Cicero, Illinois Code of Ordinances, Chapter 78: Solid Waste, Article IV: Waste Reduction. History: Code 1958, § 19-205; Ord. No. 89-95, § 1, 11-14-1995.


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