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The State of Recycling in Illinois

Recycling rates in Illinois reveal one of the most wasteful states in the nation, headlined by Chicago’s dismal 9 percent residential recycling rate (see table below). Even Naperville, which boasts the highest rate among the most populous Illinois cities at 30 percent, falls below the national average of 34.7 percent. Due to a lack of mandated reporting in certain jurisdictions, the state’s overall recycling rate is unclear. However, given low rates in cities with available data, evidence from other states suggests that Illinois’s statewide rate is much lower than the national average.

Repairing your electronic device just got a little easier thanks to a seemingly unexpected source: The Library of Congress.

News Release | Illinois PIRG | Solid Waste

Advocates call for improvements to Chicago Recycling, Starting with Transparent Evaluation of “Managed Competition”

A group of advocates led by the Chicago Recycling Coalition called on the Mayor, City Council and Department of Streets and Sanitation to take action to improve Chicago’s worst-in-the-nation recycling rate, starting with a thorough and transparent evaluation of the companies responsible for residential recycling by May 2019.

Right to Repair is a simple way to cut health care costs

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

Cost containment is is a critical first step in addressing the deep faults in our health care system - it's hard to image fixing problems of access if we continue to be charged $15 for a Tylenol pill or $1,000 for a toothbrush. It turns out that overpriced equipment repair helps add to those inflated costs.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Plastic pollution: One day, three solutions

One day, three decisions -- all of which may have far-reaching effects on plastic pollution in the United States.

Making our devices more fixable with ecodesign

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

A conversation with Restart Project Co-Founder Ugo Vallauri about progress around ecodesign in Europe and how that connects to Right to Repair in the United States

Apple was fined in Australia for disabling phones which were independently repaired, in a victory for Right to Repair advocates. 

Why is it so hard to repair our stuff?

By | Nathan Proctor
Director, Campaign for the Right to Repair

We generate way too much waste, and companies use their power in the marketplace to make things harder to repair. That’s the idea behind “Right to Repair” laws -- they check companies ability to limit repairs and empower us to fix our own stuff. 

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