recycle logoSPRINGFIELD- State agencies may soon be taking steps to become more environmentally friendly.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed House Bill 1362 to require state agencies responsible for public land to examine policies to see if composting materials would help reduce storm water run-off and improve the quality of the land.

“Composting is an effective method to stop pollution, cut costs and clean up contamination,” said Cullerton. “Every step we take makes a difference for generations to come. It’s our duty to continue to look for methods to protect Illinois’ ecosystem.”

The United States Environmental Protection Agency reports the environmental benefits of composting include enriching soil, cleaning up contamination and preventing pollution. Economic benefits include reducing the need for water, fertilizer and pesticides.

According to the Composting Council, if all U.S. residents composted all of their food waste, the impact would be equivalent to removing 7.8 million cars from our roads.

“If we want to ensure our children have clean water, air and ecologically safe spaces to be active, then we should continue to look for ways to be more environmentally savvy in Illinois,” said Cullerton.

HB 1362 passed the Senate and House.

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