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

A new law sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will require state agencies that are 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. “It’s our duty to continue to look for methods to protect Illinois’ ecosystem. Every small step we take makes a huge difference for generations to come.”

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 need to continue to look for ways to be more environmentally savvy in Illinois,” said Cullerton.

The governor signed House Bill 1362 into law on July 14, 2015 and takes effect immediately.