Illinois Recycling Association
Illinois Recycling Association
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The Illinois Recycling Association is the only collective voice for recycling on critical waste management issues facing this state. We represent your interests at the state level.

History of the Illinois Recycling Association

The Illinois Recycling Association (IRA), a not-for-profit organization, was formed in 1980 as the Illinois Association of Recycling Centers, and changed its name to IRA in 1990. It currently has over 100 members consisting of municipal, county, and state recycling coordinators, businesses, haulers and processors, not-for-profit organizations, consultants, and manufacturers of recycled-content products.

Mission Statement

The Illinois Recycling Association’s mission is to encourage the responsible use of resources by promoting Waste Reduction, Re-Use, and Recycling.

The IRA strives to:

  • trashcan-98531_640Provide educational leadership through forums, programs, and materials for the exchange of information and ideas;
  • Promote waste reduction, re-use, and recycling through public education; and
  • Promote market development that encourages sound recycling initiatives.
  • Acts as voice for the recycling community on state legislative and policy matters.

We welcome everyone whose work is related to recycling in any way to Join Us. IRA is comprised of recycling professionals in government, business, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Membership enables you to keep up with the latest developments and network with hundreds of recycling colleagues. Learn more about some of the benefits on our Membership page.

Board of Directors


President Kris Kaar, Senior Consultant
Resource Recycling Systems


Mary Margaret Cowhey, Land and Lakes


Jenny Kinter, Sales Manager, Southwind RAS


Paula Cross
Retired Recycling Specialist at Macon County Environmental Management Department


Susan Barton
Facilities Director, Shedd Aquarium

Rasham Grewal
Head of Marketing and PR, USAgain

Kristy Hecke
Solid Waste Manager, McHenry County Department of Health

Bert Jacobson
Retired Dean Environmental & Institutional Sustainability Kankakee Community College

Adam Jaquet
Eagle Enterprises Recycling, Inc.

Lisa Kneller
Vintage Tech Recyclers

Mike Nowak
Host of the Mike Nowak Show on 1590 WCGO

Ron Tazelaar
President of Economy Disposal Service, Inc. and TAZ Construction and Demolition Recycling LLC


James Jennings
Illinois EPA

Carol Staniec
U.S. EPA Region 5