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Exciting Events in 2017

May 17th.  The first event of 2017 was held in Bradley IL at Restoration Works.  Owner & President Gail Wallace led a tour through her 30,000 sq ft facility that restores forest wood doors & windows, such as windows at Yale University and Orchestra Hall Chicago, to their original quality.  The process uses Light Wave Stripper, a revolutionary green method that strips paint from wood using no chemicals and results in a 90% reduction in toxic waste.

July 20th This evening symposium, Two Professors Talkin’ Trash, was held at Roosevelt University Chicago.  It was a lively, entertaining conversation about the history of waste reclamation.  Dr Carl Zimring of the Pratt Institute Brooklyn lead the discussion about many of the products made from recycled material, from sports cards to guitars, and featured excerpts from his book Aluminum Upcycled: Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective.  Dr Steven Corey from Columbia College Chicago served as curator for the noted exhibition “Garbage! The History and Politics of Trash in NYC” and talked about why recycling is often seen as a burden.

September 12th The 3rd and final event for the year was entitled Revitalizing Plastics Recycling, featuring a panel of five speakers.  Dr BK Sharma demonstrated converting plastic to oil through pyrolysis.  Attendees also witnessed expanded polystyrene being densified at Dart Container’s Solo Cup plant in Urbana.

The day included IRA’s Annual Meeting which introduced new board members and awarded Karen Rozmus, formerly the Recycling Coordinator for the Village of Oak Park’s Department of Public Works, the Steve Apotheker award for Illinois Recycler of the Year.

2018 events are being planned.  Please re-visit our website regularly for updates.

This was a pivotal year for the Illinois Recycling Association.  The 2018 membership drive will begin soon.  Your support is needed to continue our work in encouraging responsible use of resources, providing educational leadership, promoting waste reduction, advancing market development that encourages sound recycling initiatives and acting as a voice for the recycling community on state legislative and policy matters.