The Illinois Recycling Association is the collective voice for recycling on critical waste management issues facing this state. Your interests are represented 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.  The name was changed to IRA in 1990.  The association’s membership consists of municipal, county and state recycling coordinators, businesses, haulers and processors, not for profit organizations, educational institutions, consultants, manufacturers of recycled-content products and individuals interested in the industry.

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:

  • Provide 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.  Membership enables you to keep up with the latest developments and network with recycling colleagues. Learn more about some of the benefits on the Membership page.