Chicago Plastic Recycler

Published on 11 June 2010 by in Recycling


Bad news awaited these folks…thought this article was interesting:

Chicago-area plastics recycler arrested for felony dumping

Plastic recycling firm D&Y Trade, Inc., of South Elgin, Illinois, its CEO, Yu Tan Zheng, and fellow D&Y employee, An Hong, have been indicted on one felony count each for water pollution, as well as additional misdemeanor charges. South Elgin Police, in conjunction with the state Attorney General’s Office, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard, closed down the business on May 21st when they discovered that D&Y Trade was illegally occupying a building, following a complaint from an area resident.
Law enforcement officials observed an alleged employee of the business disposing of the contents of a large plastic drum into a nearby storm drain. Samples taken from the nearby river have tested positive for industrial cleaners toxic to fish. Defendants are scheduled to appear in court on July 9th and could face a maximum of three years in prison and a $25,000 fine for each day the violation occurred.

Cited by: Plastics Recycling Update, June 10, 2010

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