Bruce Rauner, Governor
Nineteenth Annual Landfill
|The capacity remaining in Illinois
landfills as of January 1,
2006, decreased slightly, less than one percent. The
available space overall should serve the State’s residents
for at least another 19 years. In this, the Agency’s 19th annual
report on landfill disposal and available landfill capacity in Illinois,
we report to you not only the remaining capacity, but many other
useful facts about landfills and pollution control facilities
throughout the state.
Since its inception 35 years ago, the Illinois EPA has overseen the development and operation of a productive system of modern sanitary landfills. The Agency continues to ensure that these facilities meet the strictest disposal standards in history, and that they are engineered to be fully protective of human health and the environment, especially where it concerns any possibility of groundwater contamination.
In 2005, the number of active landfills in Illinois accepting waste was 51. Years of waste disposal remaining for these landfills, however, varied tremendously from region to region; ranging from nine years in the Chicago Metropolitan area to 51 years in Southern Illinois.
During 2005, Indian Creek Landfill #2, Hopedale, received a significant modification permit and re-opened. Two other landfills remain under development in Atkinson and Marion.
Roxana Landfill Inc. was allowed to expand both vertically and horizontally on June 6, 2005. On June 8, 2006, Lee County Landfill, Dixon, was permitted to expand.
Kankakee Recycling & Disposal Facility, Chebanse, ceased accepting waste on November 18, 2005. RCS Landfill Inc., Jerseyville, decided for business reasons to de-activate their landfill on April 28, 2006. These activities of landfill operators to close landfills affect the local governments who rely on revenue from landfill fees to fund recycling programs.
In 2005, 102 active transfer stations and 40 active compost facilities were available to help manage waste generated in Illinois. Inspections of waste management facilities are conducted by personnel from Illinois EPA’s seven regional field offices and our delegated partners. Our delegated partners include 18 counties, Ambraw Valley Solid Waste Agency and the City of Chicago. They have the authority to inspect landfills, transfer stations and compost sites in their jurisdictions, and investigate citizen complaints about illegal dumping of waste.
The Illinois EPA hopes you will find this information useful and instructive and welcomes your comments and suggestions as to how it may be improved.
Douglas P. Scott
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Full Report (330 pages, 4.2 MB)
Introduction (29 pages, 1.8 MB)
Form 272: Report Documentation Page
This is the Illinois EPA's 19th Annual Report
describing the management of nonhazardous
municipal solid waste by the state’s solid waste
landfills, transfer stations and compost facilities.
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