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Annual Landfill Capacity Report

Nineteenth Annual Landfill
 Capacity Report - 2005

Reporting Period: Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2005

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
Ilinois EPA
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Executive Summary

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.

The report is divided into sections representing Illinois EPA administrative regions. Each regional section includes specification pages describing the chief physical characteristics of each landfill.

The list of active waste management facilities during 2005 includes 51 landfills, 102 transfer stations and 40 compost sites.

Illinois municipal solid waste landfills are required to report to the Illinois EPA the quantities of solid waste they receive each year, and to calculate and report the amount of remaining capacity on the first day of the following year.

During 2005, 51 landfills reported receiving a total of almost 52.3 million gate cubic yards (more than 15.8 million gate tons) of waste. This volume was almost 1.5 million gate cubic yards less than the total received during 2004, a 2.7 percent decline.

As of Jan. 1, 2006, 51 landfills reported having a combined remaining capacity of almost 980.4 million gate cubic yards (almost 297.1 million gate tons), or almost 6.1 million gate cubic yards less than on Jan. 1, 2005, a decline of less than one (0.6) percent.

Dividing wastes disposed during 2005 by capacity remaining on Jan. 1, 2006, indicates an overall landfill life expectancy in Illinois of 19 years at 2005 disposal rates and barring capacity adjustments.

A new landfill in Region 3: Indian Creek Landfill #2, Hopedale, is open. One landfill, Kankakee RDF, Chebanse closed in November 2005. Expansions were approved at Lee County Landfill, Dixon, and at Roxana Landfill Inc., Roxana, in 2005.

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