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Annual Landfill Capacity Report

Twenty-First Annual Landfill
 Capacity Report - 2007

Reporting Period: Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2007

On Jan. 1, 2008, forty-eight landfills reported almost 988.6 million gate cubic yards of remaining capacity.  In 2007, 46 landfills in Illinois accepted waste for disposal.  In the Agency's 21st annual report on landfill disposal and available landfill capacity in Illinois, we report to you many useful facts about landfills and pollution control facilities throughout the state.

An issue for local commerce is the closure of any of these active landfills.  As of Feb. 1, 2008, River Bend Prairie Landfill, Dolton remains the only facility open to take wastes from Cook County.  By the end of January 2008, another landfill had closed in Hillside, even though the landfill named Congress Development Company had reported some available capacity as of Jan. 1, 2008.  Landfill closures also have an unfortunate resultant effect on revenues available to implement local recycling and environmental education programs.

Three landfills near Harrisburg, Jerseyville and Streator continued to remain inactive through most, if not all, of the year 2007; although they again reported capacity remaining as of Jan. 1, 2008.

During 2007, Illinois EPA approved a 14.9 acre lateral landfill expansion on March 13 at ADS/McLean County Landfill, Bloomington.  At Laraway RDF, Elwood, we approved a vertical expansion on October 30, adding 2.2 more years to site life.  These expansions were included in the statewide capacity figures reported by landfill operators on Jan. 1, 2008.

There were additional expansions that were approved by Illinois EPA's Bureau of Land Permit Section in the time period between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2008 that were not included in the capacity reported by landfill operators to the Illinois EPA on Jan. 1, 2008.  Therefore information about these approved expansions will appear in the next annual report: at River Bend Prairie, Dolton, a horizontal expansion of 2.94 acres was approved on January 2; at Rochelle Municipal #2, a vertical expansion above Unit 2 was approved on May 16 and at Winnebago Landfill, Rockford, a horizontal expansion of the North Unit (66.6 acres) was also approved on May 16, 2008.

Besides 46 landfills, 109 active transfer stations and 40 active compost facilities are also available to handle waste generated in Illinois.  This list includes the new Clinton County Compost Site that was opened on Centralia on Mar. 7, 2007.  Another new compost facility named Land & Lakes Quarry, Romeoville, was permitted by Illinois EPA to open on Oct. 16, 2007, although it did not actually open for business until Mar. 4, 2008.

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 17 counties, Ambraw Valley Solid Waste Agency and the City of Chicago.  They have our Agency's authority delegated to them 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
Director
Ilinois EPA
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