Twenty-Fourth Annual Landfill Capacity Report

Reporting Period: Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2010

Forty-five landfills reported more than one billion gate cubic yards of remaining capacity as of January 1, 2011, down 5.4 percent from a year ago. It should be noted that this figure included capacity from four inactive facilities in Fairview, Harrisburg, Jerseyville and Streator as well as a landfill in Greenville that closed in 2010. The figure for remaining capacity also included capacity from one landfill expansion permitted during 2010 at Laraway RDF, Elwood/Joliet.

Since the last reporting period of calendar year, between the time frame of January and June 2011, the application for an expansion at Veolia ES Zion landfill in Zion was approved. Rochelle’s landfill expansion proposal was approved on July 18, 2011. As of June 30, 2011, landfill expansions were still under review at landfills in Decatur, Rochelle, Rockford and Milan. None of this capacity was reported as available on Jan. 1, 2011.

In 2010, 43 active landfills in Illinois accepted more than 46.1 million gate cubic yards of municipal waste for disposal. No new landfills opened in 2010.

During 2010, however, three of these 43 landfills closed. Landfill closure during 2010 occurred at Bond County Landfill, Greenville, on March 31st; Clinton Landfill #2, Clinton, on June 15th; and Salem Municipal Landfill #2, Salem, on October 15th.

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 to investigate citizen complaints about illegal dumping of waste.

The Illinois EPA hopes you will find this information about landfills useful and instructive and welcomes your comments and suggestions as to how it may be improved. Email Ellen J. Robinson, Project Manager or call her at 217-785-8604 with your comments and suggestions.

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