Twenty-Sixth Annual Landfill Capacity Report

Reporting Period: Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012

How to use Illinois EPA's Landfill Capacity Report

Nonhazardous Solid Waste Management and Landfill Capacity in Illinois is Illinois EPA’s annual report describing the management of nonhazardous municipal solid waste by the State’s solid waste landfills. The report is divided into sections representing Illinois EPA’s administrative regions. Region 1 includes Northwestern Illinois counties; Region 2 includes Chicago Metropolitan counties; Region 3 includes Peoria/Quad Cities area counties; Region 4 includes East Central Illinois counties; Region 5 includes West Central Illinois counties; Region 6 includes Metropolitan East St. Louis counties; and Region 7 includes Southern Illinois counties.

Each regional section includes specification pages describing the chief physical characteristics of each landfill. Provided are: its location’s address and phone, quantities of wastes received for the last two years, the landfill’s certified remaining capacity for the last two reporting dates, the Agency regional field office or delegated local authority that inspects the facility and the name, address and phone number of the landfill’s owner and operator. In all, this report includes details of 47 landfills, including two landfills under development.

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 available or existing on the first day of the following year.

During 2012, 40 landfills reported receiving more than 39.8 million gate cubic yards of waste. This volume was more than 6.3 million gate cubic yards less than the total received during 2011, a 13.7 percent decrease.

As of Jan. 1, 2013, 43 landfills reported having a combined remaining capacity of 1.1 billion gate cubic yards, or 3.3 million gate cubic yards more than on Jan. 1, 2012, an increase of less than one (0.3) percent.

Dividing wastes disposed during 2012 by capacity remaining on Jan. 1, 2013, indicates a landfill life expectancy in Illinois of 26 years, at 2012 disposal rates, barring capacity adjustments, until capacity is depleted state-wide. However, a close proximity of landfills to the waste generation site and also ownership of the facility can affect where waste is deposited.

Full Report

You can download the full report or individual sections.

Full Report (67 pages)