"We continue to move
forward on our commitment to improve waste management throughout the
state," said Illinois EPA Director Doug Scott. "The data we collect
provides valuable information for both affected citizens and for us
as we develop, implement and enforce regulations to control waste
management facilities and inspect them so that they will operate
well in Illinois."
The report shows remaining capacity of more
than 1 billion gate cubic yards in the 48 Illinois landfills that
reported as of Jan. 1, 2009. This is up over 10 percent from 2007.
The 45 landfills active in 2008 accepted more than 50 million gate
cubic yards of municipal waste for disposal.
Capacity from a new facility in Clinton and available from
several expansions permitted, including one at Winnebago Landfill in
Rockford, was included in the report. The landfills permitted to
expand also include those in Rochelle and Dolton.
Landfills continue to get larger, while the number of landfills
in Illinois declines. Data from 1999 shows 53 landfills, with just
under 793 million gate cubic yards available on Jan. 1, 2000.
By the end of January 2008, Congress Development Co. had closed
its landfill in Hillside. As of Feb. 1, 2008, River Bend Prairie
Landfill, Dolton, was the only operating landfill in Cook County.
However, there are 73 transfer stations in the Chicago metropolitan
region, some that handle both waste and recyclables. Another
landfill closure occurred in April 2009, when ERC/Coles County
Landfill, Charleston, ceased accepting waste and a transfer station
operated by another company opened at the same location.
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In addition to 45 active landfills, there are 105 active transfer
stations and 39 active compost facilities available to handle waste
generated in Illinois. Landfills continue to be the primary method
for disposal of waste, at 54 percent nationwide. The 2008 annual
report includes four new transfer stations in the Chicago
metropolitan area and a new compost facility in Romeoville that
opened in March 2008. By mid-2009, two new landfills also opened in
DeWitt and Henry counties.
Inspections of waste management facilities are conducted by
personnel from Illinois EPA's seven regional field offices and
delegated partners. As delegated partners, 17 counties have
authority from the state agency to inspect landfills, transfer
stations and compost sites in their jurisdictions and to investigate
citizen complaints about illegal dumping of waste.
The 22nd annual
report is available on the Illinois EPA Web site at
Environmental Protection Agency
file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]