Twenty-Fifth Annual Landfill Capacity Report

Reporting Period: Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011

Forty-five landfills reported more than one billion gate cubic yards of remaining capacity as of January 1, 2012, up less than one percent from a year ago. This leaves the state with 23 years of landfill life remaining.

It should be noted that this figure included capacity from five inactive facilities in Fairview, Greenville, Harrisburg, Jerseyville and Streator. The figure for remaining capacity also included capacity from two landfill expansions permitted during 2011 at Veolia Environmental Services (ES) Zion, Zion and Rochelle Municipal Landfill No. 2, Rochelle.

During calendar year 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.

In 2011, 40 active landfills in Illinois accepted almost 46.2 million gate cubic yards of municipal waste for disposal. No new landfills opened in 2011 and no landfills closed during 2011. Landfills completing certification of closure in 2011 included ERC/Coles County Landfil/Charleston on July 27, 2011.

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. Contact Ellen J. Robinson, Project Manager at 217-524-3300, or by e-mail at with your comments and suggestions.

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