Illinois Pegs Landfill Capacity Life at 23 Years

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

August 29, 2012

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Illinois Pegs Landfill Capacity Life at 23 Years

Illinois has 23 years of landfill life remaining, according to a new report by the state’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Landfill capacity grew by less than 1 percent in Illinois in 2011 from the previous year, according the Springfield-based agency’s news release. Illinois had more thanone billion gate cubic yards of landfill capacity in 45 landfills at the beginning of 2012. That reflects an increase of more than 2.8 million gate cubic yards from the year-ago period.

Illinois landfills accepted 46.2 million gate cubic yards of municipal waste in 2011. Of that amount, 6.1 million gate cubic yards were accepted at out-of-state landfills. That amount rose 2.3 percent from the previous year.

No landfills opened or closed during the year.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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