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Landfill report shows 23 years of capacity

Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:27:23 CDT
By: AP

An annual report on landfills in Illinois shows there is enough remaining space for refuse that will be accumulated over the next 23 years. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's 25th annual report on nonhazardous solid waste management indicates 45 landfills in the state had more than 1 billion cubic yards of space left for garbage. That's up less than 1 percent from the year before. Officials say it's important to remember space fluctuates from year to year as areas within landfills are filled and new ones open. EPA interim director John Kim says the report provides helpful information to citizens, local governments and the state in regulating solid waste facilities. Increased capacity statewide came from expansion approvals for landfills in Zion, and Rochelle.

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