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Article posted: 8/28/2012 9:26 AM

State landfill space increases in 2011

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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 Prairie State garbage.

That's up less than 1 percent from the year before. And officials say it's important to remember that 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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