Local Landfills Filling Up, Plans for New Space Underway

Published 07/17 2014 10:26PM

Updated 07/17 2014 10:28PM

PEORIA - The Illinois EPA warns many landfills in central Illinois are running out of room. The new report shows the spaces available for our garbage will be full in 21 years. 
The city of Peoria and Peoria County co-own two landfills.  Both properties are expected to be full within eight years. 
Mike Rogers, Peoria Public Works director, says the city began the process for a third landfill in 2011. The Peoria Disposal Company is working toward permits to begin construction. It takes an average of five years to prepare a landfill, and the city says the next one will be different.
"One of the things that is going to be included in landfill number three will be a new recycling center. We want to make sure we're trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible with our whole solid waste collections,” said Rogers.
Peoria County and the city are working with a consultant to repurpose one of the landfills.

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