EPA says Illinois landfills have enough capacity to last 21 years

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SPRINGFIELD - According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, municipal landfills in the state have a combined life expectancy of 21 years.

In the agency's annual report on landfill capacity, 42 landfills reported seeing over 45 million cubic yards of waste, and had more than 947 million cubic yards of capacity remaining.  The report is based on 2013 statistics.

The report also says that one facility reported zero remaining capacity, two facilities have become inactive, and one new facility opened.

The EPA says capacity can fluctuate from year to year because some landfill cells are filled, while others are opened.

Compost facilities and transfer stations are not included in the statistics because they don't permanently store waste.

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