Illinois landfills have about 21 years’ worth of capacity, according to an annual report from the state Environmental Protection Agency. But don’t panic.

“The facilities that we have – many of them do have the ability to look to expansions,” says agency spokeswoman Kim Biggs. “We have sufficient landfill space for what’s being disposed on an annual basis.”


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In the 2013 calendar year, landfills at Atkinson and Jerseyville were listed as inactive, and a new one opened in the fall at East St. Louis.

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