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New rules, expansion proposed for two county landfills

Updated: March 23, 2013 6:28AM



Waste Management wants Will County officials to work on getting federal restrictions lifted that ban out-of-county garbage at Prairie View landfill and limit its lifespan to 23 years.

The company also would like to expand its Laraway Road landfill.

Both landfills have been successful environmentally and financially, kicking out almost $12 million in fees to taxing bodies, Waste Management representatives said at Thursday’s Will County leadership meeting.

Will County leaders were receptive to the company’s ideas and they agreed to enter informal talks on both requests. The proposals also would require new host agreements with the county that could increase future revenues.

Prairie View Landfill in Florence Township is county owned but managed by Waste Management. Because the landfill was built on former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant land, Congress had a say in how the land would be transferred to the county.

Former U.S. Rep. Jerry Weller, R-Morris, got a measure passed through Congress that forced Prairie View to close by 2027 and banned out-of-county garbage. Prairie View will not be full by 2027, so closing it then would be premature, said Lee Addleman, a business development consultant for Waste Management

If Congress lifts the restrictions, the county could decide how much garbage could be accepted from other counties, he said. Also, Will County garbage would take priority and its residents would be charged less, Addleman said.

The Laraway Road landfill in Joliet Township began operations in 2010 as an industrial waste site. The facility is so successful, it will be filled sooner than expected and Waste Management would like to expand that operation as well, Addleman said.

Both requests will be reviewed by the county’s Waste Services Division and County Executive Larry Walsh’s office.



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