Waste Unit’s web database search. With this database, one can determine the status of permit
applications that have been submitted.
A Solid Waste Unit web database search located at
http://epadata.epa.state.il.us/land/solidwaste is designed to inform the public about
applications submitted, or permits obtained from the Bureau of Land (BOL). The Section issues
permits for the management of non-hazardous waste at landfills, transfer stations, compost and
waste storage, treatment, processing and recovery facilities.
On the search results page, the log number is linked to a brief description of the application. The
main identifiers for applications are:
1. Any part of the BOL name of the site
2. The closest city to the site or
3. The county where the facility is located
Choose search method from “Active” or “Inactive” applications:
"Active" means an application is pending for the site. "Inactive" means that there are no
applications currently pending, but there may be applications for which the Section has taken
final action (issued, denied or withdrawn).
Further searches may be made by city, county or site name. For more help in using this database
search, contact the BOL Permit Reviewer on call at 217-524-3300.
Public versus Private Ownership and Operation of Landfills in Illinois
The City of Salem was the last municipality to both own and operate a landfill. Their Public
Works Department still operates a compost site at the landfill location.
There are, however, cities that still own landfills in the state, but do not operate them. For
example, in Region 1, Northwestern Illinois, the City of Rochelle owns the landfill located there;
and in Region 3, Peoria/Quad Cities, the City of Peoria jointly owns the Peoria City/County
Landfill No. 2 landfill with the County of Peoria.
There are also counties that own and/or operate landfills. Whiteside County owns the Prairie
Hill RDF in Morrison, in Northwestern Illinois (Region 1). Will County owns Prairie View RDF
in Joliet in the Chicago Metropolitan Area (Region 2) and Knox County located in the
Peoria/Quad Cities area (Region 3) both owns and operates their own landfill; also the County of
Peoria jointly owns the Peoria City/County Landfill No. 2 landfill with the City of Peoria.
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