Modern, engineered landfills are regulated under Title 35 of the Illinois Administrative Code, the Illinois Environmental Protection Act and facility-specific permits issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. These regulations specify procedures and standards for the development, operation and closure of landfills to minimize pollution and off-site impacts.
Also under these regulations, State fees were established for each non-exempt ton of waste received in Illinois landfills . The graduated fee scale requires that landfills, which receive more than 150,000 cubic yards of waste in a year, submit a Subtitle D Fee at the rate of $0.22 for every ton collected along with a Solid Waste Tipping Fee of $2.00 per ton . The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is the recipient of the Subtitle D fees and approximately 70% of the Solid Waste Tipping Fees. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity receives the remaining Solid Waste Tipping Fees.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Act also authorizes local governments that host a landfill to either collect a surcharge at the rate of $1.27 for every non-exempt ton of waste or collect a negotiated community host fee. Macon County entered into a Host Agreement with the owners/operators of Valley View Landfill and receives community host fees from Advanced Disposal Services. A portion of the fees are budgeted to the Macon County Environmental Management Department to fund programs for recycling and safe disposal. Click here for more information about department financing.