We’ve created this space for you to be able to follow the developments happening in the area, and for you to provide us with your feedback and suggestions. On this page you will find information about the landfill, hours of operation, current and upcoming projects, and plans and permits. Each section has the relevant documents attached to it for your perusal.
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At the bottom of the page is a contact form should you wish to provide us with any feedback or ask us any questions about Zion Landfill.
About the Landfill
Zion Landfill accepts municipal solid waste, contaminated soils, and special waste. Continually operated since 1981, the current landfill covers 317.9 acres and has a permitted disposal volume of 21,469,000 CY. The landfill services the areas of City of Zion, Lake County, Cook County, eastern McHenry County (including the following townships: Algonquin, Burton, Dorr, Grafton, Greenwood, Hebron, McHenry, Nunda and Richmond) and Kenosha County, Wisconsin.
Hours of Operation Monday to Friday: 6:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Closed on Sundays and major holidays.
Features and benefits
Key features of Zion Landfill are:
Permitted landfill under the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
Engineered and constructed landfill base liner systems.
Controlled and documented waste stream.
Leachate collection, management, and disposal systems.
Landfill gas collection and management systems.
Surface water management controls such as berms, ditches, and sedimentation ponds.
Groundwater monitoring program.
Perimeter litter fencing.
Odor control system.
Engineered and constructed final cover liner systems.
USDA bird and wildlife management program.
Perimeter landfill gas monitoring system.
Ambient air monitoring system.
Security fenced facility.
Public disposal drop-off area.
Third-party consultants perform construction observation and documentation.
Third-party consultants complete monitoring system sampling, testing, and reporting.
The landfill provides many benefits to the community. These include:
Cost-effective disposal for local residents versus transportation of waste to remote landfills
Helping deter illegal dumping
Alternate uses for generated landfill gas such as electricity production and renewable natural gas (RNG)
Providing local employment opportunities
Acting as a part of the local tax base
Providing potential alternate land uses when the facility is closed
Environmental Education Resource
Current Landfill Conditions
Annual New and Replacement Landfill Gas Well Installations
Annual LFG System and Controls Maintenance
Partial Site Closure and Final Cover System Installation
Screening Berm Construction (pending siting application and IEPA approvals)
Site 2 North Expansion Infrastructure (pending local siting application and IEPA approvals)
Sedimentation Basin Construction
Leachate Forcemain Installation
Employee Facility Entrance
Decommissioning Current Leachate Tank and Loadout Area
New Leachate Tank and Loadout Area Construction
Perimeter Road and Surface Water Control Construction
Perimeter Litter Fence Construction
Perimeter Security Fencing Installation
Landscaping and Additional Screening
New Landfill Gas Flare
New Maintenance Building
Landfill Gas Probes Installation
Groundwater Monitoring Wells Installation
Cell Excavation and Construction (pending local siting application and IEPA approvals)
Groundwater well graph: As there have been no reported exceedances, there is no report or graph provided at this time.
We are always looking to improve our facility. Should you have any comments, suggestions or feedback regarding the operations or development of the landfill, please feel free to reach out to us using the form below.