This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Chicago trash

A reader of this blog gave me an article from the Chicago Tribune that reported the controversy about expanding a landfill in Dolton, IL. The article was less interesting than the graphic that came with it showing what happened to Chicago's 942,512 tons of trash in 2011. All of it ended in five landfills.
45.2% went to the Newton County Landfill.
38.5% was dumped at the Liberty Landfill near Monticello.
14.7% was buried in a landfill near Pontiac, IL.
Less than two percent went to two small landfills, one near Rockford, IL and the other at Dolton.

So over 80% of Chicago's trash either travels through our town or ends up a few miles to our west.

(The article was in the May 24, 2012 issue on page 14 of section 1. Here is the text.)

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