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The Zion Landfill originally opened in approximately 1976 and accepts MSW, C&D, non-hazardous industrial waste, contaminated soil and asbestos. The average daily volume of MSW and C&D is 1,500 tons per day. Contaminated soil and industrial waste volumes can range from 0 to 5,000 tons per day with the average being around 1,000 tons per day. There is no regulated daily maximum. Zion Landfill has a 6,750 kilowatt electrical generation plant that puts power out to the local electric grid – powering homes or businesses in the neighborhood or transmitted via power lines all over the region. Energy Developments owns the power plant and Zion receives a royalty from the sale of the electricity produced. Host fees are paid to the City of Zion, the Zion Park District, the Village of Winthrop Harbor, the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, and Lake County. Leachate is trucked off-site for disposal at the Kenosha Wastewater Treatment Plant. Currently the site has life until approximately 2028.
This facility is permitted to accept waste from all counties in Illinois and surrounding states and accepts waste from Advanced Disposal subsidiaries and third party companies.