The Peoria City/County Municipal Landfill Committee (Solid Waste Committee) met the third Wednesday, May 15th at 3 p.m. at City Hall. Items of note included that the Foth Engineering budget was slightly over expected expenditures because of the unexpected previous month IEPA Bureau of Air inspection and documents request.
For April, 10,000 gallons of landfill leachate were transported off-site (to the Greater Peoria Sanitary District)
for treatment and discharge.
Newly installed solar powered sump pumps are running and are expected to help pull off more landfill leachate.
Work is also proceeding for installation of a new gas flare control system which will improve management of the landfill off-gassing.
Landfill waste receipts were again down for the previous month. Year 2019 shows 49,493.97 tons received through April compared to 53,064.63 in 2018.
Joyce Blumenshine, Observer
The Peoria City County Landfill Committee met on April 17th, its regular third Wednesday of the month at
3 p.m. in Room 404 of Peoria City Hall. Committee member Rick Fox was requested to lead the meeting
by Chairman Steve Morris, who could not attend.
County Sustainability staff member Karen Raithel announced several E-waste and other collection events and April Earth Day/Month promotions, which are posted on the County website.
The Foth Engineering report included that the 2018 Landfill #1 annual report was being completed and approval was requested for signature when done as this landfill is under the responsibility of the City/County for ongoing maintenance and monitoring.
PDC has already completed their report for what will be Landfill #3, which they will operate when completed.
The Illinois EPA Bureau of Air made a site visit to Landfill #2, the current operating landfill, which is run by Waste
Management (WM). The last IEPA air inspection was in 2016.
Work continues to repair landfill gas flares that were impacted by the extreme winter weather. Foth and WM are submitting a joint report. WM noted that the amount of garbage for the previous month is again down. There was discussion that the budget for the year may need to be adjusted if this downward trend continues. Committee Member Pat Nichting asked if this could be due to the City of Peoria going to twice a month recycling pick-ups. Comment was that it could be a slight impact. Mr. Nichting said industry news shows landfill receipts are down 5% but Peoria is seeing a 15% drop and he asked for a report at the next meeting to better monitor the decline so the
Committee can discuss what can be done. One comment was waste haulers may be going to other locations.
There was discussion of an offer from an adjacent landowner to sell property to the landfill among several
Solar energy was still listed on the agenda, however there has been no action or updates.
Joyce Blumenshine, Observer
The Peoria City County Landfill Committee met at their regular time, 3 p.m. on the third
Wednesday, February 20th, at City Hall room 404. Chairman Steve Morris presided.
The Foth Engineering Report included information for rehabbing the landfill gas flare station. Discussion
covered if the gas could be collected and put to use instead of being flared, but the concern was raised about lack of enough gas to make that economical for the present. There is interest in looking at what can be done in five to ten years.
Chris Coulter, PDC, reported that 4,000 households have been added to Peoria recycling pick-up since the bi-weekly pick-up with no cost up front for a toter have begun and there are now 14,000 households participating.
The Peoria City County Landfill Committee met January 16th, 3 pm at Peoria City Hall room 404 with Chairman
Steve Morris presiding.
Karen Raithel, Peoria County Sustainability and Resource Conservation Director announced that recycling drop-off locations at the Northpoint Shopping Center off of Knoxville Avenue and at Sterling Bazaar off of Sterling Avenue would soon be closed and that Peoria residents should use their city-wide option of curbside recycling pick-ups.
The first part of the Foth Engineering report covered continued monitoring of pollutants. Repeated incidences of acetone were decided to be false positives from contamination in lab testing and not actually showing high landfill levels.
The Peoria City County Landfill Committee met their usual third Wednesday, May 16, at 3 pm, in Room 404 at Peoria City Hall.
Public comment included a request for explanation of some of the chemicals showing up in groundwater monitoring and how some are determined not to be not site related and others have continued testing.
Committee Chair Steve Morris asked that Foth engineering address the questions during their Groundwater Update report. Some test wells are affected by migrating landfill gasses. Other things that happen are contaminants that are from the coal mining done at the site before it became a landfill or testing at the lab. If a level of concern is detected, there is a time-frame for follow-up testing, which often shows no further action is needed. If levels remain of concern, the next step is a determination of the source and assessment monitoring is done. The testing looks for a statistically significant change as they want to know if the landfill is affecting groundwater.
June 21, 2017 - At the 3 pm meeting at Peoria City Hall Room 404. Chairman Steve Morris
welcomed new City Council member Zach Oyler to the committee. He was appointed to take the city representative position held previously by Councilman Tim Riggenbach.
The Foth Engineering report included their detailed assessment of the remaining capacity of the current landfill Cell 2. This landfill is operated by Waste Management. It is expected to reach capacity sometime between 2020 and 2021 and has about 1.4 million cubic yards remaining.
May landfill leachate removal was 29,000 gallons which shows definite improvement from the 5,000 gallons pulled off last year at the same time.
April 19, 2017- The first City County Landfill Committee meeting chaired by County Board member Steve Morris was on March 15th. Mr Morris's appointment was announced at the February meeting. Past chairman Les Bergsten continues his many years of service with the committee as an appointed citizen member. Sharon Williams is on Landfill Committee to replace County Board member Lynn Scott Pearson who did not run for re-election to the County Board.
Discussion continued on issues regarding free residential pick-up truck size loads of trash that are brought to the landfill. This topic began several months ago when Mr. Morris raised concern about a resident who phoned him saying they were charged an excessive amount for discarding a couch.
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