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MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — A local landfill has reached capacity and is closing at the end of the month.

The McLean County Transfer Station, which accepts non-hazardous solid waste for landfilling, will remain in operation with no changes in the current services offered.

Going forward, municipal solid waste collected at the transfer station will be landfilled at the Livingston County Landfill, outside Pontiac. It has an estimated 50-year capacity remaining.

Leaders say the closure has been expected for nearly a decade.

Michael Brown, executive director of the Ecology Action Center and solid waste coordinator for McLean explained, “While landfill capacity in central Illinois remains high, there is interest in building upon decades of successful recycling programs to divert more from the landfill for economic benefit where possible instead of shipping it further away for landfilling.”

Dan Winters, general manager of the West Central Illinois of Republic Services, said disposal costs for local municipalities are not expected to increase with the change to disposal at the Livingston facility.

The City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal are under a 2014 agreement with Republic Services for waste disposal with a set price schedule which adjusts annually. This agreement is automatically renewed on an annual basis through 2021.

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