- Posted April 30, 2012 by
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Impact Your World
No Chicago Landfills
Currently, the City of Chicago is trying to block an attempt by Land and Lakes, Co. to legally disconnect 87-acres from Chicago to have them attached to the neighboring City of Dolton. If this happens it would allow Land and Lakes, Co. to open a new landfill in a territory not restricted by the current city wide moratorium on landfills. Additionally, in February, Alderman Beale proposed to revoke the landfill moratorium that is currently in place until 2025. If the moratorium is lifted, the southeast side will be receiving the region’s trash for the next three decades.
Substantive environmental investment has been made to revitalize the Southeast Side including the Calumet River, Millennium Reserve and natural species. The southside Calumet Area is home to bald eagles, among other animals on the endangered species list, and would border the Calumet River which flows into Chicago’s river network. More landfills would take us several steps backward and halt decades of redevelopment and investments in the community. In addition, it contradicts Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s green efforts, which now include citywide curbside recycling by 2013.
Community groups urge State leaders to intervene and assure landfills not be built in areas supporting environmental progress and community health.