Suburban organic landfill one step closer to reality

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CHICAGO -- A new organic composting landfill is one step closer to becoming a reality in the northwest suburbs.

Cook County commissioners approved it this afternoon over the passionate objections from people who will live near the landfill.

Patriot Acres wants to use land just east of Des Plaines River  in the 9800 block of East Central for the project.

People who live nearby are worried the landfill will increase traffic in the area and hurt the environment. It is surrounded by forest preserves.

They are also worried about the smell.

The owners say the nearest home is 2,500 feet away. They also say they will comply with all state and federal environmental standards and will take steps to minimize the smell.

Both sides spoke passionately before the County Commissioners voted.

Despite getting approval this afternoon, Patriot Acers still needs to get the green light from several environmental regulatory agencies and those who fought against the project today plan to keep fighting Patriot Acers every step of the way.

If Patriot Acres gets all the approvals it needs, they say they’d like to get the landfill up and running by October.