A few days ago the Illinois EPA released its latest Annual Landfill Capacity Report.

Now that you’ve recovered from the excitement of this news, I’ll explain: that’s a document detailing how much waste residents and businesses in the state are generating each year, how much of it’s being recycled or composted, and how much is being trucked to landfills. And the latest edition, covering 2008, shows that the state continues to produce garbage at a rate that’s dangerous to the environment and costly to the economy. Our way of doing business in Chicago is mostly to blame.