Woodland Recycling and Disposal Facility

South Elgin, Illinois, United States

Certified Gold through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Wetlands & Water Bodies
Purple Martin
Red-Tailed Hawk
Wood Duck
Tree Frog and Snakes
Reptiles & Amphibians
About the Program
The Waste Management Tri-County Landfill facility located in South Elgin, IL covers approximately 46 acres. It is a capped landfill and former superfund site. The site is mostly grassland with some wetland areas. The site is located in a mixture of rural suburban areas. The team actively manages the grassland to support wildlife and monitors the wetland for native species.

Practices and Impacts
  • The capped landfill has become an ideal site for grasslands that the team mows periodically in an attempt to suppress woody species establishment. This grassland habitat provides the basis for an ecosystem that supports many of their projects focusing on native species.
  • The boundary areas of this parcel of land also support wetlands that the project team hopes will host frogs, snakes and other wetland species. To support this goal, the team has installed PVC pipes to attract and house frogs and has placed cover boards on the ground to provide protection for snakes. Additionally, with the proximity of the grassland habitat, the two together can support an even greater diversity of local species, by providing both forage and water sources.
  • To support local bluebird populations, the site features bluebird boxes that the team monitors periodically, and they clean the boxes once per year. 
  • The site also has purple martin houses that the team monitors throughout the warmer seasons. They clean them once per year.  The goal is to support and increase purple martin populations.
  • The site has made an excellent habitat for raptors such as the red-tailed hawk. The project team has placed stands and encourages the building of brush piles. Rotational or seasonal mowing of grasslands promotes use by small mammals providing prey for hawks. They hope to increase hunting area and perching locations for raptor species.
  • The project team has placed ten wood duck houses on the property, close to the wetland area.  The goal is to encourage the historically endangered, but now stable, duck population to thrive locally.
  • A bat house was also installed in 2012 in support of the team’s goal of increasing local bat populations.