Illinois Town Has the Dirt on P3s

An Illinois town is using a public-private partnership to convert a closed landfill into a $3.88 million cross-country course.

The Kane County Forest Preserve District, which manages the Settler’s Hill landfill in Geneva, Ill., with Waste Management, has already used other parts of the property for sports venues. An existing ice arena has been upgraded, and a golf course and minor-league baseball stadium have been added.

Tons of clean fill dirt will be needed to prepare for the course, and that’s were P3 helps. Rather than spend $250,000 to buy soil, the county instead offered Heartland Recycling a more convenient site to haul dirt. Heartland will pay Kane County $1.25 per cubic yard dumped at the landfill – and the cross-country track needs at least 250,000 cubic yards.

What could have been a $250,000 cost is instead a potential $312,500 revenue stream that will help pay for redevelopment of Settler’s Hill, expected to be complete in 2019.

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