Waste Management : Recycling And Composting Essay

1181 Words Jan 28th, 2016 null Page
When you’re told that you’re visiting what used to be the largest landfill in the world, it’s not like you’re excited to see it, let alone smell it and stand in it. But as we stepped off the bus at Fresh Kills, we were greeted by green grass, wildflowers, and a cool breeze. I knew Fresh Kills was in the process of being capped and that in 30 years, it’d be one of the largest national parks and that parts were already open to the public but I wasn’t expecting rolling hills and seagulls. Fresh Kills was the only place New York City dumped its garbage for nearly half a century. On March 22, 2001 the largest landfill in the world closed and the transformation began. (Withgott, Brennan; 2007) 2,000 acres of trash, piling up to almost 225 ft high was to be capped and converted to a space where New York residents could actually live and play. The point of closing the landfill was to promote waste management. Recycling and composting are key elements but the one of the main goals is source reduction. This means minimizing waste at its source by spreading information and encouraging people to take responsibility for their garbage. Landfills are one of the few solutions to the disposal of solid waste. “In 2003, U.S. citizens produced 236 million tons of municipal solid waste.” (Withgott, Brennan; 2007) This trash comes from the throw-away society that we have become accustomed to. From our disposable silverware to disposable cameras, the things we throw away have to go somewhere.…

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