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    Contents I. Introduction II. Open dump and environmental problems III. Early landfills IV. Modern landfills V. Mariannhill Landfill, South Africa VI. Conclusion Introduction Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), also known as refuse, trash, rubbish or garbage, refers to a type of waste that comprises of items that are discarded by the public every day. The management of this waste has evolved over the years. This forms the basis of this essay. Open dump and environmental problems Open dumps are the illegally dumped and abandoned piles of refuse and garbage. These are usually in large quantities. In most countries, citizens are fined if found dumping their garbage at open dumps. These open dumps are mainly found in forests, swimming pools, abandoned buildings and forests. The reason as to why they are discouraged is because of their varied environmental effects. First, they breed pests, as well as vectors of diseases. This poses a great threat to the people in the environment. Other environmental effects include inhalation of toxic gases,…

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    Landfills have been around and used for many years. There are landfills that have been around since 1950’s and landfills can have an expectancy of 30-50 years (synonym). Landfills have their pro’s and cons. While the cons seemingly outweigh the cons, they are still present. For example, landfills help with county waste management costs. Counties that control their own waste and landfill management can save “roughly $2 million” (The Courier-Tribune) instead of sending solid waste out of the…

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    The reduction of landfill waste can reach to 75% of the 175 million tons of trash generated in the United States, according to a report created by Tellus Institute, an institute dedicated to recycling. About 60% of trash generated by Americans goes to landfills in the United States (Kulpinski) due to the ineffective recycling laws in the United States. Around 9,800 different local recycling plans operate in the United States, according to E.B., the Economist writer. Landfill wastes are known to…

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    The biggest landfill has 1,500 trucks delivering 12,000 tons of garbage a day. This landfill is in the suburbs of Los Angeles. The amount of waste that this landfill is currently holding is around 3.7 million tons. That amount of trash covers 700 acres and towers almost 500 feet tall ("Puente Hills..."). Smaller landfills are also becoming overused. Smaller towns do not have as much of land to work with like Los Angeles, so trash collectors are having to drive this trash to the next open…

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    Essay About Landfill

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    thrown out, it is often taken to a landfill, an area of land where refuse is taken and accumulates over time (“Landfill Problems”). Landfills provide a simple and low-cost solution to the copious amount of trash that people accumulate; however, these dome-shaped dumps seriously harm people and the environment. In fact, studies have shown that living too close to a landfill and inhaling the toxic gases that landfills are known to release has proven to cause various forms of cancer. The…

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    The two sides of the never ending battle between the pros and cons of bottled water and tap water takes a new victim with every statistic, but the fact of the matter is tap water takes the metaphorical cake in every instance. Not only does the regulation of tap water help the economy by making state sponsored jobs,and costing considerably less, but tap water is also better for the environment with no plastic bottles rotting away in landfills. The constant regulation of tap water also makes it…

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    Largest Landfill

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    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…

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    Incarcerating Landfills

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    dumps as “rag pickers” rely on rich individuals discarding items that can later be sold, their source of income is never guaranteed (Clarke, 2016). Dump owners and operators are aware that “the working conditions for waste pickers…are known to cause serious health issues” (Clarke, 2016). However, for residents in Delhi many have to choose between feeding their family and getting sick because of the toxins and chemicals, or not have money to feed their children and family. Some Delhi residents…

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    Recycling Landfills

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    Problem: Recycling is an over popularized issue that is often pushed to the side. For example, the city of Granbury does not provide, require, or promote recycling in any way. The city treats recycling as an option and not a necessity. In 2009, the United States produced enough trash to fill landfills with the weight of “88 million cars”. 161 million tons of this trash was “recyclable materials” that were later recovered. Each year numerous amounts of paper, bottles, electronics, aluminum,…

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    Nashua N. H.: A Case Study

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    The Four Hills Landfill in Nashua, N.H. has been in operation since 1971. It is a large facility encompassing some 300 acres in the southwest portion of the city. The landfill has been capped extensively and is nearing the end of its planned usage. Today several operations stills exist at the landfill including a gas to energy facility, recycling facilities and residential and commercial waste disposal. The site will reach capacity around 2030 when it will be capped permanently. The city is…

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