Mapping America’s Dumping Grounds

At what point are we going to change our wasteful ways? At what point will we take recycling, repurposing, and reuse seriously? The two (2) maps provided should break every American’s heart.

Sometimes, while driving our nation’s highways, I am taken aback by the number of landfills one can see just from the interstates.  But these are certainly not alone. All too often, landfills are located in obscure or remote locations so we don’t have to visualize them…their smell…their sound…or their truck traffic.

As a result, instead of sweeping the image of landfills under the rug, perhaps future landfills should be proposed only in very visible locations – near highways, homes, cities, airports, and schools. That way, Americans will be bluntly reminded of their wasteful ways and actually might begin to take action to reduce our nation’s waste problem.

As stewards of the Earth – let’s collectively start acting like it – both on the land and on the seas.

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2 Responses to Mapping America’s Dumping Grounds

  1. The problem with highly visible landfills is that they still have to be kept covered enough so that the trash doesn’t get blown out by the wind, or become easily available to trespassing humans who want to remove stuff or cause more problems. Landfills used to be the answer to air-polluting incineration. Now they’re topographic and hydrologic contaminants. We can’t solve this solid waste problem just by conserving, composting, and the 3 R’s listed above. We also need to break down recalcitrant residues of the aforementioned steps by pyrolysis and/or incineration with full pollution controls on the smokestacks.

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    • problogic says:

      You make good points – I was being somewhat sarcastic about making them more visible. Too often with the general public landfills are ought of sight, out if mind.


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