September 23, 2012
Overflow of landfills has been an issue for the whole world for some time. According to the zerowasteamerica.org the U.S. alone has 3,091 active landfills and over 10,000 old municipal landfills. Municipal landfills and there water and air emissions are very hazardous to our health. A lot of what we toss into our trash bins is contributing to these toxins. Plastics that we toss into the landfills never break down and contribute to these toxins that we breathe in. Disposable diapers do not break down at all. Can you imagine the amount of diapers that are in our trashes? These issues affect everyone, from our ozone, to the plants and animals and us as well. How can we help correct this problem? What have some countries have already been doing? What type of plan can be set in place to help out?
So it is up to us to implement a plan to manage our solid waste. “A solid waste management program may not save the world, but it can help protect the environment and create significant cost savings for owners and tenants.”(McConnell 2007) Many countries are trying to implement strategies and solutions to help their landfills out on their limited founds. According to an article written by Padro, J. “Taking A Byte Out of the Landfill” the greater Vancouver regional district has banned electronics from being disposed of in there landfills. Why? 20,000 tons per year are being dumped into the landfills, and many of these electronics contain contaminates such as mercury and lead. In turn they leak into surrounding water and soil. So instead of tossing your old electronics away we might want to think twice about what they do to our environment. Instead we can donate them to our local schools and charities to fix up and use. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital a poor city with all the problems of an undeveloped country is also implementing a plant to help out their landfills as well. “70...