Everything you left at the end of your driveway last Tuesday probably ended up in a landfill.But, do you really know where that is and what that means?
27% of trash is either recycled or composted, 16% is burned and 57% is buried in landfills.
OK. So, they just “build” a landfill? Not exactly. This is what needs to be considered:
The landfill is lined with several layers, including a vital plastic layer to protect the contents from the environment. A landfill is also covered with soil daily. Inside a landfill there is very little oxygen and moisture, which means trash takes much longer to decompose than normal. Landfills are not meant to decompose trash. It merely provides a place for trash to be buried.
There were 1,654 active landfills in the U.S. in 2005.
Recycling in 2005, however, diverted 79 million tons of material away from landfills.