Where Does My Garbage Go?

Where Does My Garbage Go?

If trash is not properly recycled, all of the remaining waste is then picked up by Allied Waste Services which hauls the trash only miles away from residential homes and local water sheds and buries the garbage into the Missoula landfill.

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All landfills are designed to keep wasted materials from leaking out dangerous chemicals into the local watersheds.

 

What are the problems (with landfills)?

  • Leachate – This refers to liquid (usually water) that absorbs solutes from pieces of physical matter as it passes through, or over it. Landfills produce massive quantities of harmful leachate when rainwater falls onto garbage heaps, absorbing things like battery acid, lead, and chemicals. This water can then be transferred to soils, bodies of water, and in turn, animals and people.
  • Sustainability – Landfills are unsustainable. There is only so much land in the world and every year about 175 million tons of refuse enter landfills. While some matter will decompose in landfills, some materials, like plastic and Styrofoam, will last millions of years. Every year landfills take up more and more space.
  • Cost – Landfills are costly to operate. Lining systems to protect against leachate are expensive, as is constantly treating water runoff.
  • Appearance – Landfills are, for obvious reasons, aesthetically displeasing. They are typically kept away from populated areas, but as the volume of waste increases, they will become more common.
  • Smell – For beyond obvious reasons, landfills are pretty offensive to our sense of smell.
  • Animal Hazards – Landfills are hazardous to animals. Even if leachate does not enter into the groundwater or nearby streams, it can pool to form puddles that birds drink from. Landfills also contain large quantities of contaminated foods that rodents, birds, and snakes have access to.
  • Human Hazards – While few people rush out to grab a bite at the old landfill, the entrance of leachate into streams can be dangerous. Landfills also contain hazardous chemicals potentially harmful to anyone who enters, be it employees or visitors.
  • Soil Contamination – Once land is used as a landfill, its soil invariables becomes contaminated. This means that it cannot be used for much else afterwards unless it undergoes a very lengthy remediation process.
  • Garbage Can Blow Away – Items from heaps of garbage can be caught by wind and taken out of landfills, and re-deposited in streams, parks, and residential areas.

– See more at: http://organic-recycling.net/uncategorized/the-problems-with-landfills/#sthash.Xkezjmmf.dpuf

Leachate – This refers to liquid (usually water) that absorbs solutes from pieces of physical matter as it passes through, or over it. Landfills produce massive quantities of harmful leachate when rainwater falls onto garbage heaps, absorbing things like battery acid, lead, and chemicals. This water can then be transferred to soils, bodies of water, and in turn, animals and people. – See more at: http://organic-recycling.net/uncategorized/the-problems-with-landfills/#sthash.Xkezjmmf.dpuf

 

What are the solutions?

This refers to liquid (usually water) that absorbs solutes from pieces of physical matter as it passes through, or over it. Landfills produce massive quantities of harmful leachate when rainwater falls onto garbage heaps, absorbing things like battery acid, lead, and chemicals. This water can then be transferred to soils, bodies of water, and in turn, animals and people – See more at: http://organic-recycling.net/uncategorized/the-problems-with-landfills/#sthash.Xkezjmmf.dpuf

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By implementing a municipal solid waste plan and launching educational campaigns to spread awareness, these cooperative agreements within our community can indeed bring about a better recycling system.

Recycling

Recycling separates paper, cardboard, glass, metal, and other materials, from the garbage for reuse or reprocessing into new products. Recycling can reduce the size of your garbage can and the size of your garbage bill.

Over half of what people usually throw away can be recycled. The average Missoula resident generates over 4.5 lbs. of garbage each day and over a half ton of garbage each year. Your every day actions and decisions have a direct effect on the amount of waste generated in Missoula County.

Waste generation reduction:

Before you buy, use or discard something, ask yourself

Reduce: Do I really need to buy this?

Reuse: Can I or somebody else use the product again?

Recycle: Can I purchase the product with recycled content?

Rethink: Can I rent or borrow it instead?

Your every day actions and decisions have a direct effect on the amount of waste generated in Missoula County.

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