Should Landfill Be Converted For Clean Energy Through A Landfill Gas Program?

1048 Words Feb 24th, 2016 null Page
There is no such thing as "away" when we throw anything away it must go somewhere. Many people throw out many items out every day after they use them into their garbage bin without stopping to ponder where all this trash goes, so it is no surprise that the earth is slowing turning into a huge trash can. Landfill waste poses a huge problem not only economically and environmentally but also because it takes up a lot of land due to its low decomposition rate. Reduce, reuse, and recycle are the most common methods used to reduce waste and should be implemented in every home and the waste that is left should be converted to clean energy through a landfill gas program. While most people consider themselves skillful at conserving and recycling, the truth is that most people take a trip to the landfill more often than they think. First of all, getting rid of waste is very costly, especially if there 's a trash bag in every single home in the United States. According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the average person produces 4.3 pounds of waste per day and the 220 million tons of waste generated each year in the United States ends up in one of the over 3,500 landfills (EPA,2011). Among the costs for disposal services are the wages provided to people who go to every individual’s home to pick up trash, the gas and the trucks used to pick up the waste, and plenty of time wasted picking up every single trash can in the neighborhood. The problem is that all this…

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