A landfill that is capable of storing infinite number of items... well,
that's how we think of it. To create a landfill, land is needed. So
what to do? Start digging. Landfills are huge pits dug into the ground
to store all the waste consumers throw away. Once it gets filled to
the top, then it is covered and disguised like it was never there. This
is one of many methods how waste is stored.
It Makes Good Firewood, too
Another method to get rid of waste is to send the trash to the incinerator.
Trash is brought to the incinerator where it is burned. The only advantage
to this is that it doesn't fill up space. Though, it creates air pollution
and is very costly(*by the way, I was kidding about it makes good
Export is good, no?
Some companies will export waste legally or illegally. The fee can
be free, or costly. Countries receiving the trash will except the waste,
only for a huge amount of money. Sometimes, trash is sent drifting away
in the ocean. Waste from the nuclear power plants produce low-level
radioactive waste and stored in steel drums. The UK and Pakistan dispose
them in the ocean, the US stopped this in the 1970's. Research is being
done to take waste into space.
What are they teaching us?
Is schools really reaching students about dangers of waste and the
ways recycling can really help. Environmental science should be a required
course to graduate from high school. Why should it not? Even though,
it is taught in Biology class, it's only a small fraction of the class,
only covering little parts, missing the big picture. It's time for people
to educate themselves and make a discipline to take part in reducing