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How A Landfill Works

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You hear about landfills and how they are filling up but what does that mean? Did you know that a landfill is simply said, “a hole in the Earth that was dug with machines for the sole purpose of filling it up with unwanted items.” Specifically speaking, TRASH!
Often times I feel that my jabbering daily about reusable bags and how 1 bag will take 300-500 plastic bags off the shelf over the course of its life time (considering you used 6 plastic bags typically in a normal weekly super market run and replace them with 6 reusable bags and use them for a year straight).
We know the facts, right? Myself and my fellow reusable bag vendors rant and rave about them all the time right? Now what I have decided to focus on things that are closely associated with reusable bags, plastic bags, and waste in general.
This week my topic of choice is the modern day landfill and “How a Landfill Works.”
Did you know that it takes 1000 years for a plastic bag to degrade? Let’s also consider that the USA uses approximately 380 BILLION plastic bags per year. If you think about that staggering number its no real surprise to think that yes, our landfills are filling up! Though built for trash, these landfills are filling up fast and one of their top predators is namely, the plastic bag.
I don’t come out here every day to preach about how you need to be “green” and I myself am not even the hippie type. I am just a guy who realizes that we are polluting our planet with plastic debris and one simple way I myself can help to clean up the Earth is to 1) recognize the problem, and 2) use reusable bags.
Not too hard right?
For more on Landfills and how a Landfill works please check out this months info graphic.

Thanks for stopping by!
Douglas

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4 Responses to “How A Landfill Works”

  1. Posted by Mario 24th June, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Great post, Douglas. Getting people to relearn that the throw-away culture isn’t sustainable is a difficult climb, but we need to keep talking about it. Our most recent blog post touches on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where plastic is taking over the ocean on a microscopic level.
    http://lotusfoodltdblog.com/2011/06/21/sick-seas-reduce-the-earths-immunity/

  2. Posted by Concernergy 28th June, 2011 at 3:14 am

    It is very true that plastic bags are one of the biggest contributors of land pollution. It is our responsibility that we start using reusable and recyclable bags and stop dumping the non degradable bags.

  3. Posted by Victoria 6th July, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I second everything in the first comment! As long as awareness is kept alive, we’re on the right track for keeping waste out of landfills. When you think about it, trash doesn’t need to even exist, and virtually all things can either be recycled, reused, or repurposed — especially those pesky plastic bags that seem to stick around for too long!

    Keep up the good fight!

  4. Posted by Tom 7th July, 2011 at 8:55 am

    This is a great post. I completely agree that the trash problem is a very real one, and people generally underestimate the effect that a simple change like this or even reusable cups for coffee shops. The trash problem is really a man-made problem that we can fix with time. A company like Terracycle can go a long way in ensuring that we don’t contribute any more trash to landfills than we need to. If you haven’t heard of them I would really encourage everyone to check them out and look at some of the cool recycling and green design ideas that they come up with. They do some pretty amazing things. Again, great post, and I definitely agree that doing something like that or especially reusable cups at coffee places is a great idea. You might even get a discount since you don’t use one of their cups!

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