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.
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