Originally posted on Ground to Ground:
Pollution shouldn’t be political; it should be something we all work together to manage, no matter what side we take on issues at large. Garbage is as old as humanity, and we’ve been struggling to dispose of it since. In fact, the first recorded landfill is over 5,000 years old, discovered in the Cretan capital, Knossos where they buried their garbage in giant pits layered with soil.
In today’s world, each American produces approximately 1,600 pounds of garbage a year, a whole heck-of-a-lot more than the Cretans! Earth 911 defines a landfill’s purpose as a place to “isolate waste from its surrounding environment, and [prevent] water contamination and contact with air.” Although landfills are not built to decompose trash. Landfills were built to keep us safe from producing giant garbage monsters that attack us with our own filth, although sometimes they fall short. You can’t stop the devastating effects of pollution unless you learn how; it’s time to get to know which landfills are the most dangerous.