Posts Tagged ‘Landfills’

To bury or to burn?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Experts weigh in over at the blog Room for Debate on whether the US should burn or bury its trash.

Beijing to have trash crisis in next decade

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

China Daily and China Radio International both report today that Beijing will soon be void of space for trash from the 20 million people living in the Capital of the world’s most populous country.  With an annual trash growth rate of 8%, landfills (i.e. Beijing’s main method of taking care of trash) are about to overflow, and disposal plants are already overworked.

As Beijing doesn’t have much space for new landfill, nor much time to establish new landfills, city officials have stated that they are considering incineration, a method highly unpopular among the public, who fear more pollution in an already terribly polluted city. (Illustrative pic can be found here, the real nerds should check out this twitter feed.)

The local government is trying to argue that incineration isn’t necessary a big polluter. Clearly, there are advantages of emissions from incineration facilities over toxic gas generated by landfills, but then again, science is always an argument. (A good account of the debate can be found in this wiki post.) What is of course more disheartening is that the Beijing government, similar to governments everywhere, seem to care less about figuring out how people in Beijing could generate less trash to begin with. 8% growth per year is no joke.

Landfill lovin’

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Robin Nagle, anthropologist in residence for New York City’s Department of Sanitation, is giving a talk on the Freshkills landfill as a sacred space. This extraspecial event will take place on the North mound at said landfill on Saturday, June 20th, starts at noon. New Yorkers, follow the link to RSVP.

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