Collecting Hazardous Waste?

November 24, 2008 by Tommy Linsley  
Filed under Sustainable Development

As more people try to share a smaller, usable landmass, disposing of all
our trash will undoubtedly be a major concern in the 21st century.  The
patterns of waste disposal in North America will fall under the scrutiny
of sustainable development plans.  As it is, the rate of collection for
recyclable materials is actually quite high, especially in urban and
suburban areas.

Unfortunately, because of this, the trash that is brought to dumps is
actually many times more toxic today than it was 30 years ago when the
problem of overwhelmed landfills was becoming apparent to consumers.

Unfortunate for us again, the danger from this waste getting loose in the
environment is even more serious and precarious than ever.  Increased
danger of containment systems being breached is very real.  Caution,
pressure on forest and agricultural land mounts: erosion due to major
storm events, thanks to climate changes, could unleash these toxins on
already fragile and damaged ecosystems.

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