There's No "Away," Even If We Bury It
When you throw out your garbage, chances are it ends up in a landfill. Most of the garbage you've sent to landfills in your lifetime is still there. It doesn't go "away" and it doesn't disappear.
We'll probably always need to bury the garbage that can't be reused, recycled, composted, or burned. But if we make less garbage in the first place, and find other uses for it, our landfills will last longer.
Photo courtesy of the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Activities: How Do Landfills Work? and Landfill Tour
Profile: Mierle Laderman Ukeles
© The Rotten Truth web site was created in 1998 by the Association of Science-Technology Centers Incorporated and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. All rights reserved.
Disclaimer: Rotten Truth (About Garbage) links to a number of activities and resources provided by institutions other than ASTC and SITES. Every effort has been made to ensure that these links are accurate, but because neither ASTC nor SITES controls the content of these web sites, outside links are not guaranteed to be correct or active. Neither ASTC nor SITES shall be liable in the event of incidental or consequential damages connected with, or arising out of, providing the information offered here. External sites are not endorsed by ASTC or the Smithsonian Institution.