A landfill is a carefully constructed and monitored structure that isolates trash from the surrounding environment. This isolation is accomplished with the use of a bottom liner and daily covering of soil. Landfills can create energy. Landfills need expert design as well as professional operators and a proper management to guarantee their functionality.
Americans annually generate approximately 258 million heaps of MSW of which about 53% is deposited in landfills, a percentage that has plateaued in latest years. Currently, 35% of MSW is recycled and 13% is combusted for power production. There's a need to change the way we think about how strong waste is generated, managed, and probably used as a useful resource. We need to recognize that what is automatically discarded can also, in truth, be a reusable aid.