Overflowing Landfills

The problem

The problem

  • Landfills are overflowing then we have to find new places to throw trash

  • They take the garbage to landfills and bury it in the ground.

  • Americans threw away more than 251 million of garbage in 2006.

  • Sometimes chemicals from the trash can contaminate the soil and eventually the groundwater we need for drinking.

  • Scientists predict that it could take a glass bottle about 1 million years to biodegrade and that some materials like styrofoam will never biodegrade.

  • Many materials that end up as waste in landfills contain toxic substances.

  • Over time these toxins leach into our soil and groundwater and become environmental hazards for years.

  • Land pollution is anything that damages or contaminates the land.

The causes

  • Landfills are taking up world room

  • Trash we throw away at home

  • Waste produced at big factories

  • Big piles of garbage at landfill

  • Not saving food for leftovers

  • Not composting

  • Not recycling a lot

  • Throwing away too much trash

  • Buying things we don’t need

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Connecticut connection

Connecticut has thrown away over 1 billion pound of trash in a year