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Published on August 16th, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin

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The World’s Largest Landfills

In case you didn’t know, Grimey Gatsby started a campaign called #4pieces – to help clean up our earth, four pieces at a time. However, while picking up trash to clean up the earth is super important, it’s also important to stress both reducing and recycling the trash – both of which can help trash from ending up in one of the world’s seven largest landfills. These places are like small towns and satellite images truly make it real: miles of mountains of trash that take hundreds of years minimum to break down.

1. Bordo Poniente Landfill, Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico

Mexico City’s largest landfill was accepting 12,000 tons of garbage a day before its closure at the end of 2011. Surprisingly, garbage is still being dumped there since no plans were made for an alternative dumping site.

2. Fresh Kills Landfill, New York


Opened in 1947 as a temporary landfill, Fresh Kills was once the world’s largest man-made structure. With over 150 million tons of waste, it was shutdown in 2001 after receiving an unexpected deposit—rubble from the World Trade Center.

 

 

3. Lagos Dump, Nigeria


The dump in Lagos takes in almost 10,000 tons of solid waste daily and a considerable amount of electronic-waste (e-waste) from the 500 container ships that dump on its grounds monthly. Most e-waste is them chemically stripped for precious metals, which produces toxic fumes.

 

4. Apex Regional Landfill, Las Vegas, Nevada

 

 

 

 


The 9,000 tons of waste Sin City produces each and every day ends up at Apex Regional Landfill. The landfill currently holds 50 million tons of waste and is predicted to hold a billion tons by the time it is closed.

5. Sudokwon Landfill, South Korea

 

 

6.Puente Hills Landfill, Los Angeles, California

 

Covering roughly 700 acres and towering almost 500 feet high, Los Angeles’ largest landfill, Puente Hills, takes in 12,000 tons of garbage a day and currently holds 3.7 million tons.

7. Guiyu, Southern China


Guiyu, a coast town in southern China, is a global e-waste dumping site called  the “electronic graveyard.” Local kids have 50% higher average blood lead levels  than normal.

 

So, next time you’re out and about getting your #4pieces, do what you can to take it a step further and recycle, and take steps to reduce your own personal amount of trash each day. Every little bit counts!

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