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1. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

landfill,incinerator,recyling centre or other solution?

This is another topic...

My friend paid a short educational visit to one of government sector authorizing on recycling matters; typically, they propagate many campaigns the importance on recycle and waste should be separated in different bins. That is a good point.

To her astonishment (my friend's), there is actually no proper and clear objectives on how to make this campaign a success. ( citizens are encouraged to separate the garbage into glass, plastics, papers and metallic waste but the dumpsites in that garbage centre is mixed up – then, what’s the point encouraging us to separate the garbage whereby the ‘they’ don’t even show genuine effort to draw any specific lines on this issue! ) Moreover, effort is 'so little' that valuable recycle items such as iron, glassware are done by other people in the sector! (only this would be able to recruit many people into this line!) My friend has studied about landfill before that plastics is needed to base the landfill before any garbage is buried and, a 25-years warranty is issued that no chemical substances would soak into soil and deter the quality of the soil. But the point is, what will happen after 25 years? Those chemicals are very poisonous (toxic) which produces a lot of CO and when it is burnt will produce even more CO2 (carbon dioxide) - that’s the green house’s effect! Not only that, there’s a new developed town where recently residents are complaining of expanding the residential area is expanded nearby the landfill. Those chemicals would harm their lives – don’t forget where do we get the water from? The pipeline – imagine the underwater system!!!

Not only that, an article on Chinese newspaper stated that there is garbage above us – in the space! How do you look into this issue?

1 person in average contributes about 1.5 kg of garbage daily, according to the director’s speech.

Imagine that.

Lee

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3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Excellent question Lee...In the city that I live in, it is mandatory to recycle. Which I think is a good thing...but it still isn't enough!
I have heard a lot about various ways to go about it, but this is the best one I have heard of by far...http://www.wte.org/waste.html
Right now, the start up costs are prohibative, but maybe as time goes on governments will realize it is a price that must be paid. (At least I hope so!)
:)

4. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Thanks for your link. Still, Waste-to-energy produces air pollution...but it can generate electric (I learn all this through playing PC game - SimCity series)which i think it's a good point.

Incinerators in our country is at the stage of experimental situation as it consumes a lot of money...and I'm going to discuss this topic with my primary and secondary students on next week and am in 'data-seeking' stage - will look more articles and research-based papers...

Not only garbage, even this morning mum called me do not forget to fill all the pails or containers up with water coz she got the news saying later there'll be no water for a short period. (Newspaper reported that my place is lacking of water storage and it is able to fulfill all the needs in our state)My students' parents had already called me up that their residential area were out of water last week.
Water and electric are our basic needs...sigh...prices are going up... and we produce garbage everyday...

Public should be again taught with the knowledge about ecology...

Lee

5. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

it is able to fulfill all the needs in our state

Please be informed that my previous statement should be "It is able to provide water in a short period but not for the long term".

Lee

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

There aparently was a big thing here in Norway a couple of years ago when, after years of pushing recycling, some reporters found out that most of the garbage was being mixed back together and dumped/burned....needless to say, that wasn't appreciated !

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

The same thing was/is happening here too, Sam. The recyclable items are tossed in with the garbage and hauled away. Not only is it happening "at the curb", but also at the recycling centers. New York's way of handling it is to put the garbage on a barge and float it around the ocean for awhile. Around us, landfills are the norm - once it is full, they cover it over and build a playground or housing development. (You really didn't want safe drinking water did you? Silly human!)

8. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

There aparently was a big thing here in Norway a couple of years ago when

Is it? I thought Norway is very famous for nature-preserve as your people like hiking and outdoor activities. Even a very famous book written by Japanese author name his book's title as "The forest of Norway" and even a very famous Chinese song also takes the same title as "The Forest of Norway".

Norway = forests = nature-lovers = clean air

That's my first impression for Norway

Lee

9. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Another article about space trash:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/kids/2004/02/spacetrash.html

10. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Isadora

Around us, landfills are the norm - once it is full, they cover it over and build a playground or housing development. (You really didn't want safe drinking water did you? Silly human!)

Hahaha. That is happening here too in South Florida. Major nice (even fancy) housing developments (houses starting at 500K) are being built on top of dumps. Now, why on earth would you buy a house that is being built on top of a dump! Let alone spend 500K for it?

The land is really flat here, those referred above happen to be underground fills. But if you ever come to South Florida, if you ever see a hill, any hill at all, it is the waste dump. It looks like a pretty hill because it is covered with grass but drive through there during a certain time of day and you will know right away you are near the fill because of the smell...I dare ya', hahaha!