2000 Landfills in the U.S. and Counting

Nithin Coca IMPACT MILL CONTRIBUTOR
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According to SaveonEnergy.com, presently, there are nearly 2000 active with hundreds of at-capacity landfills across the country. This is a pretty grave reminder of just how massive our waste problem is.

Until the mid 20th century, waste was not a major issue. A major invention that helped transform America into a country full of landfills was plastic, a material that is incredibly cheap to produce and doesn’t fully biodegrade. Disposable plastic items made their way into homes as the era of “throw-it-away” began after World War 2. Single-use cups, plastic TV dinner trays, and a massive amount of Styrofoam fast food containers quickly spread not only across America, but the globe. Today, another major problem waste-stream is packaging from e-commerce.

Some possible solutions? Better recycling rates across the U.S. and a shift to a circular economy, where products and materials can be reused infinitely or recycled when they are no longer needed.

The last thing we need as a country is more waste. You can do your part by reducing your waste at home and at the office, recycling what you can, and even composting to reduce your share of what ends up in our landfills.

Nithin is an eecosphere Impact Mill and freelance writer who focuses on cultural, economic, and environmental issues in developing countries with an aim at building channels of communication and collaboration around common challenges. He alternates between a home in California and working on social projects in Africa and Asia.