What are the Toxins in Landfill

toxinsWe took this from Environment Victoria a state web site in Australia because they describe the 3 toxins present in landfill sites in a simple and easy to understand way.

“The three most important are toxins, leachate and greenhouse gases.

Toxins – Many materials that end up as waste contain toxic substances. Over time, these toxins leach into our soil and groundwater, and become environmental hazards for years. Electronic waste is a good example. Waste such as televisions, computers and other electronic appliances contain a long list of hazardous substances, including mercury, arsenic, cadmium, PVC, solvents, acids and lead.

Leachate – This is the liquid formed when waste breaks down in the landfill and water filters through that waste. This liquid is highly toxic and can pollute the land, groundwater and waterways.

Greenhouse gas – When organic material such as food scraps and green waste is put in landfill, it is generally compacted down and covered. This removes the oxygen and causes it to break down in an anaerobic process. Eventually this releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The implications for global warming and climate change are enormous. Methane is also a flammable gas that can become dangerous if allowed to build up in concentration. Composting your food scraps and green waste in a compost bin eliminates many of these problems.”

Excellent reading and really helps us explain to you why it is so important you allow a company such as www.sitr.com to manage your waste.

Done properly landfill can be avoided and produce really can be recycled.

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