Last night my grandson wanted me to watch one of his favorite movies with him on Netflix. No problem. It was interesting, until it hit on the subject of garbage, then I got angry.
Kids movies aren’t very interesting to me generally, and this was in that category. The movie is called All About Trucks, and he is obsessed with trucks. The movie was very informative and done at a level he could easily understand so no problem.
Then comes the garbage truck. We are told that we can no longer say garbage, the truck is now called a sanitation truck. Okay, gotcha. Then again we are told that we can’t call garbage “garbage”. It’s now called environmental waste. Okay, I’m good with that. Let’s remind people that we are killing the environment with our waste, I can live with that.
But then they show the truck dumping the “environmental waste” into the landfill. It’s perfectly okay, because as we are told, once the landfill is full, they make everything nice again and turn it into a golf course with beautiful green grass.
Yes, my grandson stopped me at the point where the garbage, oops environmental waste is being dumped into the landfill and asks me if that will all be made into new stuff and I remind him that’s the stuff that goes in the little dumpster here and is buried in the hole in the ground.
Why should we be concerned when after our “environmental waste” fills up the land it is now usable land for us to play on, and yes all the people golfing had large, happy smiles?
Here’s why. Plenty of people don’t care what they put in their garbage can (can I still call it a garbage can?) somewhere we are going to find batteries, CFL bulbs filled with mercury, paint, probably even oil from changing the oil in a car and much more that should never be put into the earth. These things can cause illness, life-threatening illnesses. I sure don’t want to live on top of a landfill or play golf or anything else on top of it.
- Increased incidents of cancers including: bladder, brain, and leukemia
- birth defects including: hole in the heart (neuro-tube defect), malformation of arteries
- reduced immune system resulting in increased risk of infections
- run off of bacteria, solvents, PCBs and more can enter our ground water
- contaminated air in our homes
- methane that makes it’s way into our basements can cause explosions
- respiratory ailments
If you want a breakdown of the hazards to the environment from landfill sites check out this article for a complete definition of each potential element can do to the surrounding area, it also explains that the plastic barriers that are required to line the landfills are failing more than 50% of the time.