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There is so much to say on this tropic it is hard to know where to begin. Here in Yamhill County, we watch giant garbage trucks pouring through the county on a daily basis, bringing garbage from all over the area. This is insane. Why are we moving garbage from place to place? If every town had to see the garbage that it produced, people would probably stop making so much garbage.
Landfills are an archaic method of disposing of goods, dating from a time when people threw out things that decomposed in a matter of days. Now we know that we are throwing away things that can be recycled, composted in a meaningful way, or should never have been made in the first place.
Landfills are the biggest source of methane gas, the WORST greenhouse gas known to science. There is NO monitoring of the amount of methane that is produced by a landfill, but it is thought that only 50% of it is ever captured and flared. Now we are being told that a "green" source of electricity is coming from landfill gas. (LFG) NOT TRUE. Methane is only a part of what is in LFG: the remaining elements (dioxins, being one of them) are equally dangerous in other ways. The means by which electricity is generated from LFG is dirty and inefficient, yet companies making electricity from LFG get huge tax credits. Electricity production does nothing to reduce the amount of methane that is ever captured.
Landfills should be prohibited from accepting ANYTHING that decomposes and thus creates methane. The state of ORegon is woefully behind the curve on requiring comprehensive composting of food scraps, paper, green waste. This alone would be a huge step in decreasing the amount of toxic gas that is emitted by all landfills around the country and the state.
In addition, in Yamhill County, we have room for OUR garbage, just not everyone else's. If we could eliminate other people's garbage, could do meaningful recycling, and composting, along with enhanced dry waste management, our landfill would last a long time.
posted 2 years, 9 months ago
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