What Exactly Are Landfills?

What Exactly Are Landfills?

Maintaining a secure, contained area for waste is essential to keeping towns clean and preserving public health. Landfills are a crucial aspect of waste management, offering an intentional space for waste disposal and management. 

More sustainable efforts are looking toward reducing or eliminating waste from everyday processes. With an increased focus on green construction techniques and equipment, we can reduce waste throughout the building process and lower construction's impact on the waste management industry. 

What Is a Landfill?

A landfill is an engineered and maintained facility for disposing of different types of waste. Landfills are located in designated spaces and actively monitored to comply with federal regulations. They are also designed to preserve the environment from potential contaminants. 

There are several basic types of landfills: 

  • Municipal solid waste landfills (MSWLF): These receive household waste and other types of nonhazardous wastes. 
  • Industrial waste landfills: These landfills collect industrial and commercial waste, which makes up a significant percentage of solid waste. 
  • Hazardous waste landfills: These exclusively dispose of hazardous waste, and they do not store solid wastes. 
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) landfills: These landfills are for industrial products and chemicals, and the Toxic Substances Control Act regulates their processes. 

How Does Landfill Storage Work?

In most towns, waste management employees haul nonrecyclable waste in large trucks to landfills for disposal. In other counties, you can drop your trash off at transfer stations yourself. Modern landfills are highly organized and strategically sorted to support natural decomposition for the smallest possible environmental impact. 

Once a landfill reaches capacity, it is capped and topped with a minimum of two feet of soil to limit debris migration and protect the environment from contaminants. 

How Does Green Construction Help Waste Management? 

Many industries are reexamining their processes and equipment and working toward becoming more sustainable and reducing unnecessary waste. The construction industry can produce large amounts of waste through demolition and building phases. Luckily, there are many simple, cost-effective and green solutions to improve waste management in the construction industry, including: 

  1. Building more green spaces.
  2. Using eco-friendly equipment.
  3. Reusing and recycling demolition materials.
  4. Improving health and safety with nontoxic building materials. 
  5. Choosing locally sourced and sustainable materials. 
  6. Investing in environmentally friendly equipment

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