What happens to all that trash?

United States
February 7, 2007 5:31am CST
Like UPS, Waste Management trucks can be seen in every town and city in the USA. I wonder where all that trash ends up? I know that many communities recycle, glass, aluminum and paper, but what happens to the trash and garbage?
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@simran1430 (1793)
• India
12 Apr 07
There is a clear need for the current approach of waste disposal that is focussed on municipalities and uses high energy/high technology, to move more towards waste processing and waste recycling (that involves public-private partnerships, aiming for eventual waste minimization - driven at the community level, and using low energy/low technology resources. Some of the defining criteria for future waste minimization programmes will include deeper community participation, understanding economic benefits/recovery of waste, focusing on life cycles (rather than end-of-pipe solutions), decentralized administration of waste, minimizing environmental impacts, reconciling investment costs with long-term goals.We can observe three key trends with respect to solid waste - increase in shear volume of waste generated by urban residents; change in the quality or make-up of waste generated; and the disposal method of waste collected, by land-fill, inceneration etc.
• United States
7 Feb 07
Hi there...most of the USA's trash goes to various local waste management landfill facilities and more are exported offshore to different countries mostly to China and other undeveloped countries. This is why we have heard on the news lately about mercury, lead poisoning is on the rise in these countries because of inappropriate things we've disposed the children are playing around them.