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Visit a Landfill in 2012 – A New Year’s Resolution for All Wasters!

Visit A Landfill in 2012 and Appreciate Your Environment!

Hi! Happy New Year Landfill CQA-ers!

What about this to contribute to your list of New Year’s Resolutions?

I was under the impression that you may be interested in my passing on the contents of the e-mail below which came from a customer. I suspect that there should be many of us who, like him, have busy lives and before 2011, never gave waste disposal any thought.

“For 43 years I have been someone that never truly finished the concept ; when I toss stuff away it goes… I have given myself an excellent gift this year ; call it a trip, if you like, but I took myself to my town’s landfill and had my eyes opened for the 1st time. Perhaps the idea of somebody reaching their 40’s and still not being conscious of recycling is one that sounds fantastic, well, it’s the actual fact!

I did not grow up imagining the Earth covered in over-flowing landfills, piles and heaps of rubbish as high as the tallest building. That wasn’t my experience.”

But because the concept of leaving too much waste for the Earth to handle is a sour fact today, I have started to teach myself.

I suspect I have always thought of using credit cards as not being real cash, I now see that is the same way as I viewed trash.

I know I have read about landfills becoming, well, full and the way in which that will set off a problem but till I took myself out to the site itself, I continued to have this immature idea that when I put something into the rubbish can, it just went – away.

Seeing, with my very own eyes, the area appointed for my community’s left-overs was like an enormous slap of reality. I was ultimately able to understand the concept ; “if I am not the only one throwing things away thoughtlessly, and if others are doing it as well, this space won’t last long at all.”

I was shocked at some of the things I saw at the town’s landfill, too.

There were pieces of furniture that, being somebody creative, I could see would make nice trash-to-treasures pieces. Perhaps these once beautiful and still useable items might be the one piece that brought the feeling of a room together, that finished what the room is to feel just like and express. As an alternative somebody tossed them out and they now take up a ton of space in a limited area and cause me stressfulness, not contentment.

I am lucky because my youngsters, who are early teens, have been taught about the significance of recycling and the significance of what we must do to keep the world from being buried in pointless trash. They’ve been concentrating on the lessons that have come their way, where as, I had to see it for myself before I might be galvanized to switch the way that I do things.

The pleasant news is, it only took one quick trip to the landfill, for me to come to my senses and make changes about the way In which I do things and about the way In which I think.

If we aren’t thinking worldwide when talking about waste, and what we are leaving behind, we aren’t being smart. Grab some youngsters, or some forty-somethings and take yourself on a field expedition that may, do for you what it probably did for me ; make the changes that are necessary for me to see what the grim reality of our situation is and change the way In which I do things. “

Naturally I’m not advocating that you climb over a fence to go to a landfill. Most well run regional landfills today offer a resource centre where college students are educated about waste management and recycling during college trips, and a short telephone call to the landfill office before you leave should ensure you can select a point in time when the facility will be open.

Such facilities are typically found at the point where there’s also a landfill viewing point and the staff will be available to reply to any questions you could have. Whether or not the landfill does have a visitor resource centre in my experiences the staff, given sufficient advance notice will most times be pleased to meet any local resident and show them around their landfill for 30 minutes. Actually as residents we will do a lot to inspire our landfill operators to maintain the best standards when we do this.


Keeping a landfill neat is tough work, nonetheless it is a long way more rewarding if those doing it also feel the community cares about their landfill, instead of only ever just bitching when things go screwy.

Therefore, I say: “how’s that for a New Year’s Promise”? Make that trip to a landfill! It may be quite an “conscience awakener” just as it was for our subscriber.

Who knows! You could even come back impressed if areas of the landfill have been well returned to their former condition.

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