Landfill - Research Article from World of Chemistry

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The term sanitary landfill was first used in the 1930s to refer to the compacting of solid waste materials. Initially adopted by New York City and Fresno, California, the sanitary landfill used heavy earth-moving equipment to compress waste materials and then cover them with soil. The practice of covering solid waste was evident in Greek civilization over 2,000 years ago, but the Greeks did it without compacting.

Today, the sanitary landfill is the major method of disposing of waste materials in North America and other developed countries, even though considerable efforts are being made to find alternative methods, such as recycling and composting. Among the reasons that landfills remain a popular alternative are their simplicity and versatility. For example, they are not sensitive to the shape, size, or weight of a particular waste material. Since they are constructed of soil, they are rarely affected by the chemical composition of...

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