Hartland Landfill, an sanitary engineered landfill site on 128 hectares of land, 48 of those landfill space. 407 kgs of waste per person are processed/year. If we continue at this pace the site will be filled (to the top of the ridge) by 2048. The top 4 items in our garbage are, for the most part, avoidable: organics 21.1%, wood and wood products 17.0%, paper and paperboard 15.4% and plastics (including styrofoam) 14.3%. That’s 67.8% that can be diverted to other waste streams - i.e., composting, reusing, recycling, energy recovery and ,in the case of single use plastics, avoided.
The active face is where the day’s garbage goes and this 37 ton compactor runs back and forth over it for 10 hrs/day to decrease its mass. Despite all the efforts to contain the garbage, plastic bags, in whole or in part can be carried away on gusts of wind. Due to composting our garbage no longer needs to be bagged at our apartment complex. This might be the case where you live too.
Methane gas (from kitchen scraps) is captured and converted into energy. However, until we become more proficient at separating compostable items from our garbage, excess is flared off.
Leachate from decomposition and rain is captured in lagoons, processed and released into sanitary systems.
Landfill is not structurally sound so it becomes greenspace using soil from onsite, native species of plants and freshwater ponds.
Our tour guide Avril presented a very thorough, and surprisingly fascinating overview of how the site works.
Not sure how to dispose of your garbage? Go to myrecyclopedia.ca to find out that and more.
Did you know? Don't flush your kitty litter down the toilet as cat poo contains parasites that can affect otters and other marine life.
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