Savannah's Against the Wall: Recycling and Landfills

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Savannah's Against the Wall:
Recycling and Landfills

Recycling is known very well to most of the United States. It has been a buzzword since my childhood in the 80's. However, many towns and metropolitans, including my home town of Savannah, have trouble getting their residents to actively participate in the recycling programs. There are many reasons people can site for not participating, some are personal issues, and some are those of the city itself. The first that comes to mind far too often is even though most solid waste can be sorted and recycled, the amount that is picked up is not even half as frequent. From a city stand point, expansion of the program itself may cause a hemorrhaging of money that can't be undone. Landfills have been an environmentally sound option for years, but they all have the same problem of finite space. On the surface it seems simple, but nothing is ever that easy. Both recycling programs and landfills cost large amounts of capital to maintain. With the goal of an environmentally stable city, landfills and their finite space will always be a problem. With vision and drive maybe the tables can be turned. Within the next five years, the city will be forced to expand the current landfills. The main need for this is a constant output of municipal solid waste. With a sluggish participation rate of only 35% the need to expand that finite space will be inevitable. On the surface this seems like an easy choice, but there has to be

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