The Garbage Problem in America Essay

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The Garbage Problem in America

I. The Growth of the Waste Stream

Today's generation have been taught to be wasteful. We produce enormous quantities of waste, then try to bury it or burn it and forget it. But it cannot be forgotten. It washes up on our beaches, it reappears as air pollution, it creeps into our water supply; it comes back to haunt us. A throw-away society is not a sustainable society. A garbage crisis is at hand. As a nation, we have begun to worry that the growing mounds of wastes will only continue to increase as the means of disposal become further restricted. Government agencies and public officials are urgently trying to find a solution. The waste dilemma has become the centerpiece of the
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Some of the ash had been shipped to Virginia, Ohio and other states, but it was rejected because of local protests. With its land-based disposal options under attack, the city finally arranged with two private companies to ship the ash abroad. A cargo ship named the Khian Sea traveled all around the world and not one country would let the ash be disposed of in their land. The ash barge after a long time voyage eventually dumped the ash in the Indian Ocean.
The Philadelphia experience has become the rule rather than the exception in the costly and sometimes bizarre search to dump the trash. Exporting scandals—in which incinerator ash or other wastes are either unloaded illegally or under questionable circumstances—have taken place in a number of African and Latin American countries, such as Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau, and even in England, which has become a haven for garbage, because of its relatively lax standards.
The solid waste dilemma is not limited to the issue of garbage export. It ultimately raises questions about the source, volume, and nature of the wastes that are being generated. Policy-makers have placed a special emphasis on disposal technologies as they seek a solution
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