With the State of North Carolina growing in the amount of waste disposal tremendously, solid waste is an issue for the state and residents. According to N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance, “The amount of waste disposed in North Carolina has increased from 6.8 million tons in 1991 to 11.86 million tons in 2007. Yearly, state residents throw away enough trash to circle the earth twice and fill enough dumpsters to line the length of Interstates 40 more than six times in one year (N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance, n.d). Solid waste produced within the state of NC and within every state in the U.S., aids in the air and water pollution we are currently facing and produces ozone killing gasses.
The amount of solid waste across the state is caused by the citizens and local governments failing to recycle more, overconsumption and lack of composting. The amount of solid waste produced in NC alone is enough to increase carbon dioxide and methane, both greenhouse gases which are depleting the ozone. Even with the trash being burned, it still releases highly toxic dioxins into the atmosphere, which exacerbates global warming and exposure to these pollutants can lead to adverse health effects. According to Recovered Energy (n.d), “As a greenhouse gas methane is twenty-three times more potent than carbon dioxide” (para 4).
One of the problems lies in the hands of residents who fail to reduce consumption, fail to recycle everything possible and those that take no effort in reducing waste. Additionally, manufacturers continue to produce large amounts of waste simply because they do not have the technology to use recycled materials and/ or do not have a steady supply of recuperated materials.
So what’s the problem with landfills? “The U.S. is facing two problems of great consequence: (1) There are decreasing locations for landfills and (2) increasing costs of meeting environmental regulations for landfills....