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Dumps, Landfills, and Modern Landfills

Describe an open dump. Explain the environmental problems.

Describe an early landfill. What are the problems associated with early landfills? Include a discussion of leachate, methane, incomplete decomposition and settling.

Describe a modern landfill. What are the differences as compared to early landfills? What improvements have been made?

Choose one of these landfills and explain the innovations being implemented to make the landfill more productive and to reduce its environmental impact:

o Mariannhill Landfill, South Africa
o Puente Hills, California
o Altamont Landfill, CA
o Tessman Road Landfill, TX

Solution Summary

Descriptions of an open dump, early landfill and modern landfill. Explanations are discussed of various environmental problems associated with each. Detailed discussion is presented on environmental problems associated with leachate, methane, incomplete decomposition and settling. Tessman Road Landfill, TX is choosen to describe landfill improvements and explain the innovations being implemented to make the landfill more productive and to reduce its environmental impact.

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