Landfill and Garbage Pollution By: Carolynn Meines

Recycling

  • Some plastic items may take over 1,000,000 years to disintegrate. Why don't we just recycle?
  • Only about 60% of paper products are recycled. (this should be way more)
  • They always have trash cans in public areas but never recycling bins.
  • To help keep recyclable products out of trash cans, we can get recycling bins in or cafeteria.

Landfill Fumes

  • Toxic fumes like Sulfide and Ammonia can be very toxic.
  • They can burn your skin, eyes, and throat.
  • Landfills also release 1/4 of all methane.
  • Carbon Dioxide is also let out of landfills.
  • Carbon Dioxide can cause death, unconsciousness, and convulsions. A convulsion is a sudden, violent, irregular movement of a limb or the body.
  • All these fumes also cause air pollution.

Environmental Impacts

  • Global Warming
  • Animals/People could die or get sick
  • Toxic fumes are released
  • Soil contamination (if we don't plant crops we don't eat)
  • Land Pollution
  • Water Pollution
  • Fires (50% of all smokers throw their cigarette butts on the ground where is could start more problems like fires.

Pie Chart of Pollution

Recyclable and reusable things.
  • Food Scraps- leftover food
  • Yard Trimmings- grass, leaves,
  • Wood-tree trunks, sticks

How to tell if something is recyclable or not.

  • People need to stop using the excuse "I didn't know it was recyclable."
  • You can check the bottom of the container or wrapper it comes in.

Examples (everyday items)

  • Pop cans, Soup cans, etc.
  • Corrugated Cardboard (boxes you would get in the mail)
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Tissue Boxes
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Newspapers

Don't Recycle These!!

  • Plastic Bags
  • Waxy* Milk and Juice Containers

*They normally are not wax coated.

Silent Killer

Please tell your parents to help this now! It is a serious issue and is only getting worse. Recycle!

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