Trash management : better than burial
One result of the increased environmental concern of the late 1960's was a status elevation for trash. As solid waste it became an object of concern to planners, engineers, the bureaucracy, legislators, and local officials. With this increased awareness came an almost unanimous commitment to the sanitary landfill as the answer. Perhaps because of our native fascination for huge machinery, perhaps because of the available technology and experience base, perhaps because of economics, or perhaps because administration is simplified when all questions have a single answer, the landfill became THE solution to the trash problems. In Missouri this is especially true, and the search for proper burial plots for trash becomes widespread under the auspices of grant funds, legislation, official directives, and some public push. Sanitary landfills, however, are a distinct improvement over open dumps. Open dumps have led to air and water pollution (from burning, run-off, and leachate), as well as health hazards from the abundance of rats. There are many communities where the landfill approach may be the only practical strategy to implement immediately. The landfill approach might be adopted where land is reclaimed through landfill techniques (i.e., strip mines).--Page 1.