So you think your neighborhood is a dump? For folks living near one of the nation’s biggest landfills, it literally is a dump! In honor of Earth Day this Sunday, 4/22/12, here are ten at the top of the list exposed.
Arapahoe Disposal Site, Colorado
Handles nearly two million tons of garbage each year including stuff like asbestos and petroleum-tainted soil.
Veolia Orchard Hills, Illinois
Located 50 miles west of Chicago, Veolia Orchard Hills takes in 2.08 million tons of trash every year.
El Sobrante, California
Covering roughly 500 acres, El Sobrante processes 2.1 million tons of garbage annually and uses the gas produced by burning trash to power more than 6,000 area homes.
Pine Tree Acres, Michigan
This sounds like the name of a nice subdivision, but it is actually a dump that receives about 2.14 million tons of Canadian garbage a year.
Rumpke Sanitary, Ohio
More than 2.17 million tons of trash come through this landfill, located about 40 miles west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Atlantic Waste, Virginia
About half of the 2.32 million yearly tons of trash is brought in by train.
Spread over 850 acres and manages 2.64 million tons of garbage annually. Part of the facility is certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council.
Newton County Landfill Partnership, Indiana
Gas from the nearly three million tons of garbage burned at this 265-acre landfill powers a factory that produces egg cartons.
Puente Hills, California
This municipal landfill processes more than 3.1 million tons of trash a year – a third of LA County’s waste.
Apex Regional, Nevada
Receives about 9,000 tons of garbage every day, and its 2,200 acres can support a daily rate like that for the next 200 years.