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Name: Mandie Larson Course Number: SCI201-1601B-11Instructor’s Name : Lewis McAdooDue Date: March 14, 2016SCI201 Unit 4 Individual ProjectMunicipal Solid WasteIntroductionMunicipal solid waste (MSW) is more commonly known as trash or garbage. Today it consists of everything we put in the trash cans or haul to the dup including appliances, batteries, paper, plastic, food, industrial, hazardous material, construction waste and much more. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the handling and disposal of solid waste is a growing concern.Forty percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are linked to use of material goods and their disposal (Municipal, 2016). I remember when I grew up on the farm, we burned our trash and then took it to our own dump we had. However, that can increase the risk of heart disease; aggravate respiratory problems such as asthma and emphysema, cause rashes, nausea, or headaches. It also produces dioxins that could eventually end up in our food and waterways (Municipal, 2016). In the early times, MSW consisted of ash, wood, bones, and vegetable waste. Most of theedible waste was fed to the animals and the other part was put in the ground where it would
provide nutrients after it decomposed. In the middle age waste was handled by settling compost or dumping into the woods (Begin, 2014). In 1960 88.1 million tons of trash was created in the U.S. According to the EPA, 251 million of tones of MSW were generated (Municipal, 2016). With the increase of the MSW the process needed to change. Body of Paper1Describe an open dump. What environmental problems do open dumps cause? An open dump can be a number of things including piles of garbage, appliances, old barrels, demolition debris including asbestos. They are usually at the bottom of ravines, in empty lots and pasture, and along roadsides. Open dumps have a lot of health, safety, and environmental threats. They include the following:Fire and explosion.Inhalation of toxic gases.Injury of children playing on or around the dump site.

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