Geography Waste

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Hometown Trash Zach Schatz Dr. Mosher - Section M001 Jackie Micieli – Section M003 March 6, 2011
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Schatz,2 In the daily routine of any American, it is practically impossible to not contribute to the increasingly problematic issue of waste management. More specifically, this issue refers to the 4.6 pounds of trash every American is responsible for per day (science.howstuffworks.com). Naturally the question following this fact is, where does all the garbage go? With an abundance of trash produced daily, society turns to the utilization of landfills for aid. These landfills are responsible for disposing of the garbage by burying the trash thirty feet below the earth’s surface in areas equivalent to 82,000 football fields (science.howstuffworks.com). Today there is great debate as to the effectiveness of these landfills while America steadily approaches the country’s waste carrying capacity. A carrying capacity is defined as the maximum number of organisms that can survive in a given environment (Knox, 2010, 257). In this scenario, only a certain amount of trash can be contained within the US before it begins to intoxicate the environment to dangerous levels. In order to explore these possibly threatening procedures of waste management, I have conducted extensive research of my hometown, South Orange, NJ, in order to proclaim that another solution is necessary in the long run. The current system in place for South Orange waste management is based off of privately operated companies. The town requires that all residents dispose of their waste by contract of a private company (southorange.patch.com). One popular company for residents is South Orange Disposal. This 30-year-old company has a mind for efficiency in terms of both the business and the environment (manta.com). This system of mandated waste management ensures that each resident is properly disposing of his or her own waste with a weekly curbside pickup schedule. An important aspect of South Orange
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Schatz,3 garbage disposal is that recycling is included within this category of waste. Under the
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