Landfills have come a long way from the simple garbage dump that most people remember from our childhood. Modern landfills are enormous systems designed to hold garbage and develop fuel sources utilised by global communities.
Here are some of the major ways modern landfills compare to dated garbage dumps of the past:
Implementation of Regulations
Modern landfills follow stricter regulations and are more conscious about how a landfill affects its immediate environment. Old landfills were largely unregulated, dangerous areas for workers and the environment.
Leachate is a liquid formed from seeping garbage. Modern landfills use thick liners to prevent this harmful substance from seeping into the soil. Old landfills did not use such preventative measures and allowed leachate to contaminate water below the surface.
Landfills once emanated a noticeable stench, but modern ones have a thick sheet covering to prevent bad odours from escaping.
As trash decomposes in a landfill, it creates methane, a composition of natural gas and valuable source of fuel. Modern landfills harness methane to power homes and create other natural liquid gas used by businesses. Old landfills allowed this gas to escape into the air.
More sophisticated landfill design and processes make the storage and breakdown of garbage safer for humans and the environment. M&M Disposal and Bin Rental believes in proper waste management. We provide services to London, Ontario and nearby areas. Give us a call today at (519) 649-6440 for convenient waste collection and disposal for residential and commercial properties.