WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF YARD WASTE IN LANDFILLS?
Our landfills are running out of space.
Yard Waste is compostable and reusable. When you send it to a landfill, it takes up valuable space and is buried along with other trash. This increases the production of harmful chemicals and slows the natural decomposition process. These released chemicals negatively impact the environment. Here’s why.
Harmful Emissions in Landfills
The breakdown of yard debris in landfill conditions creates methane emissions and leachate. Simply put, methane gas is one of the most potent greenhouse gasses. It is a strong greenhouse gas that is flammable, explosive, and nearly undetectable. Both nature and human activity create methane, but its “high global warming potential” is 21 times higher than carbon dioxide. This gives experts enough cause for concern.
Leachate occurs when water flows through harmful substances and becomes contaminated. As it spreads, leachate quickly increases ground and water pollution. As a result, the “footprint” of the landfill increases to epic proportions. Modern landfills are designed to combat leachate, but some pollution is unavoidable.
There is a better solution.