Many individuals are truly unaware of just how much waste is produced every day, and how much of this waste is placed into landfills. Here is a list of 5 of the largest landfills in the world to put into perspective just how massive and important landfills are!
Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Pacific Ocean
Roaming the North Pacific Gyre is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex. This phenomenon is a large region of floating trash that, at times, has been estimated to be the size of the American state of Texas. This patch of waste is characterized by a large amount of chemical sludge and waste, and by its ability to break into smaller patches, which float freely. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has posed a threat to local marine wildlife, which are poisoned by these chemicals; in turn, much of this marine wildlife is consumed by humans, who get sick from it.
Fresh Kills Landfill, New York
This landfill opened in Eastern America in 1947, making it one of the first landfills to ever be created and was at one time the world’s largest man-made structure. Before it was closed in 2001, Fresh Kills was the home to over 150 million tons of waste and rubbish. This landfill was closely abruptly after it was quickly filled from debris and rubble from the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, America.
Apex Regional Landfill, Las Vegas, Nevada, Usa
Las Vegas is the producer of over 9,000 tons of waste every day, every single pound of which finds its way to Apex Regional Landfill. Current statistics estimate that this quickly growing landfill already has over 50 million tons of waste in it. American predictions have estimated that before its closure, this landfill will hold a staggering one billion tons of waste.
Sudokwon Landfill, South Korea
The Sudokwon Landfill is notable because of the astonishing rate at which this landfill has grown. Since it has opened in only 1992, the landfill has generated and collected over 90 million tons of waste. That is an average of 20,000 tons of landfill waste a day, and 6.3 million tons of waste a year! This growth and size of this landfill demonstrates that changes in waste production that come with a swiftly growing population such as South Korea’s.
Bordo Poniente Landfill, Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico
Even though this landfill was closed in 2011, garbage and waste continues to be placed here, because of a lack of an alternative dumping site for additional waste. This is an even bigger problem because Bordo Poniente is the largest landfill for Mexico City, one of Mexico’s largest cities. The result has been a largely unorganized landfill site that was already full thanks to an estimated 12,000 tons of waste received per day before it was “officially” closed. Mexican officials have recognized the problems created by the lack of an additional landfill and are looking for solutions to this problem.