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What’s the Deal With Landfills?

On Saturday, August 29, Zerolandfill Nashville will host its annual harvest–an event that aims to divert thousands of pounds of design and construction materials from our landfills by donating those items to artists and community members.

So what’s the big deal about landfills? Check out these facts and stats.

An excavator crushes trash at the Anchorage Landfill, Aug. 21. The landfill provides the methane that powers the newly constructed Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Landfill Gas Plant. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brian Ferguson)
The United States has 3,091 active landfills and more than 10,000 old municipal landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. There are currently 34 landfills in Tennessee.

More than 50 percent of our trash is sent to landfills.

Each year, some 34 million tons of paper is thrown away and ends up in landfills.

Poorly managed landfills can leak and contaminate groundwater, and the methane gas emitted by the decaying matter is a hazardous greenhouse gas and has a negative impact on the atmosphere.

Plastic bags take 10-20 years to decompose in a landfill; plastic bottles can take 450 years.

Aluminum cans can take 200-250 years, Lumber- 10-15 years, and synthetic carpet can take thousands of years to fully decompose in a landfill.

Celebrate Earth Day 2015 at TGCR’s Reuse Village

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, as more than 20 million people rallied in parks, on college campuses and even in the streets for a massive “teach-in” on the importance of environmental stewardship. Today, communities across the country still take time out in April to learn more about, to acknowledge and to show appreciation for the gifts the Earth bestows.

This year, Nashville celebrates Earth Day on April 18, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Centennial Park, and Turnip Green Creative Reuse will be there to celebrate, lend a hand and educate our community on the creative ways to reuse materials before recycling them, thus limiting the amount of unnecessary waste that ends up polluting out awesome Earth. With support from Metro Beautification and Piedmont Natural Gas, we’ll be hosting a Reuse Village. Come on by and become a villager! You’ll find all kinds of ways to reuse before recycling.

  • Create your own earth sculpture with artist, Kaaren Engel.
  • Personalize your own Piedmont reusable bag with stamps that signify energy efficiency.
  • Blow some bubbles from something natural or recyclable!
  • Channel your super powers with a power organizer or super power arm cuff.
  • Learn to mend something in your closet that needs fixing.
  • Trick out an old T-shirt – bring one with you and learn ways to revamp it into something fashionable and usable.
  • Plant some seedlings in biodegradable containers with seeds from the Nashville Public Library Seed Exchange and soil from the Compost Company.
  • Make a journal out of things you put in your recycle bin everyday.
  • Take in an art show that will show art made from reuse materials AND that represents a significant message about energy conservation.
Interested in volunteering with this great event? Email us to be involved in the Reuse Village, or sign up here to help with the larger festival.
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