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.
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.