Despite the advances in recycling technologies the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites continues to grow. Until attitudes to responsible recycling change there will remain an ongoing problem with ever expanding landfill requirements. Below are 10 mega landfill sites from around the world.

1. Puente Hills Landfill, LA, USA

The largest rubbish dump in America – it receives 12,000 tons of solid household and commercial waste a week. Its saving grace (if you can call it that) is the fact that the methane collected is used to generate electricity (can this be classed as “green energy”)

2. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Only few miles away from Cambodia’s leading tourist attraction and world heritage site of Angkor, receives over 700,000 tons of waste a year. Some of the poorest people in Cambodia make a living from collecting recyclable waste from here.

3. Changde, China

The growth in China’s economy has led to a bludgeoning middle class, an increase in purchased goods and inevitably the generation of tons of waste ending up in landfill.

4. Olusosun Landfill Site, Nigeria

Nigeria’s largest rubbish dump – it handles 12,000 tons of rubbish a day an entire community thrives on the proceeds they make from collecting rubbish that is thrown away daily.

5. Bantar Gebang, Indonesia

Synonymous with every other landfill site, with a projected operation period extended by a further 20 years, 6,000 tons of waste a day could grow to well beyond 10,000 if responsible recycling attitudes are not adopted

6. Sidon’s mountain’ Lebanon is an immense landfill that dumps its trash into the Mediterranean

7. Ghazipur Landfill site Delhi India

8. Bordo Poniente garbage dumps in Mexico City.

9. Villa El Salvador District, Lima.

10. Trutier dump Port-au-Prince, Haiti

If recycling attitudes do not improve then there is no reversing the devastating impact on the environment. Taking into consideration the amount of recyclable material recovered by the dumpsite communities it comes as a surprise that all that waste makes it to landfill anyway. This list of landfill sites is just a drop in the ocean and there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of landfill sites around the world.

Will Wilson

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