July 22, 2019

Landfills and junkyards and dumps, oh my!

Landfills and junkyards and dumps, oh my!

As I was floating blissfully in my pool over this past scorching hot weekend, blaring tunes for the neighbors to enjoy, I heard the old song “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” (sung by the late, great Jim Croce). When it was announced that Leroy was badder than old King Kong and meaner than a junkyard dog, I thought to myself, what is a junkyard? Is it the same as a landfill? A dump? (There’s really no rhyme or reason to my thought process. My mind just wanders aimlessly and I follow it to where it goes).

So naturally, I had to find out. I knew you’d want to know, so I’m sharing my new found knowledge with you.

A junkyard (or salvage yard) is where scrap metal, used auto parts and junk cars are deposited and pieces parts can be sold for profit. This is where my husband got a tail light for my son’s car at a fraction of the cost!

A landfill is a carefully designed structure that is lined where we dispose of waste material by burying it and covering it with soil to isolate it from the environment. This makes trash even more difficult to decompose but spares the environment from toxic chemicals and contaminating our groundwater.

A dump is an open hole in the ground where trash is thrown in willy nilly with no thought to the environment. Dumps have basically been replaced by landfills when science figured out what we were doing to the planet.

Most of us don’t think twice about our garbage. We put it on the curb and a truck comes and takes it away. Just like magic. But there is no “away.” It has to go “somewhere.”

We are lucky. All we have to do is simply look at some of the things we’re throwing in the trash and, when possible, put it into the recycling container. It can be made into something new. Isn’t that wonderful?



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