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Understanding How Landfills Work

When you throw a piece of trash into a garbage can or dumpster, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about where that trash will end up. But the truth is that it will likely land in one of the various landfills located in your area. You can do your part to help the planet by trying to reduce the amount of waste that you throw out and by using a recycling bin serving Chicago to get rid of recyclable items. Check out how landfills work below to see why you should make a better effort to cut down on the waste you create.

Step 1: A waste management company collects your trash.

Before your trash can be taken to a landfill, a waste management company will come to your home or business and pick it up. By placing recyclable items into a recycling bin, you can ensure that they are not taken to a landfill. If you own a business, companies like the one owned by Jim Bracken can also take the time to sort through a dumpster pickup to decide what can be recycled from it.

Step 2: Your trash is emptied into a landfill.

After your trash has been picked up, most of it will be taken to a landfill. Landfills are structures that sit either in the ground or right on top of the ground. They are separated from the environment with a clay or plastic liner and are designed to prevent trash from coming into contact with groundwater, air, and rain.

Step 3: A landfill is covered once it has reached its capacity.

Over time, a landfill will fill up and, eventually, it won’t be able to hold any more trash. Once it has been filled, a layer of dirt will be placed over top of it. Unfortunately, the trash can take a long time to decompose due to the conditions inside of a landfill, but the majority of the trash will decompose over the years.

To make sure you are disposing of your trash properly, call Jim Bracken, owner of Brackenbox, at 708-339-4100.

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