Project #52041 - Municipal Solid Waste

ask Name: Phase 4 Individual Project
Deliverable Length: 2–3 pages
Details:

Weekly tasks or assignments (Individual or Group Projects) will be due by Monday, and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Municipal solid waste (MSW) is all of the garbage, refuse, trash, or junk that gets thrown away from homes and small businesses. All of this MSW is collected and taken away. Have you ever wondered where it goes? In the 1950s and 60s, it went to open dumps. In the 1970s, landfills were established, but there were problems, and today there is new legislation and technology to better manage this waste.

For this assignment, you will review the history of MSW and complete the following:

  • Describe an open dump.
    • Explain the environmental problems.
  • Describe an early landfill.
    • What are the problems associated with early landfills?
    • Include a discussion of leachate, methane, incomplete decomposition, and settling.
  • Describe a modern landfill.
    • What are the differences as compared to early landfills?
    • What improvements have been made?
  • Choose 1 of the following landfills, and explain the innovations being implemented to make the landfill more productive and to reduce its environmental impact:
    • Mariannhill Landfill, South Africa
    • Puente Hills Landfill, California
    • Altamont Landfill, California
    • Tessman Road Landfill, Texas

 

Please submit your assignment.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

Course Materials

Course Materials

Points Possible: 150
Date Due: Monday, Dec 15, 2014
Objective:
  • Describe fundamental concepts of Environmental Science: sustainability, stewardship, and sound science.
  • Recognize the role of scientific inquiry in the establishment of current environmental laws.
Submitted Files: Submit Task
Score: N/A

Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 12/15/2014 05:00 pm
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