The Smelly, Oozy, Sometimes Explode-y Science of Garbage

You ever think about where your trash goes? How long it takes to decompose? And whether your garbage can become … dangerous? You should! Hank explains the science of trash, how we’ve dealt with it (or not) over the ages, and both the risks and the potential it holds for the future.

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Sources for this episode:

http://www.environmentalistseveryday.org/docs/research-bulletin/Research-Bulletin-Modern-Landfill.pdf
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/touring-the-largest-active-landfill-in-america/274731/
http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/26/us/la-trash-puente-landfill
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/21/AR2011022102609.html
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/index.htm
http://ohioline.osu.edu/cd-fact/0137.html
http://ohioline.osu.edu/cd-fact/0139.html

Biodegradability


http://www.regionaldistrict.com/services/environmental-services/westside-waste-disposal-recycling/what-happens-in-a-landfill.aspx
http://www.lostmag.com/issue22/garbageland.php
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2005-11-10/features/0511090386_1_carts-alleys-garbage
http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/outdoors/air/landfill_gas.htm
http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-12302005-111503/unrestricted/AyeshaIraniThesis.pdf
http://www.crd.bc.ca/waste/hartland/documents/whathappensinalandfill.pdf
http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=8010

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/08/130801-amager-bakke-europe-waste-to-energy/
http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/municipal/landfill/bioreactors.htm
http://www.wastebusinessjournal.com/news/wbj20020829B.htm
http://www.wm.com/thinkgreen/pdfs/bioreactorbrochure.pdf

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