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Lessons From a Landfill| 28mins
Director: Gretta Wing Miller | Producer: Aarick Beher
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: United States
Subject Tags: americas, environment, united states
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
When you throw it away, where is “away”? “Lessons from a Landfill” provides a look behind the scenes at the daily workings of a small county landfill in Wisconsin, the valiant recycling efforts of its determined Solid Waste Manager, and the engineering details of construction of another one-acre cell that will fill with 100 million pounds of garbage in only four years. They have found recycling markets for 30 percent of the waste that comes in, but still, 50 tons of garbage a day are dumped on the floor, pushed onto a conveyor, compacted into bales, and stacked in mounds that are reaching three stories above the driftless landscape, with another 30 feet below ground level. As Solid Waste Manager Gail Frie asks, “ How much land are we willing to give up to just store our waste forever?” This engaging film will cause you to think twice about everything you buy, and everything you throw “away”.

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