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Ever Wondered What Happens to Your Waste? The Shocking Truth About Landfills and Global Warming!

The United Kingdom produces 434 million tons of waste each year. That will fill the Albert Hall each 2 hours.

Householders produce about 30,000,000 tonnes about annually. 73% of this waste goes to landfill, although ninety percent of it actually is recoverable and may be recycled, reused or composted. Landfill remains the principal way of handling most of the waste in the United Kingdom. Landfill tax was introduced in 1996 in an effort to cut the amount of waste going to landfill.

Landfill Gas ( Methane ) One tonne of waste tipped in a landfill produces between two hundred and four hundred cubic metres of landfill gas. Landfill sites released 32% of the UK’s methane emissions in 2009. Methane is about twenty-one times more strong than carbon-dioxide and permitting methane to flee into the atmosphere has heavy planetary warming consequences.

Landfill Leachate During landfill site operation, a liquid known as ‘Leachate ‘ is produced. This is a mix of organic degradation products, liquid waste and rain water. Leachate is intensely variable in composition dependent on the character of the waste in the landfill and the landfill design, but generally it has high organic carbon content, significant amounts of nitrogen and is mostly a little acidic.

Landfills are designed and operate to seal the waste as much as practicable from the encompassing environment. Central to this environmental protection is avoiding groundwater contamination.


The more rubbish, waste and junk that gets recycled is the less that has to go to landfill. This in turn means less methane is released, causing less global warming, and less leachate seeping into the earth and damaging our already fragile eco system.

My name is Martin Harris. I am the founder of an eco friendly company called called Eco Rubbish Clearance – http://ecorubbishclearance.co.uk The company was started with an aim to providing a green alternative to conventional skip hire.

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Recycling has never been so important. We need to cut back on landfill deposits and find new ways to reuse and recycle unwanted things. Visit our website to find out what the future of waste management looks like. http://ecorubbishclearance.co.uk From small acorns, mighty oaks grow…

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