Trash: Making a LandfillSanitary Landfillshttp://en.hesperian.org/hhg/A_Community_Guide_to_Environmental_Health:Sanitary_Landfills
A sanitary landfill is a pit with a protected bottom where trash is buried in layers, compacted (pressed down to make it more solid), and covered. A sanitary landfill can reduce harm from waste that has collected, and is safer than an open dumping site. But even the best sanitary landfill will fill up and, after many years, probably start to leak. To solve our waste problems, we still need to prevent waste in the first place.
It is difficult to turn open dumps into sanitary landfills. Instead, a community can build a new sanitary landfill and clean up the old site by transporting trash to the new one. A sanitary landfill protects community health when: --- CONTINUED at LINK, above ---