Over the last few weeks, I have had to think about the many problems that trash and can create for a society with this alternative reality project. When I think about trash now, I automatically think about landfills and how there will eventually be no space for trash if our society doesn’t do anything to decrease the amount of trash that enters landfills. Another thing that comes to mind when thinking about the landfill problem are the more severe problems that those living near the landfill face.
Perhaps the most obvious problems associated with landfills and those living around them are the sights and smells that go along with the disposal and transportation of trash. Having to live in a house where you can see an active landfill from your window is not the most appealing situation. Stepping out of your house every morning you would be forced to smell the vile smells that are associated with trash and you wouldn’t be able to escape the smell until you were far enough away from the source. In addition, the noises that can be heard early in the morning from the trucks that collect trash can also be very annoying to people. There have even been rare instances where the toxic leachate from the landfill has leaked out of the landfill and into local water supplies. Although these problems can be very detrimental to our society, people have adapted to be able to live with these problems.
Although many people have adapted to living near landfills, adapting to living in a world where trash is on every street corner is something that I do not want to deal with. This is why our society needs to continue to develop new technologies that help us reduce the amount of trash that we place in our landfills. Personally, I don’t want to live in a world like that and I don’t think that anybody else in this world wants to live that way either.